Orientality is a biennial conference series developed by the Orientalist Museum, Doha.
The inaugural conference Orientality: Cultural Orientalism and Mentality took place at Cambridge University in 2013 and showcased the restoration work of the museum staff as well as that of an international delegation of museum professionals.
The second upcoming conference will offer to international art and museum professionals an opportunity to come together and discuss the art, history, politics and future of the Orientalist art movement.
The Orientalist Museum holds one of the most significant collections of Orientalist art in the world, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and decorative objects. Collectively these artworks trace the history of Orientalism from the early sixteenth century to the present day.
The conference title orientality is a combination of two terms – orientalism and mentality. The term orientalism has been used in art history since the early nineteenth century in association with works of art on Middle Eastern and North African subjects pioneered by French artists. The term mentality is defined as “way of thinking of a person or a group” formed and shaped under various historical, political, social and cultural circumstances and environments.