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Paulina Banas

Assistant Professor of Art History
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  • B.A., M.A., Sorbonne Universit√©
  • Ph.D., Binghamton University

Areas of Specialization: 19th-century visual culture; Islamic art and architecture; Orientalism; material culture; illustration and design history; art and travel

Originally from Poland, Paulina is an art historian whose research has focused on the visual and material cultures of the cross-cultural encounters between Europe and the Middle East (17th-present).

Her current book monograph, Visualizing Egypt: European Travel, Book Illustration, and the Marketing of the East in the 19th Century is under contract with the American University in Cairo Press. This project investigates the production of 19th-century French and British illustrated albums featuring Egyptian people and the Islamic architecture of Cairo. Paulina‚Äôs research has been supported by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, Huntington Library, Bibliographical Society of America, Historians of Islamic Art Association, and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Her writing also appeared in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, the exhibition catalogue The Fascination of Persia: Persian European Dialogue in Seventeenth-Century Art and Contemporary Art of Teheran, and the edited volume Pious Pilgrims, Discerning Travellers, Curious Tourists: Changing Patterns of Travel to the Middle East from Medieval to Modern Times.

Before coming to UAB, Paulina worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, Visiting Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow and Faculty Member at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Her teaching includes subjects on the arts of the Islamic world, Africa, 19th-century European visual culture, modern art, history of travel, and illustration history, taught in the larger global and technological context.

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