Manazir is a platform of exchange that aims to connect researchers interested in the study of visual arts, architecture and heritage in the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa) in Switzerland. The term "Manazir" refers to landscape, perspective and point of view in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Persian. Thus, Manazir is oriented toward a diversity of transcultural and transdisciplinary “landscapes” and “points of views” and open to a multiplicity of themes, epochs and geographical areas. It is a non-hierarchical platform that will connect scholars, PhD candidates and art professionals working in Swiss universities and institutions, in order to give higher national and international visibility to a rich but yet relatively unknown field. The Platform disseminates information regarding conferences, workshops, publications and exhibitions taking place in Switzerland. Research results are also promoted through Manazir Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal that regularly publishes thematic issues in open access.
The platform is associated with the Swiss Society Middle East and Islamic Civilization (SSMOCI/SGMOIK) which is a member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (ASSH/SAGW).
Abdallah Benanteur, Jardins, 2003, diptych, watercolor paper, 39.2x32.7 cm, courtesy of the Claude Lemand Gallery