Meet the Team
Awet is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, UoE. He is currently doing research on African migrations to the Gulf (Arabian/Persian) through Archaeological ceramics in Bahrain in the period between the 8th-16th c. AD. Awet has an MSc in Archaeological Materials Science (with speciality on Archaeology and Environment) from La Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, and a BA degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Eritrea. His research interest also includes archaeology of the Horn of Africa (Early – Mid Islamic Period).
Awet Teklehimanot Araya
GIAS was initiated, organised, and executed by Hannah Parsons-Morgan and Awet Teklehimanot Araya. The success of the conference is, however, through the support and collaboration of colleagues, friends, and supervisors.
Hannah is an Al-Qasimi doctoral researcher at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University of Exeter and is a member of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology. Her doctoral research focuses on the consumption of Chinese ceramics in East Africa in the premodern and early colonial period. More generally she is interested in their trade and use throughout the Indian Ocean region, particularly in Muslim and indigenous contexts during the mediaeval and premodern period. She received an MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU), University of East Anglia, and a BA in History of Art/Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Vito is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. In 2015, he completed a two-year master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Siena, Italy, with a dissertation on Italian foreign policy in the Mediterranean by analysing archival historical sources. Vito Morisco obtained his bachelor's degree in Intercultural Communication and Mediation at the University of Bari, Italy, in 2013 and worked as an intern at the immigration office of the Italian Ministry of the Interior.
Dr Nicholas Tait
Dr Tait has recently completed his PhD at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter and is part of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology. His research focused on the chronology and development of local ceramics from the Islamic trade centre of Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia (7th – 15th century). He has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow and MA in Archaeology at the University of Manchester. His research interests more generally include the development and function of local ceramics in the western edge of the Indian Ocean trade network during the Medieval Islamic period, particularly within the Horn of Africa.