Sinem A Casale
My research focuses on the history and visual culture of early modern Islamic courts (Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals), with a special focus on issues of exchange, materiality, gift-giving practices, courtly rituals, and picture theory. My current book project titled "Gifts in Motion: Ottoman-Safavid Cultural Exchange" investigates the ceremonial exchange of gifts between the Ottoman and Safavid courts, and explores the potential of objects to act as agents in diplomatic negotiations. Prior to joining the Art History Department at the University of Minnesota, I taught at McGill University's Institute of Islamic Studies, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. My research has also been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Kress Foundation.