SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

PhD Theses Completed since 2005


Rosalia Genovese
The Plain of Jars of Laos - Beyond Madeleine Colani
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Nikolaos Vryzidis
A study on Ottoman Christian aesthetic: Greek-Orthodox vestments & ecclesiastical fabrics, 16th to 18th centuries
Supervisor: Anna Contadini 

Hee Na Youn
Objects of Popular Devotion: Longquan Ceramic Religious Figures during the Song-Yuan-Ming Period
Supervisor: Stacey Pierson

Jung-taek Lee
The Birth of Modern Fashion in Korea: Sartorial Transition between Hanbok and Yangbok and Colonial Modernity of Dress Culture.
Supervisor: Charlotte Horlyck

Mimi Savitri
Surakarta: Islamic and Colonial city-planning in Java
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Preeti Khosla
A Study of the Visual Language of the Indigenous Styles of Book Painting in North India during the Sultanate perios (1414-1525 AD)
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Chengxi Dong
Early Museums in China
Supervisor: Tao Wang


Emma Martin
Charles Bell, a collector in Tibet
Supervisor: Crispin Branfoot

Tanja Tolar
Islamic enamelled glass and its connections with Byzantium and Venice
Supervisor: Anna Contadini


Yin Hwang
The Depiction of War and Rebellion in the Print and Visual Culture of Late Qing China, 1884-1901
Supervisor: Shane McCausland

Bora Keskiner
Sultan Ahmed III (c.1703 – 1730) as Calligrapher and patron of Calligraphy
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Chen Li-Kuei
The Siwei Boddhisattva: The Contemplating Image in Popular Buddhism of sixth Century China
Supervisor: Lukas Nickel

Shuchi Shen
Marketing the artist: the art of Qi Baishi (1864 – 1957) in the Peking Art World
Supervisor: Shane McCausland

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
Hishida Shunsō (1874-1911): Breaking Boundaries in Modern Japanese Art
Supervisor: Timon Screech

Farouk Yahya
Magic and Divination: the Malay Tradition in Illustrated Manuscripts
Supervisor: Anna Contadini


Elena Bernadini
Interrogating Installation Art from India
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Alyson Wharton
Building the Tanzimat: the Power of the Baylan Family in the Age of Re-Organizations
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Anna McSweeney
The Green and the Brown: a study of Paterna ceramics
Supervisor: Anna Contadini

Alison Ohta
Covering the Bok: Bindings of the Mamluk period, 1250 – 1516 CE
Supervisor: Anna Contadini

Selen Etingu
Carved Headgear on Ottoman Tombstones: A marker of status within three administrative departments in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Angela Chiu
The social and religious world of northern Thai Buddha images: art, lineage, power and place in Lan Na monastic chronicles (Tamnan)
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Sophie Mew
Rethinking heritage and display in national museums in Ghana and Mali
Supervisor: Charles Gore

Jenny Preston
Nishikawa Sukenobu: the engagement of popular art in socio-political discourse
Supervisor: Timon Screech

Yi-hsin Lin
Tradition, Transmission and Transformation: Art Collecting and Gentry identity of the Pan Family in Nineteenth century Suzhou
Supervisor: Wang Tao

Nicole Chiang Ter-chuang
Reconsidering the Collection of the Imperial household during the Qianlong Reign (1735 – 1796)
Supervisor: Stacey Pierson

Ching-yi Huang
John Sparkes Ltd: Art dealer and Chinese Art in Britain, 1900 – 1950
Supervisor: Wang Tao


Melanie Gibson
The enigmatic figure – Glazed ceramic sculpture from Iran and Syria Twelfth – Thirteenth Centuries

Rosalind Anne Wade Haddon
Fourteenth century fine glazed wares produced in the Iranian world, and comparisons with contemporary ones from the Golden Horde and Mamluk Syria/Egypt
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Jeoung-eun Kim
Sabangbul during the Choson dynasty: regional development of Buddhist images and rituals

Mehreen Chida-Razvi
The Imperial Mughal Tomb of Jahangir: history, construction and production
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Joona Repo
The Buddhist architecture of the Tibetan diaspora in India
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore


Marjo Alafouzo
The Iconography of the Drinking Scene at Alchi, Ladakh
Supervisor: Philip Denwood

Pui Pedith Chan
The Making of a Modern Art World: The Institutionalism of Guohua in Shanghai, 1929 – 1937

Shinya Maezaki
Qing-Style Porcelain in Meiji Japan: The Ceramic Art of Seifi Yohei III
Supervisor: John Carpenter

Jane Oksbjerg
Religious Imagery of Middle Yayoi Settlements: An Iconology of Engraved Drawings on Kinai Pottery and Bronze Bells
Supervisor: John Carpenter

Malini Roy
Idiosyncrasies in the late Mughal painting tradition of Awadh: The artist Mihr Chand, son of Ganga Ram (fl. 1759 - 86)
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

John Glass
Artistic legacy: modern Burmese painting and graphics in their historical context
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Valerie Jurgens
The Karlbeck Syndicate 1930 – 1934: collecting and scholarship on Chinese art in Sweden and Britain
Supervisor: Wang Tao

George Manginis
Hagia Koryphe (Jabal Musa) at Sinai, Egypt 2010
Supervisor: Geoffrey King

Stephen Murphy
The Buddhist boundary markers of northeast Thailand and central Laos, 7th – 12th Centuries CE: towards an understanding of the archaeological, religious and artistic landscapes of the Khorat Plateau
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Francois Tainturier
The foundation of Mandalay by King Mindon


Oliver Chow
The cruel imagination: Visual politics of cruelty in contemporary culture
Supervisor: Tania Tribe

Clarence Eng
The Use of Ceramic in Chinese Late Imperial Architecture
Supervisor: Stacey Pierson

Monique Fowler-Paul
Growing Pains: Gender and the legacy of Black British Art
Supervisor: John Picton

Fatemeh Jazayeri
The Two Buyid, Kakuyid and Hasnuyid Hoards in the National Museum of Iran
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Emily Shovelton
Sultanate painting from the North Indian subcontinent: three fifteenth century Persian illustrated Manuscripts
Supervisor: Anna Contadini

Manuela Tenreiro
Military Encounters in the 18th Century: Racial Representations in the work of Carlos Juliao and Colonial Discourse in the Portuguese Empire
Supervisor: Tania Tribe

Chien Li-Kuei
The Siwei Bodhisvatta: The Contemplating Image in Popular Buddhism of Sixth Century China

Shu-chin Wang
Realist agency in the art field of twentieth-century China: realism in the art and writing of Xu Beihong (1895 – 1953)
Supervisor: Lukas Nickel


Ambra Calo
Transitions of a Feathered World: The Distribution of Bronze Drums in Earl Southeast Asia
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Reem Tariq El-Mutwalli
Changes in women’s traditional dress in the United Arab Emirates during the late twentieth century
Supervisor: Geoffrey King

Yu-Chin Huang
National Identity and Ideology in the Design of Postage Stamps of China and Taiwan, 1949 – 1979

Hamed Mazaherian
The influence of Shi’ite Islam on the Design and Decoration of Religious Buildings in the Safavid Period: a study based on the extant Mosques of Isfahan
Supervisor: Geoffrey King

Jennifer Oram
Freetown ‘Lantans’: Tradition, Art and Performance in Sierra Leone, 1895 – 1997
Supervisor: John Picton

Khau Ming Rubin
The Buddhist Sculpture of Yanqi (Karashahr): context, analysis and dating
Supervisor: Craig Clunas

Peter Sharrock
The Buddhist Pantheon of the Bayon of Angkor: An Historical and Art Historical Reconstruction of the Bayon and its Religious and Political Roots
Supervisor: Elizabeth Moore

Shun-ling Irene Tsang
Archaeology of performance and gender in Ancient China
Supervisor: Wang Tao

Yoshie Yoshiara
Art Museums in a Diverse Society: a Visitor Study at the South African National Gallery
Supervisor: Tania Tribe


May Ahmad Al-Ibrashy
The Southern Cemetery of Cairo from the 14th Century to the present
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Charlotte Horlyck
The Significance of Bronze Mirrors in Graves of the Koryo Period (AD 918 – 1392)
Supervisor: Youngsook Pak

Gehan Samir Ali Ibrahim
The Role of Architectural Representations in the Context of Islamic Decoration
Supervisor: Anna Contadini

Thalia Kennedy
Sultanate architecture of South Asia 1398 – 1526
Supervisor: Giles Tillotson

I-Mann Lai
The Famensi Reliquary Deposit: Icons of Esoteric Buddhism in Ninth – Century China
Supervisor: Wang Tao

Chao-Hui Liu
Ritual concepts and political factors in the making of the Tang Dynasty Princess Tombs in the 7th and 8th centuries
Supervisor: Wang Tao

Adriana de Miranda
Water Architecture in the Lands of Syria: The Water-Wheels
Supervisor: Anna Contadini

Ariane Perrin
Pathway to the afterlife: The Cosmological elements in the Koguryo painted tombs, 4th to 7th centuries AD
Supervisor: Youngsook Pak

Piu Yin Wong
The ‘Siling’ (Four Cardinal Animals) in Han Pictorial Art
Supervisor: Wang Tao


Christian Boehm
The Concept of Danzo: ‘Sandalwood Sculpture’ in Japanese Buddhist Art, 8th to 14th centuries
Supervisor: John Carpenter

Keith Godfrey
Pots of Gold? The representation of identity in contemporary South African art at the end of the Rainbow Nation
Supervisor: John Picton

Alfred Haft
Patterns of correspondence between the Floating World and the classical tradition: a study of the terms Mitate, Yatsushi and Furyu in the context of Ukiyo-e
Supervisor: Timon Screech

Man-Yee Ng
Ling Fenmian (1900 – 1991): figure painting and hybrid modernity in twentieth-century Chinese art

Helen Philon
Religious and royal architecture of the early Bahmani period (736/1347 – 825/1422)
Supervisor: Doris Behrens-Abouseif