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Urmila Mohan

Urmila Mohan

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. She is currently adjunct faculty at Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. Urmila is also working on her monograph based on doctoral work in Anthropology (material and visual culture) at University College London where she is also a Research Associate. She 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

 

Publications

Rock, Cloth and Scissors: Archetypal forms by Balinese Artist Citra Sasmita

The “Temple of the Vedic Planetarium” as Mission, Monument and Memorial

Paper Offerings: Judaic Themes in the Artwork of Donna Ruff

The Religious Book as Object: An Interview with Dorina Miller Parmenter