Biography

Dr Rycroft is Lecturer in the Arts and Cultures of Asia at the School of World Art Studies, UEA. He specialises in South Asian art and anthropological history. He took up this post in 2006, and has since co-founded the journal World Art. He works on numerous individual and collaborative research projects. Previously Dr Rycroft held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, focusing on ‘Subalternity and Visual Representation in India’ at the University of Sussex from 2003-2005. He was then also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for World Environmental History, and organized a conference there on ‘Reinterpreting Adivasi Movements in South Asia’ in March 2005. Since joining the School of World Art Studies Dr Rycroft has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship to develop an image archive covering core aspects of South Asian art. He is currently Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. He also convenes the MA programmes in Cultural Heritage and facilitates a research network on Indian anthropology. He is an editorial board member of Art History, and co-founder of the South Asian Arts Group.

Career History

  • Editorial Board member, Art History (from October 2012)
  • Founder and member, South Asian Arts Group (SAAG) (from July 2012)
  • Co-convener of Purvajo-ni Aankh (Through the Eye of the Ancestors) exhibition research project, in association with Bhasha Research and Publication Centre and Vaacha (January 2012)
  • Organiser of workshop on the ‘Future of Anthropological Archival Knowledge: an International Reassessment’ (FAAKIR), Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig (May 2011)
  • Founding co-editor, World Art, Routledge journals (2010-12)
  • Co-convener of conference panel, ‘Imperial Tensions’, Association of Art Historians conference, Glasgow University (April 2010)
  • Core participant for ‘Seeking Bridges between Anthropology and Indigenous/Native Studies’, workshop series, Oxford Brookes University (2008 to 2009)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Museums for the Marginalised’, International seminar at the Horniman Museum, London (October 2008)
  • Panel co-organiser for ‘Landscapes of Resistance’, European Association of Modern Asian Studies conference, University of Manchester (July 2008)
  • Member of Steering Committee for Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures, University of Sussex (2005-2006)
  • Research Associate of Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (2004 to 2006)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Santal Hul 150: An International Forum Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Santal Rebellion in 2005’ (2004-2005)
  • Conference organiser of ‘Reinterpreting Adivasi (Indigenous and tribal peoples) movements in South Asia’, University of Sussex (March 2005)
  • Senior Research Associate of Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex (2003-2005)
  • Exhibition Assistant for British Council and British Museum touring exhibition, ‘The Enduring Image’, on the occasion of 50th anniversary of India’s independence

Academic Background

B.A. World Art Studies; University of East Anglia 1996

DPhil History of Art; University of Sussex 2003

All Publications

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Rycroft, D. J.

(2015)

Locating Adivasi Politics: Aspects of ‘Indian’ Anthropology after Birsa Munda,

in Anglistica

19

(1)

pp. 133-146

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rycroft, D. J.

(2015)

Looking Beyond the Present: The Historical Dynamics of Adivasi (Indigenous and Tribal) Assertions in India, Part 2,

in Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies

2

(1)

pp. 1-10

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2014)

Historical Anthropology and "The Primitive": Rethinking the 1931 Census of India,

in Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China.

Primus Books

pp. 25-54

ISBN 9380607873

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2014)

Indigenous Studies and Fieldwork in India: A Dialogue,

in Fieldwork in South Asia : Memories, Moments, and Experiences.

Sage Publications

pp. 339-359

ISBN 978-81-321-1742-1

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D. J.

(2014)

Looking Beyond the Present: The Historical Dynamics of Adivasi (Indigenous and Tribal) Assertions in India ,

in Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies

1

(1)

pp. 1-17

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2014)

Reinterpreting Adivasi History: Memory of the Santal Revolution in Village Bhognadih ,

in Dissent, Disrimination and Dispossession : Tribal Movements in Contemporary India.

Manohar Publishers

pp. 51-71

ISBN 978-93-5098-043-9

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rycroft, D. (ed.)

(2013)

World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence,

Ashgate Publishing

ISBN 978-1-4094-5588-2

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2013)

Imperial tensions: a conceptual introduction,

in World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence.

Ashgate Publishing

pp. 1-28

ISBN 978-1-4094-5588-2

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2013)

Co-existence and art historical apprehensions,

in World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence.

Ashgate Publishing

pp. 231-251

ISBN 9781409455882

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2012)

Art and Swadeshi (1909-1911) Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: Considerations for Art Historical and Ethnographic Interpretation,

in Fifty Key Texts in Art History.

Routledge

pp. 63-86

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2012)

India's Adivasis (Indigenous/Tribal Peoples) and Anthropological Heritage,

in Anthropologists, Indigenous Scholars and the REsearch Endeavour: Seeking Bridges towards Mutual Respect.

Routledge

pp. 80-93

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2012)

Indian anthropology and the construction of 'tribal ethnicity' before independence,

in Nationhood and Identity Movements in Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Times.

Manohar Publishers

pp. 141-165

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2012)

Through the Eye of the Ancestors,

(Performance)

(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2012)

When Was Modernism in Indian Art (1995) Geeta Kapur: Reading Possibilities for World Art Studies,

in Fifty Key Texts in Art History.

Routledge

pp. 206-210

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rycroft, D., Dasgupta, S.

(2011)

Indigenous Pasts and the Politics of Belonging,

in The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi.

Routledge

pp. 1-13

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D., Dasgupta, S.

(2011)

The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi,

Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-60082-8

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Rycroft, D., Lau, G., Sekules, V.

(2011)

Editorial,

in World Art

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pp. 1-7

UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2011)

After Images: Visual Cultures and Subaltern Pasts,

in Visual Culture in Britain

12

(3)

pp. 367-386

Full Text UEA Repository

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Rycroft, D.

(2011)

Beyond Resistance: Idioms and Memories of Insurgency in the Adivasi Movement in Jharkhand,

in Narratives from the Margins: Aspects of Adivasi History in India.

Primus Books

pp. 257-276

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rycroft, D.

(2011)

From History to Heritage: Adivasi identity and Hul Sengel,

in Voices from the Periphery: subalternity and empowerment in India.

Routledge

pp. 48-74

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Key Research Interests

Colonialism in South Asia
De-colonisation and postcolonialism
Visual ethnography
Indigenous studies
Intangible heritage

Current Research Projects

Dr Rycroft’s current research project questions how the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples in India has been mediated by anthropologists and artists in the twentieth century. This stems from his enquiries into the anthropological and political heritage of Jharkhand state, central India. He convenes a network of museum and heritage professionals, in Europe and India, on the issues of cultural reparation and visual repatriation. Beyond this South Asia focus, he is also working on an art historical project, World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence.

http://www.faakir.de/
http://www.uea.ac.uk/art/projects/adivasi-exhibition
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415600828/
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rwor20/current
http://sifa.uea.ac.uk/news-and-events/-/asset_publisher/3zOO/content/saag-inaugural-meeting
http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409455882
http://sumitsoren1983.blogspot.in/
 

Teaching Interests

  • Art history and anthropology in South Asia
  • Desi and modern art in India
  • Indigenous arts and peoples
  • Cultural heritage, intangible heritage  

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising research students in the fields of visual anthropology, indigenous studies, cultural heritage, postcolonialism, and the arts and cultures of South Asia.

My current research students are working on Santal (Indigenous/tribal) built environments in central India; global art networks in India, Africa and Europe; and classical Indian concepts and film theory.

I am also the principal supervisor for the Sainsbury Institute for Art and The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection PhD studentship in South Asian Decorative arts.  

Guest lectures:

  • Guest speaker at workshop on ‘International and Imperial Exhibitions’, Tate Britain, London (June 2012)
  • Speaker at conference on ‘Cultures of Decolonisation’, St Mary’s University College, London (May 2012)
  • Keynote speaker, ‘Global/Local Material Cultures’, Symposium, Royal College of Art (May 2012)
  • Guest discussant and guest chair at Chotro 4, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda (January 2012)
  • Guest speaker at workshop on ‘Visual Cultures in Contemporary India’, Aarhus University, Denmark (December 2011)
  • Academic consultant and guest speaker for ‘Tradition, continuity and conflict in Jharkhand State’, seminar and exhibition (A Disappearing World), SOAS, University of London (April 2011)
  • Guest speaker at conference on ‘The Politics of Ethnicity on the Margins of the State’, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi (December 2010)
  • Guest speaker, ‘Gond Tribal Artists’ Adoption of New Media’, Adivasi Arts Trust, event at Nehru Centre, London (October 2010)
  • Guest discussant for ‘Posing Questions: Being and Image in Europe and Asia’, SOAS (March 2010)
  • Key participant for ‘De-placing Future Memory’, Beyond Text conference, University of Exeter (Sept 2009)
  • Guest chair for ‘Visual Representations’, panel at ‘Indigenous Bodies: Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming’ conference, Native Studies Research Network, UEA (July 2009)
  • Guest lecturer at ‘Circuits of the Popular’, conference organised by School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (March 2009)
  • Guest speaker at ‘The Legacy of Indian Abstraction’, seminar organised by Office of Contemporary Art, Oslo (March 2009)
  • Guest lecturer at ‘Britain and India: Intersections in Visual Culture, 1800-1900’, symposium organised by University of York (February 2009)
  • Guest lecturer at Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, for seminar on ‘New Research in the Field of Indian Art’ (November 2008)
  • Guest lecturer, panel on Community Rights, ‘Nature, Knowledge and Power’, international conference at Uppsala University (August 2008)
  • Guest lecturer, Historical Geography panel on ‘Indigenous Knowledge’, at Geography Matters, Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society (July 2008)

As joint editor of World Art (to 2012):

  • Co-convener of ‘World Art and Critical Pedagogy’ panel, Association of Social Anthropologists conference, New Delhi (April 2012)
  • Guest chair, ‘There is Here’ symposium, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (February 2012)
  • Keynote speaker, ‘World Art and the Imperial Imagination’, workshops organised by Framer-Framed for Netherlands Museumcongres, Leiden (October 2011)
  • Guest discussant, ‘Artlink Indigenous’, public event at October Gallery (London, June 2011)
  • Academic adviser for exhibition project, ‘Avi Gupta’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Summer 2011)
  • Panel convener of ‘Re-worlding: do world art and world anthropologies relate?’, Association of Art Historians Conference, University of Warwick (March-April 2011)
  • Guest discussant, ‘Art History as Global History’, University of Warwick (February 2011)

Teaching Activities

  • Introducton to Cultural Heritage (MA)
  • Exhibiting Empire (MA)
  • Indigenous arts and Indigenous Peoples: an Introduction (BA)
  • Art and Myth in India (BA)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Panel co-organiser, World Art and Critical Pedagogy, Association of Social Anthropologists Conference (April 2012)
  • Co-organiser of ‘Adivasi Archives Exhibition’, in association with Bhasha, Chotro 4, January 2012
  • Academic consultant for touring exhibition proposal, ‘John Doubleday: Unbroken Narratives’, October 2011
  • Academic adviser, Asian Studies Series, Routledge UK (September 2011)
  • Organiser of workshop on the ‘Future of Anthropological Archival Knowledge: an International Reassessment’ (FAAKIR), Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig, May 2011
  • Academic consultant for SOGIP (Scales of Governance: the United Nations, the States and Indigenous Peoples), meeting held at Indian Centre for Social Science Research, New Delhi, December 2011
  • Advisory board member and academic partner, Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Postcolonial Studies, Wiley Blackwell Publishers (2010-2012)
  • Advisory board member, ‘South Asian Arts’, an online journal (2010-11)
  • Academic consultant, ‘Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Pardhan Gonds through Digital Media’, Adivasi Arts Trust, Proposed multi-media project (2010-2011)
  • Academic partner, ‘Beyond the Canon’, Proposed research project, University of Kent (2010-2011)
  • Academic partner, ‘Egon von Eickstedt Project’, Grassi Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig (2009-2010)
  • Academic reviewer for journal, Art History (July 2010, July 2011, October 2012)
  • Academic reviewer for journal, Research Students Society, SOAS (January 2010)
  • Academic reviewer for journal, Museum Anthropology (August 2009)
  • Academic facilitator for ‘Culture and Development Forum’, organised by MA Cultural Heritage students, UEA (March 2009)
  • Academic consultant for ‘Representing Ethnicity’, proposed special volume for journal of Visual Culture in Britain (2009)
  • Core participant for ‘Building Bridges between Anthropology and Indigenous Studies’, workshop series, Oxford Brookes University (2008 to 2009)
  • Academic consultant and contributor for ‘Fifty Key Texts in Art History’, Routledge Publishers (2008)
  • Academic consultant for Routledge Publishers, series on ‘Race and Racism’ (2008)
  • Academic reviewer for Wiley Books, series on ‘Culture and Communication Studies’ (2008)
  • Consultant for ‘Time and Culture’ exhibition, British Museum, London (2008)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Museums for the Marginalised’, International seminar at the Horniman Museum, London (October 2008)
  • Panel co-organiser for ‘Landscapes of Resistance’, European Association of Modern Asian Studies conference, University of Manchester (July 2008)

Professional Activities

  • Keynote speaker, ‘World Art and the Imperial Imagination’, workshops organised by Framer-Framed for Netherlands Museumcongres, Leiden, October 2011
  • Guest discussant, ‘Artlink Indigenous’, public event at October Gallery, London, June 2011
  • Academic adviser for exhibition project, ‘Avi Gupta’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Summer 2011
  • Panel convener of ‘Re-worlding: do world art and world anthropologies relate’, Association of Art Historians Conference, March-April 2011
  • Guest discussant, ‘Art History as Global History’, University of Warwick, February 2011

Key Responsibilities

  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • Course Director, MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, and MA Cultural Heritage and International Development