On November 28, The Eastern Mediterranean Studies Association (EMSA) hosted a special presentation of medieval Islamic ceramics. Molly Datz, a senior in art history, presented “Looking Outside of the Box: Studying Islamic Ceramics,” her honors project research on these rare fragments for Dr. Lynn Jones’s Islamic Art and Architecture class. Datz discussed the problems inherent in identifying shape, function, and provenance, as well as the various techniques represented in the collection. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 students and community members. After Molly’s presentation, guests had the opportunity to handle individual pieces.
The talk was hosted by the Eastern Mediterranean Studies Association, a Florida State University multidisciplinary academic forum for the study of eastern Mediterranean culture and history. The organization is represented by students of Classics, Late Antiquity, Early Christian and Byzantine Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.