Department of Art History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Anna Lise Seastrand’s work broadly addresses the relationships between visual, oral, and written texts in South Asian art, with particular focus on physical and notional landscapes, pilgrimage, and performance. She is also interested in histories of reception and historiography, and is working on an article that considers the history of reception of “erotic” art of early modern South India. Her book in progress, The Kinesthetic Temple, foregrounds movement as central to understanding mural painting in early modern south Indian temples, which are primarily concerned with sacred histories of temple sites. Anna earned her PhD with Distinction from Columbia University in 2013.
Anna is a co-organizer of an ongoing international collaborative project to digitize and preserve South Asian visual and audio archives that seeks to make them widely and freely available, “Sonic and Visual South Asia in Space and Time: Connecting Objects, Texts, People and Places.” She has collaborated with the Neubauer Collegium’s project, “The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting,” and co-curated an exhibition at the Regenstein Library’s gallery, “Envisioning South Asia: Text, Scholarship, Legacies.”
Anna is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and is affiliated with the Department of Art History. For 2016-17 she is serving as the Society of Fellows’ Humanities Hiring Committee Representative.