Today we bring to you some great holiday reading! We happened to stumble across this blog many months ago and were amazed at the content. It focusses on the UAE but talks about various aspects such as geography, climate, building techniques, architectural education etc. Therefore, we are proud to present to you the blog, Digital Heritage in the UAE Below is an introduction about the blog by the author himself.
My name is Ron Hawker and I'm an art historian with an interest in tribal art and architecture. This blog chronicles my work as a researcher, writer, and teacher.
I've published two books (Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-1961, Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2002, and Building on Desert Tides, Traditional Architecture in the Arabian Gulf, New Forest: Wessex Institute of Technology, 2008) and many journal articles on Native American art as well as traditional architecture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.
I am currently teaching in the Department of Liberal Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta.
I received a Phd in Native Canadian art from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I moved to Dubai in 1997 and became interested in historical architecture in the Gulf. I started to blog in 2005 when I was teaching at ZU as a way of just tracking what I was up to and pointing potential employers to the things I was doing with my students. Then, when I moved back to Canada, it began to lose its direction as I worked more and more on Native Canadian issues. Recently, I decided I want to put something together that was a little more informational and a little less show and tell. I decided to dedicate the blog, relaunch it and put more energy into it last May. I use it to talk directly to people who are interested in the subject matter and I hope to use it in the future as a launching pad for interactive e-publications that combine conventional text with dynamic multi-media.