My research explores the cultural history of pre-modern Eurasia and Indian Ocean World, with a focus on the visual and material culture as well as history of technology and science. My current projects focus on the relationship between objects and its beholders in contexts, especially the related sensory experiences. I am also interested in comparative aesthetics and art history.
I was awarded my PhD in art history from Universität Heidelberg, Germany. Before that, I studied history, Persian studies and Islamic art in China, Iran and UK.
Pre-Modern Eurasia and Indian Ocean World
Visual and Material Culture
History of Technology and Science
History of Senses
Comparative Aesthetics and Art History
My forthcoming monograph, titled Chinese Painting and Persianate Viewers in the Long Fifteenth Century, examines the viewing experience of Chinese painted scrolls in the Turco-Persian courts of Central Asia and Iran. I have also published extensively on visual representation, collecting and material culture.
I am currently developing a new project on the cultural history of senses in pre-modern Eurasia and Indian Ocean World.