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Education

2000 – 2009: Dr. phil. (magna cum laude, 'with distinction') Islamic Art History and Archaeology, Department of the History of Art, Free University of Berlin. Dissertation: The Dragon: Evolution of an Iconography in Central Asia and Beyond. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Haase

1998 – 1999: M.A. History of Art and Archeology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Dissertation: Sufi Brotherhoods in Anatolia and Their Iconographic Representations in Islamic Art and Archeology

1988 – 1991: B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences) Chinese, Korean and Japanese Art and Archaeology, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo; second degree in Macroeconomics, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo; Monbusho Scholarship, Japanese Government Scholarship Program (Monbu-kagaku-shō)


Academic Career, Prizes, Fellowships, and Awards

2018 – 2020: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Research Project “The Visual Culture of Sufism in France and in Germany” (SufiVisual), funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon 2020-EU.1.3.2. – Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility / European Commission (Project ID: 794958)

2018 – 2020: Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC) / Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Aix-Marseille Université. Research Fellow

2019 – 2020: Winter Semester; Secondment in the framework of SufiVisual: Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh), University of Tübingen. Research Fellow

Since 2017: Department of Islamic Theological Studies, University of Vienna. Lecturer

2017: National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka; collaboration in exhibition "Trans-regional Migrations of Monster Motifs. Between Europe, West Asia, and East Asia", scheduled for 2022 at the National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, Japan. Overseas Visiting Fellow

2016 – 2017: Research Project "The Visual Culture of Sufism in Vienna: Ways of Viewing in the Mystical Islam of the Chishti-Inayati and the Halveti-Jerrahi" funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Promotion of Science and Research (MA7 – 1007867/16), Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna. Research Fellow

2017: Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility Program for teaching assignments funded by the European Commission, University of Aberdeen

2016: The Nantes Institute for Advanced Study. Research Fellow

2015: Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University – AMU (IMéRA), Marseille. Research Fellow

2015 – 2018: Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna. Lecturer

2013 – 2014: The European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program (EURIAS) / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as part of the EU-funded project EU-Institutions for Advanced Study Fellowship Program (EU-IAS-FP), NEC-Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest. Junior Fellow; continuation of field research in the Dobruja, Romania, and the Crimea, Ukraine

2013: 20th Joint World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issued by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for The Dragon in Medieval East Christian and Islamic Art. Leiden: Brill, 2011

2013: Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF), London. Research Grant

2012 – 2013: Orient-Institut Beirut der Max Weber Stiftung (OIB), Beirut; Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2012: London Academy of Iranian Studies (LAIS). Grant for continuation of field research in Central and Southeastern Europe. Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2011 – 2012: Austrian Research Foundation. Grant for pilot study and fieldwork on the visual and material culture of Sufism in Central and Southeastern Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Novi Pazar Sandžak in Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, the Dobruja, Romania, and the Crimea, Ukraine). Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2009 – 2011: Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna. Curatorial documentation and research of the holdings of the Islamic textiles and costumes, Textiles and Carpets Collection

1998 – 2009: UNESCO / UNDP. Evaluation of museum collections, curatorial as well as other consulting activities; resulting in regular missions to the Middle East (at least five times per year for a period of six to eight weeks each)
This allowed for extensive fieldwork, acquaintance with monuments and museums, and establishment of a comprehensive photographic database on various themes related to art and archaeology in the Mediterranean World (the Balkan Peninsula, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Spain, France, and Italy), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia), the Indian Subcontinent (Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh), the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan), and the Far East (China, Japan and Korea)

1998 – 2009: Kuwait National Museum, Dār al-Athār al-Islāmiyyah (Al-Sabāh Collection), Kuwait; curatorial documentation and cataloguing of a wide range of artefacts


Collaboration in Museum Exhibitions

2022: Shared Sacred Spaces Exhibition, Museum of Ethnology (Weltmuseum), Vienna

2021: Paylaşılan Kutsal Mekânlar / Shared Sacred Spaces Exhibition in Ankara, Anadolu Kültür, in collaboration with the French Institute and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, at Cermodern Ankara, 4 May–4 July, 2021

2019: Paylaşılan Kutsal Mekânlar / Shared Sacred Spaces Exhibition in Istanbul, Anadolu Kültür, in collaboration with the French Institute and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, at DEPO İstanbul, Tophane, 20 April–14 July 2019. The "Shared Sacred Spaces" project highlights the multisensory experience of pilgrimage, as seen through the lens of the three major Abrahamic religions

2017: Confluence of Faiths: Shared Sacred Spaces Exhibition in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Photography Thessaloniki, and Yeni Cami, 23 September–31 December 2017 as well as the 2017 Thessaloniki Biennale, 30 September 2017–14 January 2018

Since 2017: "Trans-regional Migrations of Monster Motifs, between Europe, West Asia, and East Asia", exhibition scheduled for 2022, National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, Japan

Since 2016: Research for facsimile publication and collaboration in 2018 Anniversary Exhibition of the Kitāb al-diryāq A.F.10, Austrian National Library Vienna

2014 – 2015: Lieux saints partagés / Shared Sacred Spaces exhibition in the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), Marseille, 29 April–31 August 2015

2009 – 2011: Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna

1998 – 2008: UNESCO / UNDP

1998 – 2008: Kuwait National Museum, Dār al-Athār al-Islāmiyyah (DAI)