Professor Dewan is an art historian with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia. Her research, curatorial and teaching interests encompass nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual culture of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Most recently, her research focuses on aspects of the history and theory of photography in India that explore how the photographic image played a productive role in the trajectories of colonialism, nationalism, and modernity, with a view toward understanding how photography has shaped contemporary ways of viewing and being in the world. Her work has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Selected Exhibitions and Publications
Co-authored with Deborah Hutton, Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India (Ahmedabad and New Delhi: Mapin and The Alkazi Collection of Photography, 2013).
Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, June 4, 2011–June 2012.
Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs, towards a transcultural history of photography (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Press, 2012).
”The Limits of Photography: The Dayal Studio’s Coronation Album, 1903,” Photography and the Delhi Coronation Durbars, 1877-1911, ed. Julie Codell (Ahmedabad and New Delhi: Mapin and The Alkazi Collection of Photography, 2011): 142-159.
Book Review, “The Waterhouse Albums: Central Indian Provinces by John Falconer,” Trans Asia Photograph Review 2, no. 1 (Fall 2011).
Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Fim Art from the 1950s to 1980s, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, June 11-October 2, 2011.
Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Press, 2011).
Co-authored with Sophie Hackett, “Cumulative Affect: Museum Collections, Photography and Studio Portraiture,” Photography & Culture 2, no. 3 (November 2009): 337-348.
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