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Dr Virginie Rey



Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2016

+61 3 924 68219

Research interests

Non-Western museologies; community museums; unofficial forms of heritage; practices; diasporic heritage; Middle East and North Africa; Islamic art


The University of California, Irvine-Department of Anthropology (2018-2019)

UCLA- Department of Anthropology (2019-2020)

Samuel Jordan Center of Persian Studies, UCI (ongoing)


Australian Postgraduate Award (2010-2014)

DECRA fellowship (2023-2026)


Muslim Museums: Exhibiting Islam in Multicultural Societies

Muslim Museums examines how contemporary Muslim communities living in Western Europe, Australia and North America are using the museum as a medium to think about and curate their identity in non-Muslim-majority societies. I will do so through an ethnographic study of both already-established Muslim-led museums and forthcoming curatorial projects, in the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. This serves the project’s theoretical aim of gaining insight into the articulation of a global Islamic identity, that exists and grows outside the geographical boundaries traditionally associated with it, whilst being simultaneously informed by global forces and circumstances. 

Sarina Wakefield, Virginie Rey. Creative Processes, Patrimonial Practices: Art and Heritage in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Creative Processes, Patrimonial Practices seeks to map out, analyse and articulate the meanings of connections between art—as a medium (e.g. painting, music, literature, and dance), a form of expression and a discipline—and heritage within public and private cultural institutions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Contributors seek to examine how artists, architects, curators and digital content producers engage with various elements of aesthetic practice to produce, re-produce an challenge cultural representations and narratives. 


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From Islamic Art to Muslim Heritage: A Survey of Material and Visual Cultures in Museums of Europe and Beyond

Virginie Rey

(2022), pp. 183-196, Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe, Bristol, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Ethnographisation of Syrian Society at the Azem Palace of Damascus: From Compact Minorities to Toponimycal Identity

Virginie Rey, Stephen Pascoe

(2020), pp. 33-55, The Art of Minorities: Cultural Representations in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

book chapter

Introduction : Engaging with 'Minority' Voices: Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa

Virginie Rey

(2020), pp. 1-30, The art of minorities : cultural representation in museums of the Middle East and North Africa, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

book chapter

The Art of Minorities Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa

Virginie Rey

(2020), Edinburgh, Scotland, A7

edited book

Dinars and Dirhams Festschrift in Honor of Michael L. Bates

Touraj Daryaee, Judith Lerner, Virginie Rey, Robert Schaaf, Tabula Gratulatoria, Jere Bacharach, Jamsheed Chosky, Jennifer Dubeansky, Peter Donovan, Kiarash Gholami, David Hendin, Martin Huth, Oliver Hoover, Judith Kolbas, Roxani Margariti, Khodadad Rezakhani, Nikolaus Schindel, Warren Schultz, Stuart Sears, Alan Stahl, Joe Glynias, Razieh Taasob, Pankaj Tandon, Luke Treadwell, Peter van Alfen

(2020), Irvine, Cal., A7

edited book

Mediating museums : exhibiting material culture in Tunisia (1881-2016)

Virginie Rey

(2019), Leiden, The Netherlands, A1


Islam, Museums, and the Politics of Representation in the West

Virginie Rey

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 250-252, Material Religion, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The Radicalization of Heritage in Tunisia

Virginie Rey

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 67-84, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Le Patrimoine Vivant: ethnographic Dilemma in Independent Tunisia

Virginie Rey

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 332-349, The Journal of North African Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Traditionalizing the Modern: Tunisia's Living Museums

V Rey

(2015), pp. 115-134, Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb, North Carlton, Vic., B1

book chapter

Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb

Stephen Pascoe, Virginie Rey, Paul James

(2015), pp. 1-13, Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb, Fitzroy, Vic., B1

book chapter

The Journey of a Tunisian Ethnographic Museum from Colonial to Post-Revolutionary (1936-2015)

Virginie Rey

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-21, Anthropology of the Middle East, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Making Modernity From the Mashriq to the Maghreb

Stephen Pascoe

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A7-1

edited book

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Muslim Museums: Curating Islam in Multicultural Societies

Dr Virginie Rey, Prof Fethi Mansouri

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2024: $29,919
  • 2023: $116,123


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