Ranu Roychoudhuri

Ranu Roychoudhuri

Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: South Asian art and visual culture; history of photography; global modernism; contemporary art; intellectual history of art; art historiography; postcolonial studies; print history

Journal Publications

1. Ranu Roychoudhuri, "Review Article: The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India", South Asian History and Culture [2018], DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2018.1535559

2. Ranu Roychoudhuri, "South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies", Photographs of People, Monument for a City, Routledge, vol.41(3), pp.658-680 [2018], 10.1080/00856401.2018.1488514

3. Ranu Roychoudhuri, "BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies", Documentary Photography, Decolonization, and the Making of Secular Icons: Reading Sunil Janah's Photographs from the 1940s through the 1950s, Sage, vol.8, Issue no.1, pp.46-80 [2017], 10.1177/0974927617717898

Book Chapter

1. Ranu Roychoudhuri, "Photographing Jamshedpur’s Industrialscape in a Nehruvian India" , Jamshedpur: 100 Years and Counting , Tata Steel and The Marg Foundation , pp.113-123 [2020]

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Writing Histories of Pictorialism in India
Funding Agency : Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art
Principal Investigator: Ranu Roychoudhuri
Co-investigator: NA
Duration/Starting Year: 2021-03-01 to 2022-02-28
Status: Ongoing

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1 Sreelakshmi Sb Art and Art History in Kerala: Contextualising Institutional Pedagogy from 1956 to 2012 APR1
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1 Rishika Rai 2021 Hindutva Politics and the Idea of India: Visual Culture of Memes
2 Shivam Kumar 2021 Marginalized Communities and Social Media: Participation and Empowerment in the Context of Twitter and YouTube

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Awards and Achievements

Award Title : Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2020

Contribution to History of Pictorialism
Awarded By : Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art
2021-22 National
Award Title : Research Fellowship

Contribution to Theology of development communication
Awarded By : Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University
2019-20 International


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Title: Roundtable Title: Temporalities of Art Objects: Book discussion on Rebecca Brown's Displaying Time: Many Temporalities of the Festival of India (2017)

Name of Conference: Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

Association for Asian Studies, Denver, CO, USA Mar 21, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019 International
Title: Panel title: Industry, Environment, Politics: Rethinking Documentary Photography and Modernism in South Asia, 1950s—1980s

Name of Conference: Annual Conference of the College Arts Association

College Arts Association, Online Feb 10, 2021 - Feb 10, 2021 International


Title: Image Publics in Late-Colonial India

Name of Conference: ICAS 11: 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars

International Convention of Asia Scholars & Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands Jul 16, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 International


Title: Camera and Cosmopolitanism: Notes from South Asia

Name of Invited Lecture: Department of Visual Arts

Ashoka University, Sonepat, India Mar 28, 2018 - Mar 28, 2018 National
Title: “Development Communication”: Catholic Theology and Documentary Photography in Post- Emergency Calcutta

Name of Invited Lecture: Yale ISM Fellows Luncheon Series

Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT Jan 30, 2020 - Jan 30, 2020 International


Title: Roundtable Discussion on Art and Politics

Name of Symposia: Fourth Pillar: India Journalism Week

The University of Chicago Center in Delhi, New Delhi, India Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 18, 2018 International
Title: Visualizing Industrial Progress: Photographs from Post-Independence India

Name of Symposia: IIT-Guwahati Silver Jubilee National Seminar on Contemporary Debates on Science, Technology and Nationalism in India

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India Oct 31, 2018 - Nov 2, 2018 National
Title: Chitrabani's Peoples of Calcutta Project: Giving a Face to the Faceless

Name of Symposia: The City in the Archives - Part II: Lives of Labor in the City

Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, Kolkata, India Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019 National


Title: Why Digital Humanities? Vignettes of Digital Art History

Name of Workshop: Introduction to Digital Humanities, TEQUIP-III sponsored workshop

Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India May 27, 2019 - May 28, 2019 National View
Title: Framing Industrial-scape in Post-independence India

Name of Workshop: Documenting Industry: Photography, Modernity, and the Nation in India and China

Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Online Feb 19, 2021 - Feb 19, 2021 International