Professor Lawrence Nees has participated at the following conferences during the current year: In September he was invited to present a lecture at an international conference in Hildesheim, Germany, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the great monastery built there by its Bishop and Abbot Bernward: "Aspects of Antiquarianism in the art of Bernward and its contemporary analogues." In October he was especially busy, chairing a session at the 36th Byzantine Studies Conference, Philadelphia, 2010: "Medieval European Views of Byzantium," then presenting the invited keynote address at the 37th St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies: "Reading and Seeing. The beginnings of book illumination and the modern discourse on ethnicity," and toward the end of the month organizing a session at the 2nd Conference of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA), at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.: "Objects on the Borders of Islamic Art," and at the conference also being one of six scholars chosen to present a workshop devoted to an object in the museum's collection: "A Late Antique, Sasanian or early Islamic Silver Stand in the Freer Gallery of Art." In November, he was the invited keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), at Roanoke College: "The Eagle Capital in the Dome of the Rock." Professor Nees has been awarded a 2010-2011 fellowship at the National Humanities Center, where he is currently at work on a new book, Essays in the Margins of Early Islamic Art.