Student News


Congratulations to Sarah Slingluff, who was awarded a Grabar Travel Grant from the Historians of Islamic Art Association this year! Sarah received the award to present “Hidden in Plain Sight: Andalusi Cultural Heritage Sites in the Southern Meseta” at this year’s Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference. The award is given to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions.

Congratulations to Deniz Vural, who was awarded the MScR in History of Art, and whose dissertation, ‘Introducing the Modern, Maintaining the Exotic: The Self-Presentation of Mihri Hanim’, supervised by Dr Mira Xenia Schwerda, has been awarded the School of the History of Art’s Baldwin Brown Dissertation Prize, for Best MScR Dissertation in 2020-21!


Congratulations to Morgan Owen, who was awarded the MScR in MScR in Collections and Curating Practices with Distinction. Her thesis, “Structural and Curatorial Alternatives to the UNESCO/State-Body Heritage Model: The Umayyad Qusur,” considered how digital technology (AR, VR, anddigitization) could re-instate significance to overlooked heritage monuments in Jordan.


Congratulations to Sarah Slingluff on receiving an ARTES CEEH Travel Scholarship in support of  ‘Material Culture of the Arab/Berber Conquest: Excavations at the fortress of Zorita Castle and Surveying the Museums of the thaghr al-awsaṭ’

Morgan Owen traveled in Jordan over the winter break, carrying out field research on the Umayyad qusur (desert residences), thanks to generous support from a Postgraduate Research Expenses (PRE) Grant. Congrats!