Khullar Wins Asian Studies Award for Book on Indian Art and Identity

KhullarSonal Khullar (Art History) was recently awarded the Cohn Prize for a first book in South Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies. The award recognizes her 2015 book, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press).

The prize is named for Barney Cohn, a distinguished anthropologist of India, and carries a $1,000 prize and a citation, presented at the AAS annual conference in Toronto in March 2017.

Sonal's book builds on research she developed at the Simpson Center as a Society of Scholars fellow in 2011-12 as well as through New Geographies in Feminist Art, a conference she co-organized with Sasha Welland (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) in 2012 that examined the role of women artists, feminism, and visual representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian art. 

Sonal also has a new essay in Eurasian Encounters: Museums, Missions, Modernities (Amsterdam University Press, 2017), a collection exploring intellectual and cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Sonal’s essay, “Parallel Tracks,” on feminist biography, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism, also draws from her work on New Geographies in Feminist Art.

See alos this Q-and-A with Sonal on #AsiaNow, the blog of the Assocation for Asia Studies.

Congratulations, Sonal!

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