Vivek Gupta

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.

Online Articles

Recent Publications

  • “Contemporary Appropriations of the Illustrated Manuscript: Shahzia Sikander’s Disruption as Rapture,” in Intersections: Art and Islamic Cosmopolitanism, ed. Melia Belli Bose, 172-203, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, August 2021.
  • “Remapping the World in a Fifteenth-Century Cosmography: Genres and Networks between Deccan India and Iran,” Indo-Persian Manuscripts, ed. A.C.S. Peacock, special issue of Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, vol. 59 no. 2 (Autumn 2021): 151-168.
  • “Splendour of the City, Nagarshobha: Textile Culture of Mughal Burhanpur,” in Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture, ed. Roda Ahluwalia, 229–53, New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2020.
  • Review: The Courts of the Deccan Sultanates: Living Well in the Persian Cosmopolis by Emma Flatt, the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2021.
  • 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.

Book Review

  • Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India: Poetry and Paintings from Kishangarh by Heidi Pauwels. caa.reviews, November 29, 2017.

Entries

  • “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.