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 Associate Professor, Department of Art History

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On sabbatical 2018-2019


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

  • ‘The Monumental Miniature: Liquid Architecture in the Kilgas of Cairo’, Art History, 38:2 (2015), pp. 304–323
  • ‘Islam and Visual Art’, in Frank Burch Brown (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 310–320; also published online in Oxford Handbooks Online,
  • Kashan Ware’, Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater (New York: Columbia University, 2014)
  • ‘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.), Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture: New Perspectives (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2436, 2012). 12 articles; vii+147 pp. ISBN 9781407310350
  • 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)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2015–16: Membership, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 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
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1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.