Ariana Pemberton

History of Art

Ariana Pemberton is a PhD student in the Art History department focusing on South Asia and the Indian Ocean world during the medieval period (ca. 800-1500). Bringing together agents of South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa, her MA thesis on the fifteenth-century Firuz Minar in Bengal, built under the first African reign of the subcontinent, engages architectural histories of the subcontinent and the broader Islamic world, epigraphic and numismatic histories of Sultanate Bengal, and East African diasporic histories of Habshis and Black kingship in South Asia. More broadly, her interests include complex and non-teleological networks of exchange, new materialist theory, and histories from below that de-center and de-monumentalize Europe.