d ɪˈv a n | A Journal of Accounts , is a biannual journal co-published by Alan Cruickshank and UNSW Sydney School of Art & Design. d ɪˈv a n | A Journal of Accounts presents critical interpretations on contemporary art and culture, and its broader historical, socio-political and theoretical contexts, from the greater Asian regions (Middle East, South/Southeast/East Asia and Asia-Pacific), which determine historical and current socio-cultural affinities with contemporary Australian art and society.
divan: from the Persian dīwān, an account book; origin dēvan, booklet; also related to debir, writer; evolved through ‘a book of poems’, ‘collection of literary passages’, ‘an archive’, ‘book of accounts’ and ‘collection of sheets’ to ‘an assembly’, ‘office of accounts’, ‘custom house’, ‘government bureau’ or ‘councils chamber’, to a long, cushioned seat, which in this sense entered European languages.
divan presents a shift of content and meaning over time coexistent with evolving historical relationships between the East and West.
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d ɪ ' v a n | A Journal of Accounts is published biannually by DIVAN JOURNAL and UNSW Art & Design, Sydney.
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