Melanie Sindelar is an anthropologist of art with research interests in nationalism, contemporary art, global art markets, futurism, the Gulf and Indian Ocean countries. She has received her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna with distinction in 2019. Her doctoral research project 'Their past in a painting: contemporary art and local heritage in the UAE' examines the relationship between contemporary art production and nation-building. Melanie Sindelar holds an MSc in Social Anthropology with a focus on the Middle East from the University of Oxford and a BA in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Vienna. During her Ph.D. research, she was a guest researcher at the Max Planck Fellow Group 'Connectivity in Motion' at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany, and IFK Junior Fellow Abroad, IFK International Research Centre for Cultural Studies of the University of Art and Design Linz. She was furthermore a uni:docs fellow of the University of Vienna and has been the coordinator of the Center for Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Currently, Melanie Sindelar is a Post-Doc Researcher in the FWF Stand-Alone Project P28736, on Local Conceptions of Reincarnation among the Druzes in the Middle East.