23 June 2020
Congratulations to Vivek Gupta, who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In September 2020, Vivek will join the University of Cambridge as Postdoctoral Associate in Islamic Art (2020-23) based at the Centre of Islamic Studies. At Cambridge he will turn his thesis into a monograph, research Bihari Qur'an manuscripts, teach Islamic and South Asian art, and pursue outreach that addresses curatorial literacy in India.
Vivek Gupta successfully completed his PhD, Wonder Reoriented: Manuscripts and Experience in Islamicate Societies of South Asia (ca. 1450--1600), in History of Art and Archaeology, supervised by Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art, Scott Redford, and examined by Professor Francesca Orsini (SOAS) and Professor Persis Berlekamp (University of Chicago). Vivek's thesis offers the first full-length study of how the Islamicate cosmography transformed in South Asia through an analysis of roughly fifty illustrated manuscripts and extends our knowledge of illustrated manuscripts made at the Central Indian sultanate of Malwa. His studies at SOAS were funded by the Kamran Djam Award for Iranian Studies and Saraswati Dalmia Award for Indian Art (2017-2020). To find out more about Vivek's research, click here.