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Professor Christina Riggs

BA, MA, DPhil, FSA
Quondam Fellow since 2020
Chair in the History of Visual Culture, Department of History, Durham University
I am a historian of archaeology, photography, and ancient Egyptian art. I am interested in how different people, at different times, have imagined, studied, and represented the culture we know as ‘ancient Egypt’. Most recently, I have been working on the photographic archive from the 1920s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb – and the impact those photographs had both at the time and up to the present day. I am currently extending this research to other photographic archives and collections, for two reasons: first, to explore the history of colonial-era archaeology in Egypt, and second, to investigate the ways in which the dissemination of images and objects shaped ideas about ancient Egyptian art.
Professor Christina Riggs
  • Background

    • Two-Year Fellow, All Souls College (from 2018 to 2020)
    • Lecturer (2007-13), then Senior Lecturer (2013-15), then Reader (2015-18) in Art History, then Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology (2018-19), University of East Anglia
    • Visiting Fellow (2015) and Evans-Pritchard Lecturer (2012), All Souls College
    • Museum Education Development Officer, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (from 2006 to 2007)
    • Curator of Egyptology, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester (from 2004 to 2006)
    • Barns and Griffith Research Fellow, The Queen’s College, University of Oxford (from 2000 to 2003)
    • Postgraduate, University of California, Berkeley; Somerville College and The Queen’s College, University of Oxford (Exchange Scholar, Department of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 1995-6) (from 1993 to 2001)
    • Undergraduate, Brown University (from 1989 to 1993)
  • Research interests

    • History of photography
    • Historiography of ancient Egyptian art, including histories of archaeology, collecting, and museums
    • Critical and postcolonial approaches to Egyptology
    • Textiles, the body, and mummification in ancient Egypt
  • Research awards and grants

    • Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2016).
    • British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2015).
    • First runner-up, BKFS Prize in Middle Eastern Studies for Unwrapping Ancient Egypt (2015).
    • AHRC Research Fellowship (2011).