George Manginis

Associate Lecturer

My research interests focus on the varied modes of sharing cultural practices across Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. In my first book, ‘Mount Sinai; A History of Travellers and Pilgrims’ (published 2016), I examined the monastic and pilgrimage phenomena since Late Antiquity. In ‘China Rediscovered; The Benaki Museum Collection of Chinese Ceramics’ (published 2016) and in a series of relevant articles I focused on the reception and appreciation of Chinese pottery in early 20th century Europe. I have also published research on the material culture of diasporic communities, either Armenians in 17th century Iran and 18th century India or Greeks in 19th century Britain. Finally, my ongoing research examines the appropriation of Islamic art in Interwar-period Greece. These research interests have been explored not only in scholarly writings but also in permanent and temporary museum exhibitions, like the Treasury of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia, London (2006) and the ‘Ceramics from China’ exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Athens (2016), both of which I curated.

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