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Submitted on December 15, 2015 - 10:05am
Sonal Khullar

Art History Associate Professor Sonal Khullar has not rested on her laurels since completing her tenure and promotion process a year ago. If anything, her activities have increased. Below is a listing of some of her accomplishments in addition to her teaching.

An October 2014 review published in of a Seattle Art Museum exhibition.

A December 2014 lecture at Seattle Art Museum titled “The Mela (Fair) and the Museum: Contemporary Art and Public Culture in India.”

Collaboration with the South Asian Studies Librarian to apply for a UW Libraries Allen Opportunity Award. The $7,500 award is supporting the acquisition of library materials in support of many of the courses on South Asian art offered by the Division of Art History.

Keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Art History Association Graduate Student Symposium at University of Oregon. Her talk, on April 23, 2015, was titled “Scale Drawing: Globalization and Contemporary Art in South Asia.”

First book published in May 2015, and a previous news post listed a few of the presentations she gave about it.

A video of her speaking about Kali, a painting by Bhupen Khakhar, was published by the Museum of Modern Art in autumn 2015.

Speaker at a December 2015 conference at the Tate Modern in London titled “Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories.” Her presentation was titled “We Were Looking For Our Violins: The Bombay Painters and Poets, 1965-1975.”

One of the authors selected by UW Libraries for their May 2016 Literary Voices event.

A speaker at "The Maximum Out of the Minimum: Reconsidering Nasreen Mohamedi," which took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 3.

One of four convenors for a summer 2016 symposium titled “Showing, Telling, Seeing: Exhibiting South Asia in Britain 1900 to Now.” The symposium will be held at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London.

The day after the symposium, on July 2, she will be a speaker during a public discussion about artist Bhupen Khakhar at the Tate Modern.

Khullar is currently on sabbatical, and she is taking advantage of a 2014 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. It is allowing her to continue work on her second book, which is titled The Art of Dislocation: Conflict and Collaboration in Contemporary Art from South Asia. Khullar’s research for this project involves travel to London, Venice, Dehli, and other venues to conduct artist interviews, study in archives, and visit pertinent exhibits. A spring 2015 Research Support Grant from The Paul Mellon Centre in London is allowing her to begin research on a third book to be titled Fertile Grounds: Art, Primitivism, and Postcoloniality in Twentieth-Century India and Great Britain.

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