Tuesday, 24 May 2016

95th SAALG conference at SOAS, 30 June 2016



I do hope you will be able to join the SAALG community at our next summer conference in London on Thursday 30 June.  Please note it is on a Thursday this year rather than the normal Friday. 

We are delighted to be at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) to celebrate their centennial with a programme in honour of Sir Edward Denison Ross, Orientalist, linguist and their first Director from 1916 to 1937.

Please circulate details of the conference among South Asianists but note that there will only be 38 places, so it is advisable to book early!    For the full programme of speakers and how to book,  please read on.  I look forward to seeing you there.


SOUTH ASIA ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY GROUP
95th CONFERENCE
Thursday, 30 JUNE 2016
School of Oriental and African Studies, Philips (main) building, 1st floor, Room 116
10 Thornhaugh St., Russell Sq., London WC1H 0XG

SOAS CENTENNIAL 1916-2016: IN HONOUR OF SIR E. DENISON ROSS

1030-1100                   Arrival, networking and coffee

1100-1110                   SAALG chair’s welcome

1115-1150                   Christine van Ruymbeke, University of Cambridge
Sir William Jones and the Anvar‐e Sohayli: Containing a fortuitous but nevertheless essential note on the Orient Pearls.

1200-1235                   Ursula Sims-Williams, The British Library
Everlasting Flame’ at SOAS and in New Delhi: an exhibition case study

1250-1400                   Lunch and networking

1400-1430                   Tour of Brunei Gallery’s Treasures of SOAS permanent exhibits

1440-1515                   Nilanjan Sarkar, The London School of Economics and Pol. Science
                                    Ordering the Archive: Examining a ‘fatwa’ from medieval India

1525-1600                   Saqib Baburi, The British Library
Histories of Shāh Jahān: Reconstructing the Corpus of Royal Manuscripts

1610-1620                   Coffee

1625-1700                   SAALG business meeting

Note: The venue accommodates only 38 seated individuals. Standing room capacity is not permitted in consonance with School-wide policies on health and safety. Your forbearance is sought. Bookings in advance are possible. Kindly e-mail both SOAS staff members to reserve your place, as it would be appreciated for organizing catering and conference packages (£30 to be paid on the day of the conference to the SAALG treasurer; claimants will subsequently receive electronic receipts for reimbursement from their institutions).

e-mail:            bw3@soas.ac.uk (Burzine Waghmar) and
                        fq@soas.ac.uk (Farzana Whitfield)


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

@SouthAsia71: Widening Access to Archives on Twitter

In the first of three posts over the course of two months, I will introduce my Twitter account @SouthAsia71 as a new and unique means of widening access to archives.

Over the course of my doctoral studies, I found that I had collected a vast amount of archival data that I was desperate to share. Having taken over 100,000 photographs of documents from archives in the UK and the US, I took to Twitter in an attempt to have them reach a wider audience. In 2015, @SouthAsia71, with the use of the archival pictures and other resources, tweeted Bangladesh's road to independence as if it were happening on that day, in real time. Since January, I've continued to tweet about the events of 1971, now concentrating on creating narrative arcs and providing analysis for the account's followers. I've also worked to ensure that content is free from copyright restrictions and is fully referenced.


Since its launch in December 2014, the account has gained almost 2,500 followers at an average growth rate of around 150-200 followers per month. In December 2015, during the 14 days of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, the account received over 1,600 retweets and 1,000 likes, and in just 4 days this March, the account accrued over 800 retweets and 400 likes. Via retweets, material often reaches more than 5,000 Twitter users and has reached as many as 13,000. Engagement rates (which include retweets, likes, follows, link clicks etc) for @SouthAsia71's tweets rarely dip below 3%, often reach 10% and can be as high as 20%; This is in comparison with an average engagement rate of 0.5% for all Twitter users. Through tweeting the documents themselves alongside infographics produced with information from primary material, @SouthAsia71 is engaging thousands of people with archival sources.



@SouthAsia71 has the potential to showcase any archive that has material relating to Bangladesh's independence. With an audience engaged online with the history of South Asia the account certainly has scope to expand beyond the study of 1971. In the coming weeks, I will be incorporating information from the oral histories project at Cambridge University's Centre for South Asian Studies into the Twitter feed. As well as producing tweets from the data, I will also use Storify to both provide a repository for the data I use and to provide an editorial narrative (I've produced an example of a Storify story here).

I have written a long-form article about the project for E:International Relations (available here). My next post will look at the process involved in producing engaging tweets and discuss the results of my usage of the material at Cambridge.



Saturday, 7 May 2016

Glimpses of early Siam and Burma [Thailand and Myanmar]


Thibaw, the last King of Burma (1878-85), and his wife Supyalat, c 1878-80, RCS Y3029D_1
Thibaw, the last King of Burma (1878-85), and his wife Supyalat, RCS Y3029D_1

Dr John Cardwell, Archivist of the Royal Commonwealth Society collections in Cambridge University Library, writes:

The Royal Commonwealth Society Library has just created an electronic catalogue for one of its largest and most significant manuscript collections: the papers of the diplomat, colonial administrator and orientalist Henry Burney (1792-1845). Burney was born in Calcutta, the son of a Senior Master of the Calcutta Military School for Orphans. His grandfather was the musicologist Dr Charles Burney and his aunt the novelist Frances Burney. Burney was commissioned into the East India Company’s army in 1808, but transferred to its political service when appointed Military Secretary to the Governor of Penang in 1818. From 1825 he served as Political Agent to the states adjacent to Penang and led several political missions. From the beginning of his career, Burney had displayed a gift for oriental languages, soon mastering Hindustani, and during this time he acquired Siamese and Malay. Burney’s grasp of local politics and languages led to his appointment as Envoy to the Court of Siam, and he travelled to Bangkok in September 1825. By June 1826 he had successfully negotiated a treaty with the King.

Territory to west of Thanlawatee Myeet, 1830s [Mae Nam Khong River], RCMS 65_9_9_3
Territory to west of Thanlawatee Myeet, 1830s [Mae Nam Khong River], RCMS 65_9_9_3


In 1827 Burney was posted to the new British province of Tenasserim, which had been acquired during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), serving as Deputy Commissioner of Tavoy. Burney immediately began learning Burmese. In 1829, he acted decisively to suppress a rebellion. His diplomatic experience and linguistic skill were further recognised in 1829 with the appointment as the Indian government’s representative to the Burmese Court. Burney arrived at the capital of Ava on 24 April 1830, establishing the first British Residency. Burney’s study of Burmese (with the aid of a tutor) had advanced so rapidly that by April 1832 he was able to communicate directly with the Burmese ministers in their own language. He enjoyed initial success, resolving the problem of banditry on the Arakan and Tenasserim frontiers and a territorial dispute on the Manipur border. He also persuaded the Burmese government to pay the final instalment of the indemnity owed as part of the war’s settlement.

King Bagyidaw appreciated Burney’s efforts to foster good relations, honouring him with a Burmese title inscribed on gold leaf, Mahaz-eyayazanawrahta, accompanied with a badge of office, a nine-stranded salwe. Burney’s position, however, was undermined in 1837 when Bagyidaw was deposed by the Prince of Tharrawaddy, who later became King, and he found it difficult to work with the new regime. Burney was recalled on 8 March 1838 and went on furlough to England. In 1842, he returned to active service with the EIC army, but died at sea in 1845 while travelling to England on medical leave.

The collection preserves important records of Burney’s diplomatic missions: his instructions, travel, correspondence, journals and reports, which include rare insight into the Siamese and Burmese Courts. It also contains examples of traditional texts, such as Siamese kradat phlao and Burmese black parabaiks and palm leaf manuscripts. Burney shared the family’s intellectual curiosity and literary flair, and was fascinated by Siamese and Burmese culture. He researched the two countries’ climate, geography, languages, history, philosophy, religion, astronomy, mathematics and astrology, and collected important translations from original sources. Burney presented papers to learned bodies such as the Royal Asiatic Society and published in the ‘Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal’, the ‘Asiatic Journal’ and the ‘Journal of the Statistical Society.’ During the early 1840s, Burney received permission from the EIC to publish the journal of his mission to Siam and it is possible that he also contemplated writing a pioneering English language history of Burma. With the resumption of his military career, ill health and an early death at the age of 53, however, these plans never came to fruition. The RCS is also fortunate to possess a number of early photograph collections relating to Burma dating from the 1870s (RCS Y3029A-F), which complement the Burney archive.

To view the Janus catalogue of the Henry Burney Collection, RCMS 65, please follow this link:

https://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0115%2FRCMS%2065

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

PhD placement with the India Office Private Papers at the British Library

The British Library is providing placement opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop and apply transferable research skills outside the university sector. The placements support the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia. The India Office Records section has proposed a placement which would enable a PhD student to be involved in a project to put the detailed catalogues of the India Office Private Papers (Mss Eur) foundation collections online.

The India Office Private Papers tell the story of trade with the east, politics, the development of empire and the road to Indian independence. They record the history of Britain as trade and empire permeated our society and the movement of people connected different worlds. They encompass a very broad sweep of subjects, and record many people whose lives were touched by the activities of the East India Company and the India Office.

The India Office Private Papers foundation collections have detailed printed lists but only summary information is available in the Library’s online catalogue, so the riches of these archival collections remain hidden.

Mahadaji Sindhia entertaining a British naval officer and military officer, c.1820
Add.Or.1  (Courtesy of the British Library Board)

These foundation collections include papers of key figures in the East India Company, India Office and Government of India such as Robert Orme (1728-1801) historiographer to the East India Company, and Colin Mackenzie (c1753-1821) Surveyor-General of Madras, then Surveyor-General of India. The foundation collections have particular strengths:

  • Orme collection: war, politics and government in South Asia
  • Mackenzie collections: discovery of South Asian history, geography, culture and antiquities
  • Kaye and Johnston collections: exceptional variety of subjects contained within smaller collections including papers of William Roxburgh, Francis Buchanan-Hamilton and Thomas Stamford Raffles.

Further details about this opportunity to be involved in making these remarkable archival collections more accessible are on the British Library’s website. The application deadline is 4pm on Friday 19 February.

From the Mackenzie Collection of watercolours, 1819, WD1068 (Courtesy of the British Library Board)

Please note that the placement is to work on the India Office Records and Private Papers archival catalogues, not the visual material shown in the images in this blog article.










Saturday, 16 January 2016

‘Visual Rhetoric and Modern South Asian history’ course, University of Cambridge, Lent Term 2016.

Please find below the schedule for the ‘Visual Rhetoric and Modern South Asian history’ course (Lent Term 2016).  This course offers practical and theoretical approaches to old and new media literacies required when exploring the visual dimension of modern South Asian history.

21 Jan.: Colonial South Asia: cultural conflicts and racial hierarchies
28 Jan.: Visual anthropological perspectives on South Asian society 
1 Feb.: Gendered politics in the visual representation of South Asia
11 Feb.: The Indian National Movement
18 Feb.: Partition: politics, memory and experience 
25 Feb.: After Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
3 March: Sri Lanka’s visual identity: from Ceylon tea to Tamil Tigers
10 March:  Contemporary South Asian visual constructions of Self & Nation

Location & Time: S2 Seminar Room, 4:00-5:00pm, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
(S3 seminar room for lecture on 1st February).

This course is part of ‘Visual language & South Asian history’ programme convened by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (Clare Hall). For further information see http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/58184
All are welcomed. 


Friday, 4 December 2015

SAALG winter conference: British Library, 22 January 2016 - do come!

BL Qatar Project
We are pleased to announce the next SAALG conference, which will take place at the British Library on Friday 22nd January 2016. The theme of the conference is metadata, and we have invited curators from a range of institutions to tell us how, through metadata, they have made their collections accessible. Kolkata cemetery records, Arabic manuscripts, and colonial films all feature in the day. There will also be an introduction to the British Library’s Qatar project and a tour of the digitisation studios. See programme below.

SOUTH ASIA ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY GROUP
93rd CONFERENCE

To be held at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB on Friday 22nd January 2016 in the Conference Centre (Eliot Room)

A map is available online at http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/quickinfo/loc/stp/


PROGRAMME

Arrival and coffee: 10.30 – 11.00

11.00 – 11.10
Introduction and welcome

11.10 – 11.50
Clare Sorensen, Historic Environment Scotland, 'Scotland in India, India in Scotland : an unexpected archive’

11.50 – 12.30
Yasmin Faghihi, Cambridge University Library, ‘FIHRIST: metadata, collaboration and sustainability’

12.30 – 1.50
Lunch (provided) and networking

1.50 – 2.30
Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge, ‘Old media and new digital literacy: the Colonial Film Database’

2.30 – 3.30
Introduction to the Qatar Project at the British Library and tour of Qatar digitisation studio

3.30 – 4.00   
Tea

4.00 – 4.30
Business meeting

Conference ends

The fee for the day is £20.00, which includes lunch and refreshments. To make your booking, please email Antonia Moon at the British Library by Friday 8th January.

If you have to cancel your place after Friday 8th January 2016, you may be asked to pay an administrative charge.

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Hazara in Quetta

Photographs by Asef Ali Mohammad
Curated by Shirley Read

2 November – 13 December 2015

OPEN EVENING
Monday 2 November 6.00 - 8.00pm

FILM SHOWING
Sunday 6 December 2.00 - 5.00pm
Asef Ali Mohammad’s documentary film ‘Besieged in Quetta, Pakistan’

This exhibition looks at the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan where some 500,000 Hazara have settled over the last century. As a religiously Shia and ethnically Turku-Mongol minority the Hazara face discrimination and over 1,700 people have been killed and more than 3,000 injured to date. Asef Ali Mohammad, a British based Hazara currently completing his photography MA at Middlesex University, has documented this – his own - community in its strength and vulnerability.
Asef Ali Mohammad was born in Afghanistan, grew up in Quetta - where members of his family live - and has lived in Britain since 2001. He won the Sony World Photography Student Focus Award in 2012; has been published in The Guardian, Newsweek and Foto8 as well as on the BBC and shown his work at Impressions Gallery in Bradford and Somerset House in London.

He will talk about his work during an opening event on
Monday 2 November 6.00 - 8.00pm
and will show his documentary film ‘Besieged in Quetta, Pakistan’ on Sunday 6 December 2.00 - 5.00pm.

Both events will take place in Lab 2 at Idea Store Canary Wharf.
Idea Store Canary Wharf, Churchill Place, E14 5RB

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm;Fri 9am- 6pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 12-6pm

Tube: Canary Wharf DLR: Canary Wharf & Heron Quays.
Buses: D3,D7,D8 & 277
Note: Churchill Place is south of Cabot Square. To find the Idea Store head for Jamie’s Italian, the Idea Store is on the dockside immediately below the restaurant.

Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell

History, memoir and adventure
Mon 26 Oct 2015, 18:45 - 20:15 at the British Library

Jenny Balfour Paul talks about her highly acclaimed new book Deeper than Indigo: tracing Thomas Machell forgotten explorer, based on Thomas Machell’s journals which she discovered at the British Library.  Hailed by AN Wilson as 'One of the most remarkable books I have ever read', it describes Jenny's own incredible travels through the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific while following Machell’s extraordinary life and adventures. They include his eye-witness accounts of the First Opium War, travels up the Indus River, a voyage to the remote Islands of the Marquesas - where he had an affair with a cannibal princess - work on indigo and coffee plantations in India, travelling with Muslim merchants by Arabian dhows from Kolkata to Suez, and life during the Indian Rebellion.



Full details available on the British Library's website.

Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB


Full Price: £8.00
Senior 60+: £6.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Under 18: £5.00
Friend of the BL: £5.00

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Visiting Research Fellowships at John Rylands Research Institute

The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to announce its latest call for Visiting Research Fellowships.

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities and is highly respected across the globe as a centre of innovative research. The Library’s Special Collections are breath-taking in their breadth and depth. They cover more than 50 languages, span five millennia, and are written on virtually every medium ever employed from clay tablets to digital, papyrus to pixels. Contained within the collections are some of the most significant printed books and manuscripts ever produced alongside archive collections and visual resources documenting a wealth of cultural, literary, historical and religious traditions from around the world.

 The John Rylands Research Institute is a unique partnership led by the Faculty of Humanities (HUM) and the University of Manchester Library (UML). Humanities scholars, scientists, curators, conservators and digital imaging specialists are brought together to uncover, explore, unravel and reveal hidden ideas and knowledge contained within the Library’s world-leading Special Collections. The Institute welcomes applications for these Fellowships.

The closing date is Friday 27 November 2015 and further details of how to apply, including application form can be found at http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/opportunities/visiting-research-fellowships/


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Voices of India: the First World War

SAALG blog readers may be interested to know that the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove will be holding a conference on 21 November, 10.15am-7.45pm

Voices of India
The First World War

For the past 100 years, the story of India’s role in the First World War has been largely forgotten, both within India and by the rest of the world. The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove is bringing to life the diverse voices and experiences of individuals from India who were affected by the conflict in this major one-day conference. Discover the personal thoughts expressed by soldiers in letters home from the Brighton military hospitals, listen to the astonishing sound recordings of soldiers in German prisoner of war camps and find out about extraordinary individuals such as Sophia Duleep Singh, Maharajah’s daughter, suffragette and nurse. This international conference seeks to consider how Indian soldiers and their families have been represented in memory, literature, media and official record; and how they can or should be remembered and viewed a century on.

Anyone interested in India's role in the First World War can find articles about this in the British Library's Untold Lives blog:

Letters from Indian soldiers
The Indian sepoy in the trenches



English and Indian soldiers of the Signal Troop of the Lucknow Cavalry Brigade relaxing in a farmyard at Brigade Headquarters, 28 July 1915, Photo 24/(158)  (Courtesy of the British Library Board)















Sunday, 11 October 2015

The annual seminar series ‘Visual Constructions of South Asia’, launched in 2014 at the University of Cambridge and hosted by the Centre of South Asian Studies, continues in Michaelmas Term 2015 with talks by Anshul Avijit, Xavier Guégan and Abhimanyu Pandey.  
The series is part of the ‘Visual Language and South Asian History Program’ convened by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (Clare Hall College) and aims to introduce Cambridge under-/postgraduate students, academic staff, researchers at different career stages and visiting scholars to the ways in which visual research methods allow for new perspectives on South Asian history and culture. 
Seminars take place fortnightly on alternate Thursdays, 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m, in S2 seminar room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge (unless otherwise stated).  Please see below the program for Michaelmas Term 2015 and poster:
15 October:  ‘Savages’ in Sketchbooks: Tribal Portraits of Colonial India (Anshul Avijit)
29 October: The Imperial Aesthetic: Photography, Samuel Bourne and the Indian Peoples in the post-Mutiny era (Xavier Guégan)
12 November (at 3p.m.!): In the shadow of Mt Kailash: The politics of visual constructions in a trans-boundary cultural landscapes (Abhimanyu Pandey). 
For further information about the seminar series please see http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/56318
All welcome.





Friday, 9 October 2015

"It's an archival problem": Simon Schaffer in conversation with Sujit Sivasundaram



Do read in full this fascinating conversation about the history of science at http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/a-world-of-science - the University of Cambridge Research Bulletin. I have pasted some highlights below.

One conundrum the researchers debated was how global narratives of science could have been missed by scholars for so long. It largely stems from the use of source materials says Schaffer: “It’s an archival problem: as far as the production and preservation of sources is concerned, those connected with Europe far outweigh those from other parts of the world.”

“If we are to de-centre from Europe, we need to use radically new kinds of sources – monuments, sailing charts, courtly narratives, and so on,” explains Sivasundaram. He gives an example of Sri Lankan palm-leaf manuscripts: “The Mahavamsa
is a Buddhist chronicle of the history of Sri Lanka spanning 25 centuries. Among the deeds of the last kings of Kandy, I noticed seemingly inconsequential references to temple gardens. This led me back to the colonial archive documenting the creation of a botanic garden in 1821, and I realised that the British had ‘recycled’ a Kandyan tradition of gardening, by building their colonial garden on the site of a temple garden.”

Moreover, says Sivasundaram, the mechanisms of knowledge assimilation are often overlooked. Europeans often accumulated knowledge in India by engaging with pandits, or learned men. “The Europeans did not have a monopoly over the combination of science and empire – the pioneering work of Chris Bayly shows how they fought to take over information networks and scientific patronage systems that were already in place. For Europeans to practice astronomy in India, for instance, it meant translating Sanskrit texts and engaging with pandits.”

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Call for papers for 2016 conference on South Asian manuscripts

CALL FOR PAPERS

New approaches to manuscript variations in South Asia


A panel at the European Conference on South Asian Studies, Warsaw, Poland, 27-30 July 2016

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 November 2015

Convenors: Neeraja Poddar (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and Arthur Dudney (University of Cambridge)

The papers in this panel will explore the themes of copying, repetition and reproduction in the context of early-modern South Asian manuscripts in order to understand how such books were valued, used and disseminated. We hope to include manuscripts in both pothi and codex format—with and without illustrations—ranging from literature and religious treatises to dictionaries and indexes. Common to them is the fact that multiple versions and editions of each were made through copying by hand. The result of such non-mechanical reproduction is that copies might not be "perfect" with variations introduced by artists and scribes, either deliberately or inadvertently. The purpose of this panel is to explore the significance of such variations. Rather than thinking of them as merely discrepancies or mistakes, we regard them as junctures where the authors' or artists' engagement with contemporary sectarian concerns, literary trends, artistic strategies and popular culture may be manifest.

Papers might compare different editions or versions in order to investigate issues such as: What is the core of a text? Which viewpoint is preferred at a particular historical moment? How are narratives transformed as they are copied? What is the impact of scribal error when such an error becomes sanctified by usage? We invite proposals from scholars who work in a variety of disciplines including Art History, Literature, and Religious Studies, especially welcoming proposals that draw upon methodologies from Digital Humanities.

To submit a proposal, go to http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easas/ecsas2016/cfp.shtml. Our panel is number P33. Please contact either of the convenors at the links above if you have any questions. Please note that in order to attend the conference you have to be a paid up member of the European Association for South Asian Studies (you can join here: http://www.easas.eu/Becomeamember). 

--
Arthur Dudney / University of Cambridge
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2015-18)
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Phone (UK): +44 (0) 7508832935
Voicemail (US): +1 831 320 0935

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with the National Museum and Archaeological Survey of India will be presenting the exhibition "Imaging the Isle Across: Vintage Photography from Ceylon" (see poster attached).  The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday, 26 September 2015 at 5pm at the National Museum Auditorium. The exhibition is a partner event of the Delhi Photo Festival, 2015.

The Exhibition: The history of photography in South Asia is a story of itinerant practitioners, seeking to expand the eye of the lens by exposure to the farthest corners of the world. Though Ceylon came under British rule only in 1815, it followed the maritime expansion of the Portuguese, the Dutch, Danes and the French – the first of which identified it in their sea-charts as Zeilon, from which the modern name Ceylon was derived and maintained till 1972.  Featuring vintage photographs drawn primarily from the Alkazi Collection of Photography, this exhibition takes its viewers through a mapping of sites as well as visual tropes and themes emerging from early photography via diverse mediums of production such as albums, illustrated books and postcards. These traces remain foundational in generating a imagistic canon that etched the life of a swiftly transforming country, as did the coming of a modern, pictorial language instituted by Lionel Wendt, the art photographer and patron. 

We are extendedly grateful to the contributions and support of the University of Cambridge, Centre of South Asian Studies; the India-Sri Lanka Foundation, Ismeth Raheem, Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Dominic Sansoni and Anoli Perera.

Sincerely, 
Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Sanskrit Librarian, University of Oxford: closing date: 18 Sept 2015

Applications are invited for a one-year fixed-term Sanskrit post at the Bodleian Library in Oxford - the
John Clay Sanskrit Librarian (Job Ref: 119208) 

Full details are available online at:  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALY534/john-clay-sanskrit-librarian/

Please note the closing date is this week, 18th September 2015.

Posted on behalf of Dr Gillian Evison and
Emma Mathieson
Modern South Asian Studies Librarian
Bodleian Libraries
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG
Tel: (01865) 277206