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Department of History
Sudeshna Guha
Associate Professor,
Department of History,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D. Archaeology, Deccan College, University of Poona, 1990
M.A. Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology, Deccan College, 1985
B.A. History (Hons.), Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi, 1983
Professional Experience
Tagore Research Scholar, National Museum, New Delhi 2015–

Senior Research Associate, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), University of Cambridge, 2010–13.

Lecturer of South Asian History (Un-established post), Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge (FAMES), 2005–9

Research Associate, MAA, University of Cambridge, 1997–2005

Curatorial Assistant: V&A (London) and MAA (Cambridge), 1994–5 and 1995–7, respt.

Commonwealth Scholarship, Post Doctoral Research, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 1990-91
Research Interests
Histories of Archaeology and Antiquarian Scholarship
The Archaeology of South Asia and Ancient India
Historiography of Pre-colonial India
Visual Histories and Material Culture
Museum Studies
Cultural Heritage and Ethics
Select Publications
A. Books:

2016 Histories of India through Objects (forthcoming; commissioned by Hachette, New Delhi)

2015 Artefacts of History: Archaeology, Historiography and Indian Pasts (Sage, New Delhi)

2010 (Ed.) The Marshall Albums: Photography and Archaeology (Alkazi Collection of Photography and Mapin, Ahmedabad.

B. Book Chapters/Special Issues of Journals, 2012–

2014 ‘Civilizational Heritage and Archaeological Practices within South Asia’, in C. Sandis (ed.) Cultural Heritage Ethics: Between Theory and Practice (Cambridge, Open Book Publishers), pp. 103–16.

2014 ‘Heritage, Archaeology and the Indus Civilization’, in D.N. Jha (ed.) The Complex Heritage of Early India: Essays in Memory of Ram Sharan Sharma, (Delhi, Manohar), pp. 37¬–70.

2013 ‘Beyond Representation: Photographs in Archaeological Knowledge, in O. M. Abadia and C. Huth (eds.) ‘Speaking Material: Sources for the History of Archaeology’ Complutum, Vol. 24 (2), 173–88.

2012 ‘Material Truths and Religious Identities: The Archaeological and Photographic Making of Banaras’, in M. Dodson (ed.) Banaras: Urban History, Architecture, Identity (London: Routledge), 42–76.

2012 ‘Visual Histories, Archaeology and Photographic Knowledge’, in R. Allana (ed.) ‘Depth of Field’, Lalit Kala Contemporary 52, 29–40.

2012 ‘Curating Data, Disseminating Knowledge: Museums in Digital Age’, in P. Nesi and R. Santucci (ed.), ECLAP: Ist International Conference on Information Technologies for Performing Arts, Media Access and Entertainment (Firenze University Press) 41–6.

C. Select Book Reviews

2007 Review of E.F. Bryant and L. Patterson (eds.), ‘The Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence And Inference In Indian History’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 17 (Part 3), 340–3.

2005 ‘The Photographic Framing of Land’, Review of Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan capital 1936–47 (exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford), in Journal of Museum Ethnography, Vol. 17, 258–60

1993 ‘Indian Archaeology: Exploring the Present’, Antiquity, Vol. 67, (No. 257), 918–21.

D. Select Articles Online and News Journals

2015, ‘Light of the Solar Race: Rajendra Chola’, The Week, 27 December

2015, Nineveh in Bombay: When the Splendours of Ancient Assyria Enraptured the City’, Scroll.in, 13 December

2007, ‘The Indus Civilization’, History Today, Vol. 57 (no. 10, October), 50–7.

2006, ‘Archaeological Photography and the Creation of Histories in Colonial India, .
National and International Recognition
Consultant, Bihar Museum, Patna

Consultant for management of photographic collections: Lilian Ream Trust (Wisbeach UK), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, U.K. Alkazi Collections (New Delhi)

Peer Reviewer: Public Archaeology, Current Anthropology, Archaeological Dialogues, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Social Archaeology, and publishers Bloomsbury (London), Routledge and Orient Blackswan (India).

Referee for ‘Awards in Lieu’ Scheme, Museums and Libraries Group, UK

Research Grants: British Academy; Smuts Memorial Grant, Crowther Beynon Fund, Evans Fellowship Committee (University of Cambridge); Nehru Trust for the Collections at V&A (London); Commonwealth Post Doctoral Fellowship; Junior Research Fellowship (UGC, India)

Gold Medal and Prizes for standing first among Social Sciences (MA) in University of Poona

Invited speaker in conferences/symposiums on Archaeology, Photography, Archives and South Asian Studies: Florence, Brussels, Freiburg, Southampton, Durham, London (Birkbeck, Courtauld, SOAS), Cambridge, IIT Powai (Mumbai), Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training (Kolkata), National Museum and JNU (New Delhi)
Executive Summary
Sudeshna Guha studied South Asian history and archaeology, and was trained in field archaeology at Deccan College (Pune). After completing her Ph.D. on State formation in the Indus Civilization, she has developed research on visual histories of archaeological practices, photographic collections and their archiving, ethnographies of field work, historiography of Ancient India and the archaeological scholarship, and heritage archaeology and ethics. Her research enquiries comprise changing understanding of evidentiary terrains, constructs of archaeological knowledge and methodologies of material culture studies.
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