Speakers and Organizers


Rebecca Brown


Teaching professor of art history and chair of museum studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
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Dilip K. Chakrabarti


Professor Emeritus of South Asian Archaeology, Cambridge University (U.K.)
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Edward S. Cooke Jr.


The Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, Yale University
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Coralynn Davis


Associate professor of women’s and gender studies and of anthropology, Bucknell University.
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Nora Fisher


Curator emerita of textiles and costumes, Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M.
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Arthur Flowers


Associate professor of English, SU
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Pika Ghosh


Associate professor of art, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Tula Goenka


Associate professor of television-radio-film and co-director of the South Asia Center, SU (organizer)
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Kajri Jain


Associate professor of Indian visual culture and contemporary art, University of Toronto in Mississiauga (Ontario)
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Rani Jha


Master painter and teacher, Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani (India)
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Frank Korom


Professor of religion and anthropology, Boston University
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Darielle Mason


The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Adjunct associate professor of the history of art, University of Pennsylvania
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Romita Ray


Associate professor of art and music histories, SU (organizer)
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David Szanton


President, The Ethnic Arts Foundation
Former executive director of international and area studies, University of California, Berkeley
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Susan Wadley


The Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies and co-director of the South Asia Center, SU (organizer)
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Peter Zirnis


Curator and photographer of Mithila art
Board member, The Ethnic Arts Foundation
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In Memoriam

"Transformations" is dedicated to the memory of H. Daniel Smith (above), retired professor of Hinduism and Asian religions at SU, who passed away on Oct. 1, 2013, at the age of 85. In addition to being a scholar, author, and filmmaker, Smith collected thousands of prints of Indian art, which he donated to the University upon his retirement. Many of these prints, depicting Hindu gods, goddesses, saints, and sacred sites, will be on display this winter in an exhibition titled  "Modern Visions, Sacred Tales: Selections from the H. Daniel Smith Poster Archive," at the SUArt Galleries.

With Thanks

The organizers convey their appreciation to the following people for their assistance:

Ann Clark, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

Nicolette A. Dobrowolski, associate librarian in the Special Collections Research Center, SU

Domenic Iacono, director of SUArt Galleries

Pratapaditya Pal, former curator of Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Art Institute of Chicago

David Prince, associate director and curator of collections, SUArt Galleries

John Thompson, professor of art, design, and transmedia, SU

Ann Grodzins Gold, the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and professor of anthropology, SU

Daniel Gold, professor of South Asian religions, Cornell University

• The late H. Daniel Smith (above), retired professor of Hinduism and Asian religions, SU



The symposium would not possible without assistance from Emera Bridger Wilson, associate director and outreach coordinator of the SU South Asia Center and a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, as well as the staff of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in SU's Maxwell School.