1 Janeiro 2018
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The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) and Asia Art Archive (AAA) in India are pleased to announce the SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture – 2018. This grant, which is the first collaboration between SSAF and AAA in India, emerges from AAA’s ongoing engagement with histories of art writing, and its initiatives to map, compile, translate, and republish texts from various contexts. This grant is in line with SSAF’s commitment to work with cross-disciplinary initiatives addressing the oppressed and the marginalised, alternative and heterodox practices in the arts and in intellectual work.
The SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture aims to:
- Support research on critical histories of art writing, art-making, and visual culture in twentieth/twenty-first century India and other countries of South Asia, with a focus on their manifestations in print form such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
- Open research avenues into dalit, feminist, peasant, working-class, and other political histories, viewed as a constituent part of wider discursive fields, specific regional milieus, and the politics of image-making and circulation.
- Help develop tools and methods for critical art historical analysis of regional discourses and debates in politics and culture, preferably in (though not limited to) the regional languages.
Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that open new areas of study and frame rigorous questions of them; offer close readings of image and text; map circuits of dissemination; and suggest new connections between existing intellectual histories, social, political, and cultural movements, and the visual arts.
Grant Focus for 2018
For 2018, the focus of the SSAF–AAA Research Grant is periodicals as a site that is decisive in shaping perceptions, imaginations, and notions of what constitutes culture and the public sphere. We invite proposals that interrogate how periodicals of different kinds – journals/magazines/little magazines – contributed to, constituted, and were embedded in the cultural politics of a historical moment, and the role of visuals therein. Proposals that focus on how the visual arts – including cover art, illustrations, cartoons, centrespreads, photographs, portfolios and reproductions of artworks – were positioned in periodicals in different languages and/or different regions will be given preference. Areas of research could include:
- One or more social movements that extended to periodicals and mapping the place of visuals therein
- An interesting moment in the life of one or more periodicals, and the role of visuals therein
- The travel of ideas on arts, aesthetics, and cultural practices within periodicals, and as they occurred via translation between languages
- The intellectual contribution of one or more writers/editors/publishers who played an important role in the evolution of a periodical, and in the positioning of visual arts within it
- Debates on concepts and categories stemming from regional languages, and as reflected/carried in periodicals
- Individuals who are Indian nationals residing in India, or collectives whose members are Indian nationals residing in India.
- Individuals with relevant academic qualifications; or already engaged in research, or with access to private or public collections; or with professional experience in writing/publishing; or activists with years of engagement/experience in their chosen fields.
Deadline for Applications
1 January 2018
Duration of Grant
One year | 1 February 2018–1 February 2019
Up to INR 3,00,000
A detailed report (of not less than 7,500 words) on the research undertaken, to be submitted at the conclusion of the grant period.
Suggested appendices, in addition to the report:
- Interviews of persons relevant to the research (to be submitted in text form in English)
- Translations into English of select texts used in the research
- Bibliography of published and unpublished sources used in the research
- Timeline of the periodical/writer/subject under study
- Original, digitised, or photocopied material (published and unpublished) collected during research
A public presentation of the research, to be organised by AAA in collaboration with other institutions and organisations (venue and dates to be confirmed closer to date)
Guidelines for research proposals/topics