Vivek Gupta recently defended his PhD, Wonder Reoriented: Manuscripts and Experience in Islamicate Societies of South Asia (ca. 1450–1600) at SOAS, University of London. He is a historian of the arts of the Islamic, South Asian, and Indian Ocean worlds. At Cambridge, he will be turning his thesis into a monograph, researching Bihari Qur’an manuscripts, and pursuing outreach that addresses curatorial literacy in India.
He has contributed to a number of exhibitions and served in curatorial capacities globally. Recently, he was Assistant Curator/Fellow for Islamic and South Asian Coins (2016-2017) at the American Numismatic Society in New York.
Vivek earned a BA in Arabic and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and an MA and MPhil at Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and Comparative Literature.
- Toys and Ephemera in a fifteenth century multilingual illustrated dictionary from India, British Library, Asian and African studies blog, 2020
- Gupta, Vivek. “Interpreting the Eye (‘ain): Poetry and Painting in the Shrine of Ahmad Shāh al-Walī al-Bahmanī (r. 1422—1436).” Archives of Asian Art, 67, no. 2 (2017): 189-208.
- Gupta, Vivek. “Review of Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India: Poetry and Paintings from Kishangarh by Heidi Pauwels.” caa.reviews, November 29, 2017.
- Gupta, Vivek. 2018. “Ghulām ‘Alī “Āzād” Bilgrāmī,” and “ ‘Abd al-Qādir Badā’ūnī,” in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Arvind Sharma ed.
- Gupta, Vivek. forthcoming. “Splendour of the City: Textile Culture of Mughal Burhanpur,” in The Art and Culture of Mughal India, New Studies, Roda Ahluwalia ed.
- Gupta, Vivek. forthcoming. “Articulations of the Illustrated Manuscript: Shahzia Sikander’s Disruption as Rapture (2017),” in Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism, Melia Belli and Saleema Waraich eds.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “Interpreting the Eye (‘ain): Poetry and Painting in the Shrine of Aḥmad Shāh al-Walī al-Bahmanī (r. 1422—1436),” Archives of Asian Art 67 no. 2 (2017): 189–208.
- “Splendour of the City, Nagarshobha: Textile Culture of Mughal Burhanpur,” in The Art and Culture of Mughal India: New Studies, ed. Roda Ahluwalia, New Delhi: Niyogi Press, in proofs.
- “Appropriations of the Illustrated Manuscript: Shahzia Sikander’s Disruption as Rapture (2017),” in Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanisms, ed. Melia Belli Bose, Gainesville: U. Florida Press, in proofs.
- “The Voice of the Indian Cuckoo in Arabic: The Adaptive Capacity of Ghulām ‘Alī “Āzād” Bilgrāmī’s Poetics in the Eighteenth Century,” accepted in the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History, Spring 2021.
- “Seeing the World from the Deccan: The Biography of a Persian Cosmography (ca. 1441—1650),” article forthcoming for a special issue of Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, ed. A.C.S. Peacock, Autumn 2021.
- “How Persianate is It? A Sixteenth-Century Cosmography from India,” article forthcoming for an edited volume, Persianate Cultures of Power and the Creation of Afro-Eurasian Political Culture with the Getty Research Institute Publications, ed. Matthew P. Canepa.
- Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India: Poetry and Paintings from Kishangarh by Heidi Pauwels. caa.reviews, November 29, 2017.
- “Ghulām ‘Alī “Āzād” Bilgrāmī,” and ” ‘Abd al-Qādir Badā’ūnī” in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, eds. Arvind Sharma et al. 2018.
- “The Mouse and the Cat (Mush u Gurbih) by ‘Ubayd Zakani (1319-70)” in Masterpieces of the Jaipur City Palace Museum, eds. Giles Tillotson and Mrinalini Venkateswaran, forthcoming.