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23 January 2017

The Museum in South Asia - South Asia in the Museum: Dilemmas and Opportunities in the Display of the Arts of South Asia

Presented By Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society

About this event

Professor Deborah Swallow © The Courtauld Institute of Art Professor Deborah Swallow © The Courtauld Institute of Art

The visting speaker for this lecture, the first to be sponsored by Loughborough University, is Professsor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld since 2004.

Deborah took her BA (in English literature) at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge, and her PhD in Social Anthropology at Darwin College, Cambridge. She started her teaching career at Utkal University, Orissa, India in 1969 (under the auspices of Voluntary Service Overseas) and her career in curating at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

She subsequently worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she became the Keeper of the Asian Department and Director of Collections. Her experience in India fostered a deep interest in the arts, culture and religion of the Subcontinent, initially explored through the discipline of social anthropology and subsequently as a curator within the context of an art museum.

Deborah also oversaw the creation of the Nehru Gallery of Art and a series of major exhibitions on the arts of different regions and communities of the South Asian Subcontinent. She set up the Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in New Delhi, and established close working relationships both with the South Asian communities in the UK and with institutions across India.

She continues to work on issues relating to the arts, museums and cultural heritage in contemporary India.

Professor Alison Yarrington, Dean of the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough, is President of the Literary and Philosophical Society this year. The Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, Professor Robert Allison, will attend the meeting to give a vote of thanks. 

Please note
The main entrance to New Walk Museum will be closed between 3 January and 31 May for building works. Entry to the museum will be through the side door, where there is a ramp. The car park will not be available during this period except for people with disabilities by prior booking: 0116 225 4900.