American Univesity of Beirut

On Broken Glass

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​​Cutting thr​​ough disciplines, our invited speakers will shed light on glass from multiple, often complementary perspectives. An archeologist will review three thousand years of glass making, an art historian a thousand years of stained glass from the Romanesque period to the present. An architect considers light through glass as science and poetry; a physicist grapples with dislocations, and with them glass relaxing, flowing. A historian of science and a chemist report jointly on the deciphering of ancient texts with a kiln at hand; a computational materials scientist simulates the deformation, the fracture of glass. Guided by a visual artist, we follow the primal energy of a glass making workshop feeding the fancy of contemporary artists; then conclude as we must with a critical theorist questioning “the very idea of a medium that transposes an immediacy beyond mediation”. Part hall of mirrors, part kaleidoscope, and you the listener, the virtual glass maker, assembling a mosaic as you probe the heart of the matter, the probe the heart of the matter, the heart​ of glass.​​



  • American U​niversity of Beirut
    • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    • Farouk Jabre Center for Arabic and Islamic Science and Philosophy
    • Department of History and Archeology
    • Department of Physics
    • Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences​
  • Trier University
    • Institute of Archaeology​

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