Other links:

Other links:

Sraman Mukherjee

Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, Ashoka University

Ph.D. University of Calcutta

Sraman Mukherjee, PhD (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and University of Calcutta,2010) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Ashoka University (Sonepat, India). Trained as a historian of colonial and early postcolonial South Asia, his work explores the interface between the past and the present in the constitution of the disciplinary and institutional domains of art history, archaeology, and museums; biographies of material traces (sites, objects, and monuments); and histories of the inter-Asian circulation of objects, ideas, and people. Before joining Ashoka University, Sraman held postdoctoral research positions at the International Institute of Asian Studies (Leiden), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV, Leiden), and in the Department of Art History and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); and teaching positions in the Department of History at Presidency University (Calcutta, India) and in the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University (Rajgir, India). His published articles and book chapters have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, conference proceedings, and institutional newsletters. Sraman’s ongoing research explores the possibilities of translation in art history, mapping material reconstitutions of circulating Buddhist objects and images across South and Southeast Asia.

Edited Book
2019. Imagining Asia(s): Actors, Networks, Sites (co-edited with Andrea Acri, Murari K. Jha, and Kashshaf Ghani). Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, (ISBN 9789814818858).
Articles/ Essays in Peer Reviewed Journals
2018. “Relics in Transition: Material Mediations in Changing Worlds”, Ars Orientalis, 48:20–42
2013. “Configuring Sacred Spaces: Archaeology, Temples and Monument Making in Colonial Orissa”, South Asian Studies, Vol. 29, No.1, 15-29.
2010. “Being and Becoming Indian: The Nation in Archaeology”, South Asian Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, 219-234.
2009. “New Province Old Capital: Making Patna Pataliputra”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, 241-279
Essays/ Book Chapters in Edited Volumes and Conference Proceedings
2020 (forthcoming). “Bones on the Move: Diplomacy, Scholarship, and Ritual Lives of Traveling Buddhist Relics from British India to Siam”. (Beijing: Proceedings of the 34th World Congress of Art History, The Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art, forthcoming)
2019. “Transmissions, Translations, Reconstitutions: Revisiting Geographies of Buddha Relics in the Southern Asian Worlds”, in Andrea Acri, Sraman Mukherjee, Murari K. Jha, and Kashshaf Ghani (eds.), Imagining Asia(s): Actors, Networks, Sites (Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 215-250)
2019. “Introduction”, (co-authored with Andrea Acri, Murari K. Jha, and Kashshaf Ghani), in Andrea Acri, Sraman Mukherjee, Murari K. Jha, and Kashshaf Ghani (eds.), Imagining Asia(s): Actors, Networks, Sites (Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 1-13)
2018. “Collecting the Region: Configuring Bihar in the space of Museums”, in Anjana Sharma ed., Records, Recoveries, Remnants, and Inter-Asian Connections: Decoding Cultural Heritage, (Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 70-85)
2016. “Buddhism in Contemporary India” (co-authored with David Geary), in Michael Jerryson ed., The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism (New York: Oxford University Press, 36- 60)
2016. “Relics, Ruins, and Temple Building: Archaeological Heritage and the Construction of the Dharmarajika Vihara, Calcutta”, in Nayanjot Lahiri and Upinder Singh eds. Buddhism in Asia: Revival and Reinvention (New Delhi: ICCR, ISEAS, and Manohar, 147-190)
2016. “Recollections of the Restorer: Joseph Daviditch Melik Beglar and the Maha Bodhi Temple”, in Bijoy Kumar Choudhary ed. Bodhgaya: Impressions Within and Beyond. (Patna: Bihar Heritage Development Society, 59-74).
2015. “A Site Museum without a Site: The Bodh Gaya Archaeological Museum”, in Saloni Mathur and Kavita Singh eds. No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying (New Delhi: Routledge)
Articles in Institutional Occasional Paper Series and Newsletters
2014. “From Sites and Museums to Temples: Relics, Ruins, and New Buddhist Viharas in Colonial India”, Archive Occasional Paper Series, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, No. 5.
2013. “Between Religion and History: Afterlives of Buddhist Relics”, The Newsletter, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Special Issue, No. 66, Winter 2013, 54.
2012. “Of Methods and Aims: The Field of Archaeology in Colonial India”, The Newsletter, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, No. 61, Autumn 2012, 4 – 5.
Book Review
2017. “Review of Sudeshna Guha, Artefacts of History: Archaeology, Historiography, and Indian Pasts. (Delhi, Sage India, 2015)”, in Journal of South Asian History and Culture, 8:3, 387-389.
Study at Ashoka

Study at Ashoka