Janaki Nair is Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she has taught since 2009. She was formerly Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcultta, from 2002-2009. Professor Nair has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Wuerzburg, the German Historical Institute (London), and the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (Bangalore), the Centre for the Sudy of Culture and Society (Bangalore), the National Centre for Biological Sciences (Bangalore), and the Madras Institute of Development Studies (Chennai).
Her publications include the monographs Mysore Modern: Reconceptualising the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, awarded the 2005 New India Foundation Book Prize; Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998); and Women and Law in Colonial India: A Social History (1996). She co-edited Theorising the Present: Essays For Partha Chatterjee, with Anjan Ghosh and Tapati Guha Thakurta, (2011); and A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India, with Mary John (1998).
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Tapati Guha-Thakurta is the Director and Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, where she has taught since 1989. She earned a D.Phil. in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford, and has taught at Presidency College and the University of Calcutta. Professor Guha-Thakurta has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She has been a Visiting Professor at Smith College, the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, the University of California at Berkeley, and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Professor Guha-Thakurta’s most recent book is In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata (2015). Her publications include the monographs The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c.1850-1920 (1992); Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Post-colonial India (2004), and the exhibition monographs, In her own Right; Remembering the artist Karuna Shaha (2000); Visual Worlds of Modern Bengal, (2002); The Aesthetics of the Popular Print, Birla Academy (2006), and The City in the Archive: Calcutta’s Visual Histories (2011). She co-edited (with Janaki Nair and Anjan Ghosh) Theorising the Present; Essays for Partha Chatterjee (2011); and with Partha Chatterjee and Bodhisattva Kar, New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices (2012).