Faculty Profile


Name : Suryanandini  Narain
Designation : Assistant Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : School of Arts & Aesthetics
Room No : 008, SAA-I
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Residence :
Email : suryanandini@jnu.ac.in   suryanandini@mail.jnu.ac.in
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in


Ph.D. in Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, 2014

M. Sc. in Visual Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK, 2007

M.A. in Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006

B.A. in Sociology Honours, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, 2004  

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Visual Culture Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Photography and Indian Popular Culture  


Assistant Professor at SAA, JNU since January, 2016

Guest Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, 2014

Coordinator for Outreach Programme at the Marg Foundation, Mumbai, 2013-15  

Awards & Honours

2006-7: INLAKS scholarship to study M Sc the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK

2008: Ford Foundation senior fellowship as researcher for Centre for Indian Visual Culture (CIViC) New Delhi

2008-10: Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICSSR) fellowship to pursue PhD research at Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSSC), Calcutta

2009: Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) with Junior and Senior Research Fellowships 

International Collaboration/Consultancy

2005-6: Researcher for project on ‘Museology and the Colony: the case of India’ with University of California, Los Angeles and School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

2010: Consultant to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India to formulate Guidelines for the Reformation of Indian Museums  

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

1. Film Review of Family Album (2011, dir. Nishtha Jain) titled ‘Telling Her Story: Filming Women in Photographs’ for the peer reviewed online journal Trans Asia Photography, Spring 2012, titled Women’s Camera Work: Asia

2. ‘Photographing the Feminine’: a study of women as subjects of photography in Indian history since late 19th century’: published in Framing Women: Gender in the Colonial Archive ed. Niharika Dinkar; Marg Publications (Vol. 62 No. 4, 2011)

3. ‘Women in the Studios of Bombay’: catalogue accompanying exhibition The Artful Pose by the Alkazi Foundation at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2010

4. 'The Marigold Trail: a Review of Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss’: published in peer review journal - Visual Anthropology Review Vol. 25.1; 2009  

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

Essay in No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia; eds. Saloni Mathur and Kavita Singh; Routledge: 2015  

Patents (if any)