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SQCC Annual Conference

SQCC Annual Conference

Date(s) - 10/25/2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center


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Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

It is a free event open to the public, with registration, held on 25 October 2022 from 10 am to 3pm.


Past Meets Present: The Impact of Tradition on Modern Omani Fashion & Accessories

SQCC Annual Conference

In association with the Asian Cultural History Program,National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

25 October 2022

10:00 Welcoming Remarks

Kathleen Ridolfo, Executive Director, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center(SQCC)

HE Ambassador Moosa Hamdan Al Tai, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States

HE Engineer Ibrahim Said Al Kharusi, Undersecretary of Heritage Affairs, Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman

Virginia Kromm, Associate Director, National Museum of Natural History,Smithsonian Institution, USA

10:15 – 11:10 Panel 1: The Art of Dress in Oman

10:15-10:30 Ms. Noor Anwar Abdullah Al Bahrani, fashion designer, Sultanate ofOman

10:30-10:45 Video presentation, Ms. Amal Al Raisi, fashion designer, Sultanate ofOman

10:45-11:00 Distinguished Moderator and Discussant: Dr. Alexander Nagel, Chair, Art History and Museum Professions Program, State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), USA

11:00 – 11:10 Q & A

11:10-11:20 Break

11:20-11:35 Panel 2: Personal Adornment

11:35-11:50 Ms. Marcia Dorr, Oman handicrafts expert, Michigan USA

11:50-12:05 Mr. Saif Nasser Al Tiwani, owner, Hilia and Rawae Al Shahba companies, Sultanate of Oman

12:05-12:20 Distinguished Moderator and Discussant: Dr. Mohannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, theLibrary of Congress, USA

12:20-12:30 Q & A

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break Keynote: Omani Royal Gifts at the SmithsonianDr. Paul Michael Taylor, Curator of Asian, European, Middle Eastern Ethnology and Director, Asian Cultural History Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA

1:30-2:25 Panel 3: Omani Scents and Salves

1:30-1:45 Dr. Rauhiya Al Khaifi, CEO, Latafa, Sultanate of Oman

1:45- 2:00 Mr. Karim Nagaty, Global Sales Officer, Amouage, Sultanate of Oman

2:15-2:30 Ms. Muna Saif Al Shukairi, CEO, Aljoory Boukhor, Sultanate of Oman

2:30-2:45 Distinguished Moderator and Discussant: Dr. Hanna M. Szczepanowska, Physical and Conservation Scientist, U.S. Treasury; West Virginia University, USA

2:45-2:55 Q & A

2:55 Closing Remarks, Kathleen Ridolfo, SQCC Executive Director


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