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No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia

Saloni Mathur (Editor) Kavita Singh (Editor)

This volume brings together a range of essays that offer a new perspective on the dynamic history of the museum as a cultural institution in South Asia. It traces the museum from its origin as a tool of colonialism and adoption as a vehicle of sovereignty in the nationalist period, till its role in the present, as it reflects the fissured identities of the post-colonial period.

This work will prove indispensable to scholars, researchers as well as professionals in museums and museum studies and allied areas of public culture, art and art history, sociology, social anthropology, and modern South Asia.

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About the authors

Saloni Mathur

Saloni Mathur is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. she is the author of India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (2007) and editor of the Migrant's Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora (2011). Art was awarded a creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for 2014.

Kavita Singh

Kavita Singh is Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has published widely on the history and politics of the museum in India, and is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the victoria and Albert Museum, the Asia Society, Clark Art Institute and the Max Planck Institute.

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Title No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.06.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Routledge India
Language: English
isbn 9781138796010
length v+269p., Illustrations; 25cm.