Prof. Samer Akkach, Founding Director, Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Samer Akkach has been at the University of Adelaide since 1993. He is an established scholar in two fields of study: architectural history and theory and Islamic studies, and has a cross-cultural background, interdisciplinary research interests, and a unique mix of expertise.  Samer founded the Centre for Asian and Middle Easter Architecture (CAMEA) in 1997 and has supervised numerous doctoral thesis on Islamic architecture, art, urbanity, culture, and history. His scholarly publications include the landmark Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas (2005),  ‘Abd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī: Islam and the Enlightenment (2007), and, most recently, Damascene Diaries: A Reading of the Cultural History of Ottoman Damascus in the Eighteenth Century (2015).



Dr. Samuel Bowker, School of Communication and Creative Industries, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Sam Bowker is a Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He is the curator of regional and international exhibitions on the theme of ‘Khayamiya’, or Egyptian Tentmaker Applique, and has developed the new subject ‘ART240: Introduction to Islamic Art and Design’ as Australia’s first distance-education undergraduate subject in Islamic art from contemporary perspectives. Prior to joining CSU he lectured in Art and Design Theory for the ANU, where he completed his PhD. He has also developed education programs for the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia and National Museum of Australia.



James Bennett, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia.

James Bennett is Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. His major exhibitions and catalogue publications include Crescent Moon: Islamic art and civilisation of Southeast Asia (2005), Golden Journey: Japanese art from Australian collections (2009), Beneath the Winds: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian art (2011), Realms of Wonder: Jain, Hindu and Islamic art of India (2013) and Treasure Ships: Art in the age of spices (2014). He is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Adelaide into the role of Indian trade textiles as a vehicle for the transmission of Islamic art motifs to Indonesia.


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Perri Sparnon, Research Assistant, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Perri Sparnon is a Research Assistant at The University of Adelaide where her work currently focuses on the history of Arab-Islamic science in the pre- and early-modern periods. Perri joined the University in 2015 to completed her Honours thesis, ‘Revelation and Reason: The Development of Islamic Cosmology, 7th – 18th centuries’, under the supervision of Professor Samer Akkach. Previously, she studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History at The University of Melbourne.