SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Atsushi Ikeda

BA MA (Kyoto), MFA (KCUA), PGDip (SOAS)
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Overview

Atsushi Ikeda
Name:
Mr Atsushi Ikeda
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Thesis title:
Portraying the Guru: Art and Identity in Sikhism
Year of Study:
4
Website:
http://researchmap.jp/vng3g9y/?lang=english
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Biography

Atsushi Ikeda is a Japanese historian of South Asian art, especially Punjab painting since the early modern period. He received his masters in Fine Arts and Area Studies respectively, and worked as a research fellow in India and Japan. He has recently been enrolled at a doctoral degree in the United Kingdom as a government-sponsored overseas student.

PhD Research

My research explores the colonial transformation of Sikh painting with a special focus on portraits of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of Sikhism.

Today, single portraits of Guru Nanak are very popular for Sikhs and are frequently hung on the walls of Sikh temples, stores, and houses. However, the Sikh doctrine has prohibited idolatry since its late fifteen century inception. Thus, the current prevalence of portraits of Guru Nanak is the cause of annoyance for Sikhs. The primary focus of this research is the late nineteenth century portrait, 'Guru Nanak Dressed in an Inscribed Robe', which appears to be a prototype of the most popular Guru Nanak print at present.

This research is based on art history’s classical methodologies, including formal analysis and iconography/iconology, referring to the contemporary sociologists` and anthropologists` theories of art. The findings of this research are rooted in information gathered during ten months of fieldwork conducted by the author in the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Pakistan, and Japan.

Publications

  • 'Profiled Figures: The Modes of Representation of Faces in South Asian Painting.' Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies. (10) 67-82. Mar 2017. Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University
  • 'New Developments of a Painting Workshop in the Hills of Northern India: The Gita Govinda Painting of 1730 (北インド丘陵地域における絵画工房の新展開―一七三〇年制作『ギータ・ゴーヴィンダ』組絵を中心に―).' Bijutsushi. (172) 208-223. Apr 2012. The Japan Art History Society
  • 'A Portrait of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism: Its Formation in the Punjab Region in the Late Nineteenth Century,' New Horizon of the Interdisciplinary Approach to Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Proceedings of the International Training Program (ITP) International Symposium, pp.79-84, December 2011

Conferences

  • 'Between the Portrait and the Devotional Image: The Representation of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism.' American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium: Symposium XVIII. Harvard University, 13 Oct 2017
  • 'Art and Society of Modern Sikhism: Continuity, Contact, and Relationship (in Japanese).' 'Thinking across Boundaries: The Fluidity of Asia, Africa and Beyond.' The 2nd Collaborative Symposium for Early Career Researchers. SOAS University of London. 18 Sep 2017
  • 'Portraying the Guru: Art and Representation of Modern Sikhism (in Japanese),' International Workshop by Young Field-based Researchers for Future Collaboration, SOAS, Unversity of London, January 2017
  • 'A Portrait of Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism: Its Formation in the Punjab Region in the Late Nineteenth Century.' New Horizon of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Asian and African Area Studies. Kyoto University. 3 Dec 2011
  • 'Portraying the Guru: Art and Representation of Modern Sikhism (in Japanese),' International Workshop by Young Field-based Researchers for Future Collaboration, SOAS, Unversity of London, January 2017

Affiliations

  • British Association of South Asian Studies
  • American Council for Southern Asian Art
  • The Japan Art History Society
  • Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

Research

  • Sikhism
  • Portraiture
  • Colonialism
  • Punjab
  • Material Religion