Ayesha Fuentes studied for a PhD in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS. She now works as Isaac Newton Trust Research Associate in Conservation at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
Why did you choose SOAS, and why MPhil/PhD in History of Art and Archaeology?
I chose SOAS because of their regional expertise and openness to interdisciplinary research.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoyed my supervisor(s) and peers for both their knowledge and accessibility.
Can you tell us about the work you do now and how you got there?
I have returned to working within a museum collection as an objects conservator but with the research skills and experience I cultivated as a doctoral researcher, I am now enabled to initiate collaborative studies within my institution, across the UK and abroad, and to furthermore share and circulate the findings.
How has your experience at SOAS helped you in your career?
Studying at SOAS was an opportunity to refine my interests and methodologies in the study, care and handling of Asian material religion. It also gave me the confidence and resources to propose and administer rigorous and creative programs for research and critical engagement. I was also supported in my study of Tibetan and Himalayan languages, visual cultures and textual sources.