A virtual symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (February 24 & 25, 2022 - 10 am-3:30 pm EST).
The Hidden Stories symposium celebrates the closing of the exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto - Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads - which includes books, scrolls, manuscript paintings, textiles, and objects spanning a 1,000-year history from the 10th to the 20th centuries. The exhibition is both global - examining a vast network of trade routes spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa - and local, bringing together historical artifacts from collections across Ontario, Canada.
The symposium will be organized around four roundtable sessions exploring specific objects from the exhibition (Judaica, Christian and Islamic objects from Ethiopia, Buddhist manuscripts from South and Southeast Asia, and a baptismal register from Spanish colonial America). The roundtables will explore the process of working with manuscripts and objects in each tradition within the museum and library context. In this way, we aim to highlight the relationship of — and flow between — collaborative university-based research and the public-facing mandate of museums. The symposium is also an opportunity to look back on the intensely collaborative process of developing the exhibition and to look forward and think about what future directions might be taken in this type of work in museums and libraries.
The full program for this event can be seen here: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/programs/hidden-stories-global-history-local-networks