Urmila Mohan is an anthropologist and curator of material culture and religion with a focus on textiles and Hinduism in India and Indonesia. She is the co-founder and editor of Jugaad (formerly the Material Religions blog) and has published articles and chapters on materiality, praxis and aesthetics in the context of religion. Urmila earned her doctorate in Anthropology (material and visual culture) at University College London where she is also a Research Associate. She is currently adjunct faculty at Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. Urmila recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in museum anthropology at Bard Graduate Center (BGC), curating an exhibit on the ceremonial uses of textiles collected by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson in 1930s Bali, Indonesia, and writing the monograph Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles (University of Chicago Press/BGC). Her research has been funded by Victoria and Albert Museum (Nehru Trust for Indian Collections), London; Asian Cultural Council, New York; Coby Foundation Ltd., New York, and Rotary International.
Research Interests: India and Indonesia; Material and Visual Culture; Religion; Praxeology; Power and Subjectivation; Museum Anthropology; Historical Anthropology