The First World War and the Arts and Archaeology of the Middle East

This event was held on 20th November, 2014


Place: Walter Mearns Learning Centre (McPherson Library), UVic, Room A003

Time:  5:30 p.m., with reception (by donation) following the talk

Program: Professor Marcus Milwright (St Cross, 1992) will be presenting his talk:

The First World War and the Arts and Archaeology of the Middle East.

The Mesopotamian campaign (1914-18) and the Sinai and Palestine campaign (1915-18) led to considerable loss of life, both military and civilian, and extensive damage to infrastructure and to urban and rural settlements. The partition of the territories of the Ottoman empire in 1920 helped to shape the political history of the modern Middle East. This talk considers the ways in which these events affected the traditional arts of Syria and Iraq in the early twentieth century. Also examined is the increasing importance of archaeology in the study of the cultures of the Middle East.

This talk is being presented in conjunction with the exhibit “The Arts of WW1,” curated by Marcus Milwright and on display 7 November to 2 March 2015 in the Special Collections Division of the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library. (See:

Professor Milwright is Professor of Islamic Art & Archaeology in the Department of History in Art, University of Victoria.

Join Marcus for discussion and a VIOCS-hosted reception (by donation) in Room 025 of the library following his 20 November talk.Please R.S.V.P. ([email protected]) so that we have an idea of the numbers, though all are welcome who show up at the door.

VIOCS would like to extend special thanks to University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson (Exeter, 1992) and his staff for their generous help in facilitating this event. For further information contact [email protected] or call Dorothy Kennedy at 250-384-4544.