Mira Xenia Schwerda

Mira Xenia Schwerda

PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and Middle East Studies
Mira Xenia Schwerda

Mira Xenia is a historian and art historian of the modern Middle East and a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s dual program in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Art and Architecture. Her research focuses on the histories of printing and photography and the relationship of art and politics in the 19th century. Her dissertation analyzes the impact of photography on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution.

Awarded a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Mira Xenia will continue her extensive archival research in the Middle East and Europe during the academic year 2018/19.

Before coming to Harvard, she earned two M.A. degrees, from Princeton University in Islamic Art History, and from the University of Tübingen in Modern History, Iranian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

She has published several articles, including “Death on Display: Mirza Reza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran” in: The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill), “Iranian Photography: From the Court, to the Studio, to the Street,” in: Mary McWilliams. David J. Roxburgh (eds.), Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th Century Iran, and “Amorous Couples: Depictions of Permitted and Prohibited Love,” in: David J. Roxburgh (ed.), An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran, and curated three temporary installations on photographs of Persepolis as well as the photography section for the exhibition “Technologies of the Image” for the Harvard Art Museums.

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