An environment of discussion and collaboration An environment of discussion and collaboration

Working integrally with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture and the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust. we have a vibrant research culture and an expansive network of research staff, doctoral fellows, research students and external partners.
With access to the Lisa Sainsbury Library in Norwich and the collection of artworks housed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the UEA campus, Art History and World Art Studies is proud to foster an environment of discussion and collaboration, across geographical areas and disciplines.
As part of the Sainsbury Institute for Arts, we bring together expansive expertise and draw on the disciplines of art history, archaeology, anthropology and museology to investigate art from across the Asian continent.
We host a number of annual conferences, symposia and events, as well as exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and other collaborating museums in the UK and abroad


Prof Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere - Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Simon Kaner  - Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Dr Akira Matsuda - Lecturer in Japanese Artistic Heritage

Dr Dan Rycroft -  Lecturer in Arts and Cultures of Asia


The Power of Dogu: Ceramic figures from ancient Japan

The Power of Dogu exhibition highlights the beauty and power of remarkable ceramic figures known as dogu, mysterious masterpieces that were produced in great numbers in prehistoric Japan.

Purvajo-ni Aankh: Through the eye of the ancestor

This exhibition, translated as ‘Through the eye of the ancestor', is an exhibition of anthropological photography pertaining to the cultural heritage of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (Adivasi) of India.
Purvajo-ni Aankh is being curated by members of the Museum of Voice and Adivasi Academy in Tejgadh, Gujarat in early January to combine with the ‘Global Languages Meet' and the Fourth Chotro conference (for dates, see dates below).
The exhibition follows on from the workshop held in Leipzig in May 2011, at the Grassi Museum fur Volkerkunde, organized by Daniel Rycroft (UEA) and Katja Mueller (Grassi Museum), on the ‘Future of Anthropological Archival Knowledge'.  The exhibition articulates how Adivasi cultural representatives negotiate the visual record of colonial and national anthropology, both in their own visual documentary projects and in their ongoing re-interpretation of histories of representation by non-Adivasi groups.  The exhibition focuses on the regions of western and central India, and includes material from the SOAS archive (Furer-Haimedorf), the Grassi Museum (Eickstedt archive) and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge (Archer and Milward archives).  The exhibition is supported by the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (Baroda, Gujarat).
Key dates:
  • 6-7-8 January 2012: The Fourth Chotro Conference on ‘Imagining the Intangible: The Languages, Literature and the Visual Arts of the Indigenous' This will take place in Baroda on the 6th and the 7th January, and at Tejgadh -- a 90 kms away-- on the 8th January.
  • 7th January 2012: The Global Languages Meet (where we expect representatives of a 1000 languages to remain present) -- this will take place in Baroda.
  • 8th January 2012: The Purvajo-ni Aankh --Through the eye of the ancestor -- photo exhibition -- this will take place at Tejgadh on the 8th January.
  • The last event, the exhibition, will move to smaller tribal villages on the 9th and the 10th January, and return to Tejgadh for a discussion on Adivasi visual archives on the 11th January.