College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Margaret Graves

Margaret Graves Assistant Professor, Departmrnt of Art History
Office: Fine Arts 140
Phone: (812) 855-6714

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Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2010
M.Sc. (Res.), University of Edinburgh, 2006
M.A. (Fine Art), University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art, 2002

Research Interests

  • Medieval Islamic visual culture
  • Nineteenth-century Islamic arts
  • The image of architecture in paintings, sculpture and applied arts
  • Orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art

Selected Publications

  • ‘Feeling Uncomfortable in the Nineteenth Century’, Journal of Art Historiography, 6: Islamic Art historiography (special issue guest-edited by Margaret Graves and Moya Carey, June 2012)
  • Margaret S. Graves (ed. and catalogue entries) and Benoît Junod (ed.), Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of Islamic Architecture. Exhibition catalogue (Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011)
  • ‘Treasuries, Tombs and Reliquaries: A Group of Ottoman Qur’an Boxes of Architectural Form’, in The Meeting Place of British Middle East Studies: Emerging Scholars, Emergent Research and Approaches, ed. A. Phillips and R. Abu-Remaileh (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), pp. 78–98 and plates
  • ‘Visual Culture as Historical Document: Sir John Drummond Hay and the Nineteenth-Century Moroccan Pottery in the National Museum of Scotland’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36/1 (2009), pp. 93–124 (winner of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Article Prize, 2008)
  • ‘Ceramic House Models from Medieval Persia: Domestic Architecture and Concealed Activities’,IRAN: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 46 (2008), pp. 227–252
  • ‘“A Certain Barbaric Originality”: Moroccan Pottery as Viewed by British Travel Writers of the Nineteenth Century’, The Journal of North African Studies, 12/4 (2007), pp. 501–516

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2011–14: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (awarded; declined)
  • 2010–11: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
  • 2006–9: Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award: full funding for Ph.D.; additional funding for research in Iran, Syria and Egypt

Department of Art History
1201 East 7th Street, Office 132
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556