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Assistant Professor of History and Art and Art History Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA (Hons) University of Melbourne; PhD University of Sydney
Research Areas: identity, images and the built environment, craft production, pre-Islamic Central Asian visual art
Fiona Kidd is an archaeologist with 13 years of excavation experience in the Near East and Central Asia, predominantly Uzbekistan. As a member of the Karakalpak-Australian Archaeological Expedition, she excavated and continues to publish a major corpus of Central Asian wall paintings dated to the first century BCE – including a gallery of life-sized portraits – from the site of Akchakhan-kala in Khorezm.
Fiona combines research interests in identity, images and the built environment, craft production, and exchange with specializations in pre-Islamic Central Asian visual art. She is particularly interested in the interactions between mobile, agricultural, and herder populations, which have shaped Central Asia over millennia.
She is preparing a book in which she applies a deep time approach to the Khorezmian oasis, in order to understand late first millennium BCE exchange as part of a much broader pattern of interactions. She has established a collaborative fieldwork project in Uzbekistan in June 2015.
Before joining NYUAD Fiona was an assistant curator in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012-2014), a Visiting Research Scholar at ISAW/NYU (2011-12), and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney (2008-2011).