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Speakers | American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium

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Qamar Adamjee, Ph.D., “Ancient Persia Meets Colonial India on a Zoroastrian Silver Bowl.” Associate Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Munazzah Akhtar, “Reconstructing Akbar’s Church at Lahore.” Ph.D. candidate of Art History and Visual Studies (Islamic Art & Architecture), University of Victoria, Canada

Frederick Asher, Ph.D., “India Abroad: Early Indian Images in Southeast Asia.” Professor of South Asian Art History, University of Minnesota

Susan Bean, Ph.D., “Hyperreal Clay Portraiture in Colonial Bengal.” Chair of the Art & Archaeology Center of the American Institute of Indian Studies, Associate of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University

Antonia Behan, “Whose Legacy? Stella Bloch’s Contribution to Collecting and Interpreting South East Asian Drama.” Ph.D. candidate, Bard Graduate Center

Rebecca M. Brown, Ph.D., “Making Copies: The Repetition and the Portrait.” Chair, Advanced Academic Program in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Also Associate Professor, History of Art; Editor-in-Chief, Art Journal

Robert L. Brown, Ph.D., “Everyone Needs a Voice.” Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Professor, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Nachiket Chanchani, Ph.D., “Modern Postural Yoga in An Expanded Field.” Assistant Professor of South Asian Art and Visual Culture, tenure track, Department of the History of Art / Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan; Consulting Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Detroit Institute for the Arts

Aditi Chandra, Ph.D., “Display-potential and Museumization at the Mughal Red Fort, Delhi.” Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies, Global Arts Studies Program, University of California, Merced

Iftikhar Dadi, Ph.D., “The Figure of the Artisan in Ananda Coomaraswamy’s Mediaeval Sinhalese Art.” Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University

Richard H. Davis, Ph.D., Chair, Religion Program, Bard College; Also Professor, Religion and Asian Studies Programs

Deepali Dewan, Ph.D., Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum

Niharika Dinkar, Ph.D., “The Phantasmagoria of Elephanta: Optical technologies and Haunted Stories.” Assistant Professor, Art History and Visual Culture, Boise State University, ID

Daniel Ehnbom, Ph.D., Associate Professor of South Asian Art, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Kaitlin Emmanuel, “Lionel Wendt: Between Empire and Nation.” Graduate student, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

Krista Gulbransen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History & Visual Culture Studies / Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Whitman College, WA

Atreyee Gupta, Ph.D., “The Anti-fascist Photomontage in Interwar India.” Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley; Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Vivek Gupta, “Strategies of Vernacular Inscription in Rajput Painting.” Assistant Curator/Fellow for Islamic and South Asian Coins, American Numismatic Society

Katherine Hacker, Ph.D., “Jaidev Baghel and Meera Mukherjee: Craft, Art and its Entanglements in Modern India.” Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of British Columbia, Canada

Adam Hardy, Ph.D., Professor of Asian Architecture and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; Also Director of Practice, Research and Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture (PRASADA), Cardiff University; President of the European Association of South Asian Art and Archaeology (EASAA)

John Stratton Hawley, Ph.D., “Seeing the Singer:  A Dispersed Set of Portraits of Surdas from Udaipur.” Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University

Mary Beth Heston, Ph.D., “A Palace on the Littoral: Mattanceri Kovilakam in Kochi: On the Threshold of a New Era.” Chair, Department of Art History, College of Charleston, SC

Sylvia Houghteling, Ph.D., “The Rootedness of Woven Air: Travels and Travails of Cotton Muslin in Mughal Bengal.” Assistant Professor of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

Susan L. Huntington, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor, Emerita, The Ohio State University

Atsushi Ikeda, “Between the Portrait and the Devotional Image: The Representation of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism.” Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Megha Chand Inglis, Ph.D., “Modernity, Texts and Temple Makers.” Postdoctoral Research Associate, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; Teaching Fellow, Undergraduate History and Theory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; Ph.D. in Architecture (2016), Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Subhashini Kaligotla, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence; Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology (2015), Columbia University

Nadhra S. N. Khan, Ph.D., “Lahore Fort’s Picture Wall: Jahangir and Shah Jahan’s Decrees Read by Lahori Eyes.” Assistant Professor, History of Art, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Tarun Khanna, Ph.D., Director of Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Dipti Khera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Sonal Khullar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of South Asian Art, School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington, Seattle; Also Adjunct Associate Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and Affiliated Faculty, South Asian Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies (UW)

Jinah Kim, Ph.D., “Treasured Stories in Color: Word and Image in Indian painting.” Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University

Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Ph.D., Professor of Non-European Art History, Emeritus, Department of Art History, University of Vienna

Anandi Silva Knuppel, “Beyond Seeing: Darśan as an Embodied Multi-Sensory Practice in Contemporary Transnational Gaudīya Vaishnavism.” Ph.D. candidate in Religion (West and South Asian Religions), Emory University

Hawon Ku, Ph.D., “World Heritage as Educational Material: Ajanta, Ellora, and the Taj Mahal in NCERT Textbooks.” Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Art History (Indian/South Asian Art), College of Humanities, Seoul National University

Aparna M. Kumar, “Unraveling a National Symbol: Partition and the Lahore Museum.” Ph.D. candidate in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Brinda Kumar, Ph.D., Assistant Curator: Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Risha Lee, Ph.D., “Amplifying the Museum.” Curator of Exhibitions, Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Janice Leoshko, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History / Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Michael Meister, Ph.D., W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; Also Curator of Indian Art, Asian section, University Museum; and Curator of the South Asia Art Archive

Libbie (Elizabeth) Mills, “Rhythm, in Verse and Architecture.” Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

Murad Khan Mumtaz, Ph.D. candidate in Art and Architectural History, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Metropolitan Museum of Art Theodore Rousseau Fellow; Co-founder, Hast-o-Neest Center for Traditional Art and Culture, Lahore, Pakistan

Deepthi Murali, “Decorative Arts as Sensorial Interlocutors in Nineteenth-Century Travancore, Kerala.” Ph.D. candidate in Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago; Founder, Postcolonial Studies Working Group, UIC Institute for the Humanities

Rachel Parikh, Ph.D., “Sketched, Pounced, Tinted, Rubbed: Drawings in the Harvard Art Museums South Asian Collection.” Calderwood Curatorial Fellow of South Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University; Catalogue Specialist, Indian and Islamic Arms and Armour, The Wallace Collection

Alka Patel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Art History School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Fatima Quraishi, “Maru-Gurjara and Beyond: The Intertwined Material Histories of Sindh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.” Ph.D. candidate in History of Art (Islamic Art & Architecture), Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Mircea Raianu, Ph.D., “Bodies and Machines: Adivasi Modernist Entanglements on India’s Industrial Frontier.” Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Ph.D. in History (2017), Harvard University

Abdul Rehman, Ph.D., “Urban Landscape of an Imperial Mughal city: The case of Lahore.” Independent Scholar; Former Professor & Chair Department of Architecture, University of Gujrat, Pakistan

Melody Rodari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; Bulletin Editor, American Council for Southern Asian Art

Malini Roy, Ph.D., “The role of portraiture at the court of Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (r.1658-1707).” Curator, Visual Arts Collections, The British Library

Marika Sardar, Ph.D., “Hayat Bakhshi Begum: The Role of a Female Patron in the Development of Golconda Architecture.” Curator for South Asia, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

Tamara I. Sears, Ph.D., “Planned Passings: Con-textualizing Cremation and Iconologies of Death.” Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Rutgers University; Secretary, ACSAA

Anna L. Seastrand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota; Former Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Harper & Schmidt Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, The University of Chicago

Deborah L. Stein, Ph.D., “The Sound of Praxis Uttered in Stone.” Independent Scholar, South Asian Art History, University of California, Berkeley Libraries; Practicing Ceramics Artist, Ruby’s Clay Studio, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Sanjukta Sunderason, Ph.D., “Re-Castings of Primitivism in Postcolonial Indian Art.” Assistant Professor, Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden Institute of Area Studies, Leiden University

Heidi Tan, “Curating the Lives of a Wish-fulfilling Buddha.” Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Founding curator, the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Akshaya Tankha, “Crafting Forms of Being and Belonging in Nagaland: Modernist Art and Indigenous Material Culture in India.” Ph.D. candidate, Department of Art, University of Toronto

Nancy Um, Ph.D., “Maritime Containers for Aromatic Gifts: The Material Conditions of Travel and Exchange in the late 17th and early 18th C Indian Ocean.” Associate Professor of Art History, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Eugene Wang, Ph.D., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Department of History of Art + Architecture, Harvard University

Laura Weinstein, Ph.D., “‘The Dance of Shiva’ at 100 Years.” Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

James L. Wescoat, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Also Co-director, Center for Advanced Urbanism; and Editorial Board, Muqarnas


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