Maeve Sisi Silvia Mulligan Nolan

PhD student

Thesis: What light does late-19th-century and early 20th-century photography shed on the extent, nature and cultural impact of trade along the Silk Road: An analysis of St Petersburg, Xian, Bukhara and New Delhi

Supervised by Prof. Sarah Wilson

The cities that the Silk Road passed through became wealthy and powerful, renowned for their cosmopolitism, beauty, religious buildings and educational institutions. They were hubs of learning and cultural diversity; Bukhara, Istanbul, Xian, Kashgar, Basra, Baghdad, Tabriz, Yazd and Kerman are just a few examples. These commercial cities were the points from which merchants set out to market their wares all over the world.

An extensive exploration of the lands that the Silk Road passed through during the 19th and 20th century coincided with the rapid progress of photography. Up until the late 19th century the Silk Road had remained fundamental unchanged for two thousand years and the photographs taken of this subject, during the 19th century and early 20th century, capture a way of life that was about to change forever.


  • Yoga Teaching Qualification,The Yoga Alliance, January 2016
  • MA Art History and Archeology Of Africa and Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • BA Art History and Archeology of Africa and Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Professional Level Ballet and Contemporary Dance, The Beijing Academy of Dance, Beijing, The Peoples Republic of China, September 2008 – September 2009

Research interests

  • Silk Road by land and sea
  • Continent of Asia & Africa
  • Cross cultural influences upon cultural development
  • Photography
  • Theatre, including music, dance & circus
  • Fashion & makeup
  • Ephemeral arts