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Deepthi Murali (PhD, 2020) receives grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies

Indian textile depicting European conflict


Deepthi Murali (PhD, Fall 2020) has received a Digital India Learning Scholarship grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies to begin her digital art history project at Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

Visualizing the Interwoven World of Eighteenth-Century Indian Textiles will collate and analyze more than 500 images and associated metadata of South Indian textiles from publicly accessible museum collections to produce a searchable aggregated database on these textiles. The project will also publish interpretive results on patterns of use, circulation routes of textiles and merchant communities, and centers of production. Digital output will include data visualization in the form of interactive maps, visual charts, blogs, and audio recordings. This is a pilot project for a larger born-digital project on the material histories of Indian Ocean World with a focus on South Asia. Deepthi is the Principle Investigator on this project.