About me


I am an anthropologist of art with research interests in nationalism, contemporary art, futurism, global art markets, the Gulf and Indian Ocean countries.


I received my Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna with distinction. My doctoral research project 'Their past in a painting: contemporary art and local heritage in the UAE' examines the relationship between contemporary art production and nation-building.


In addition, I hold an MSc in Social Anthropology with a focus on the Middle East from the University of Oxford and a BA in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Vienna.


I was a guest researcher at the Max Planck Fellow Group 'Connectivity in Motion' at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany, and IFK Junior Fellow Abroad, IFK International Research Centre for Cultural Studies of the University of Art and Design Linz. I was furthermore a uni:docs fellow of the University of Vienna and have been the coordinator of the Center for Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 

Currently, I am appointed as a Visiting Professor in Visual Theory and Practice at the Visual Studies Platform at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. 




Dr.phil, University of Vienna, 2019

Social and Cultural Anthropology, with distinction

MSc, University of Oxford, 2013

MSc Social Anthropology

BA, University of Vienna, 2010

BA in Prehistoric & Medieval Archaeology, 
minors Socio-Cultural Anthropology & Arabic