Art and Composite Culture in South Asian History




San Diego, CA


July 11-15, 2022


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




South Asia brings to mind conflicting images of the glamour of Bollywood and abject poverty. Yet, this vast geographic terrain has a long history of complex political cultures, multivalent religious ideals, and diverse creative expressions. From the birth of Buddhism to contemporary times, "Art and Composite Culture in South Asian History" will explore the cultural mixing, syncretism, and hybridity that shaped South Asia’s pluralistic history. Led by art historians, historians, and museum curators, this interactive program will allow participants to generate the depth and context required to teach South Asian history through its visual arts.

Project Director(s)

Emily Schell

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Ladan Akbarnia; Shane Carter; Sugata Ray; Marika Sardar; Tamara Sears; Cynthia Talbot; Audrey Truschke; Anand V. Taneja

Grantee Institution

University of San Diego

Funded through the Division of Education Programs