Abteilung Altertumswissenschaften | Department Classical Studies
1020 Wien, Hollandstraße 11-13
Doktoratsstudium der Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Wien. 2015-2017 Curatorial Fellow am Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Ab 2019 wissenschafltiche Mitarbeiterin (Post Doc) am Institut für Kunstgeschichte und "Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History" der Universität Wien sowie ab 2021 wissenschafltiche Mitarbeiterin (Post Doc) am Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts.
2019 Ph.D. Distinction, University of Vienna, History of Art
Dissertation: Nako—The Village “Adorned with Temples”: Residential Architecture on the West Tibetan Frontier (c. 18th-21st centuries)
Committee: Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Adam Hardy, Nachiket Chanchani, Peter Becker
2010 M.A. Distinction, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, History of Art and Archaeology
2007 B.A. Cum Laude, Bates College, History of Art and Visual Culture, Asian Studies minor
2006 School for International Training, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Program, India, Bhutan, Nepal
2004 Bates College, Fall Semester Abroad, “Zen Arts and Environment,” Kanazawa, Japan
2004 Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Architecture Career Discovery Program
2021-present Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Classical Studies, Austrian Archaeological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences
2019-present Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Art History / CIRDIS, University of Vienna
2018-19 Research Fellow, Department of Art History / CIRDIS, University of Vienna
2018-present Instructor and Coordinator, Curator Training Program, Kabul Museum Project,
University of Vienna (in cooperation with the National Museum of Afghanistan)
2015-17 Curatorial Fellow, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2012-14 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
2011 Teaching Assistant, “Arts of Afghanistan”, University of Vienna (in cooperation with the National Museum of Afghanistan)
2016-17 Curator, “Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple,”
Rubin Museum of Art, New York, September 16, 2016 to January 9, 2017
2018-present “Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the Dawn of the Islamic Era” (Austrian Science Fund Project P-31246, directed by Deborah Klimburg-Salter), https://shahimaterialculture.univie.ac.at/
2011-present Kabul Museum Project, University of Vienna / National Museum of Afghanistan, https://www.univie.ac.at/cirdis/research/kabul-museum-project
2019 Co-Organizer and Instructor, “Kabul Museum Project Art History and Curatorial Workshop in Japan” (cooperation between University of Vienna, Kyoto University, and National Museum of Afghanistan), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, December 1-14
Buddhist art and architecture, Arts of Afghanistan and Historical Northwest India, Vernacular architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas, Tibetan and Himalayan art, Material culture and sacred space, Methodologies in borderland and cultural transfer studies
Mitglied der Forschungsgruppe
2016 Anchored in Architecture: “Monumental Lhasa” at the Rubin Museum of Art. Orientations 47(7), 40–48.
2012 (with Gerald Kozicz) Ushnishavijaya: On the Relationship Between a Buddhist Deity and her Architectural Framework in Ladakh. Orientations 43(5), 21–29.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
“Dwelling beneath the King of Mountains: The Contribution of Vernacular Architecture to the Sacred Landscape of a Himalayan Village (Nako, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India),” Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, Naples, 2018. (submitted February 2019)
2016 Architectural Palimpsests: Exploring Matters of Production, Inhabitation, and Perception in the Vernacular Architecture of Nako (India). In: Nako: Research and Conservation in the Western Himalayas. Gabriela Krist (ed.). Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 58–73.
2012 Sharing Sacred Space: A Comparative Study of Tabo and Borobudur. In: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Berlin, 2010, Volume 2: Connecting Empires and States. Dominik Bonatz, Andreas Reinecke, & Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz (eds). Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 93–101.
Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries
Forthcoming Afghanistan: II. Historical Survey. 1. Before c. AD 900. (ii) Sculpture. (d) c. 4th-c. 9th century AD (updated entry). Grove Art/Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. (submitted September 2019)
Forthcoming Afghanistan: II. Historical Survey. 1. Before c. AD 900. (iii) Painting. Grove Art/Oxford Art Online (updated entry). Oxford University Press. (submitted September 2019)
2014 Review of Spirit of Place and the Evolution of the Vernacular House in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India, by Melissa Malouf Belz (Kansas State University Dissertation, 2012). Dissertation Reviews (http://dissertationreviews.org).
2020 “Tabo Monastery: Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Western Himalayas,” guest lecture for Prof. Nachiket Chanchani’s seminar ASIAN 335 “Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration,” University of Michigan (online), October 22
2016 “Monumental Lhasa Exhibition Preview,” Private Members Talks, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, August 1 and September 14
2015 “Buddhism Beyond the Temple: Exploring Vernacular Architecture in the Himalayas,” Bates College, Lewiston, ME, November 12
2015 “Vernacular Architecture in the Western Himalayas,” High Altitude Lecture, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, February 24
2016 Co-Convener, Panel 33 “The Representation of Knowledge About Tibet and the Himalayas in Material and Visual Culture,” 14th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Bergen, Norway, June 22
2019 “Buddhist Clay Sculpture Production in the Shahi Kingdoms: A Preliminary Investigation of the Akhnur School, c. 6th/7th century,” Transregional Academy “India and the World: New Arcs of Knowledge,” Kolkata, India, November 26
2018 “Dwelling beneath the King of Mountains: The Contribution of Vernacular Architecture to the Sacred Landscape of a Himalayan Village (Nako, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India),” European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, 24th Conference, Naples, Italy, July 2–6
2016 “Representing Iconic Architecture in Tibet: Monumental Lhasa at the Rubin Museum of Art,” 14th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Bergen, Norway
2015 “Future Projects at the Rubin Museum of Art,” Pecha kucha session, American Curators of Asian Art Forum (ACAAF), Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, April 12–14
2013 “Materiality and Ornamentation in Western Himalayan Architecture: An Examination of Historical and Contemporary Vernacular Architecture Traditions in Nako, Upper Kinnaur, India,” 13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2010 “Sharing Sacred Space: A Comparative Study of Tabo and Borobudur,” in the panel “Multi-Directional Flows of Buddhist Art in Southeast Asia,” 13th Annual Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA), Berlin, Germany