Art History PhD student Maggie Schuster has received the Graduate College’s Award for Graduate Research to support her fieldwork in India
Art History PhD student Maggie Schuster has received the Graduate College's Award for Graduate Research to support fieldwork this summer in Delhi, India. In preparation for her dissertation on Mughal architecture, Maggie will begin her investigation at Humayun’s Tomb. Located in the busy neighborhood of Nizamuddin Basti, this striking sixteenth-century mausoleum has alternately been attributed to Emperor Humayun’s wife, Haji Begum, or his son and more famous successor, Akbar. As the tomb recently underwent a massive restoration project, with work continuing at adjacent sites and plans for an interpretation center in development, Maggie will have the opportunity to document the site's original design and intricate stone work while also interviewing the master stone-carvers involved in the conservation work along with representatives of the Archaeological Survey of India and the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative.