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Author: Santhi Kavuri-Bauer

Santhi Kavuri-Bauer is an Associate Professor in the Art Department of San Francisco State University. She received her PhD in Art from University of California, Los Angeles. Her scholarly research focuses on the preservation and representation of South Asian architectural monuments, and the implications of these activities on the construction of social identities, national memory, and political protest. More broadly, her research focuses on issues of artistic agency, the intersection of modernist aesthetics in the colonial and postcolonial world, and the visual culture of contemporary Asia. Her experience in research, teaching, and museum work strengthens my commitment to innovative instruction and scholarly investigation in the fields of South Asian visual culture, colonial and postcolonial cultural theory, Contemporary Asian Art, Asian American Art, and Islamic art and architecture. Her current research deals with the modern spatial history of Mughal monuments. She argues that these Mughal sites, built between the 16th and 17th centuries, have repeatedly been produced as social spaces in which Indian nationhood was enacted, or its very possibility contested at different junctures in modern Indian history. The Mughal monument provides a unique case study of built environments as social spaces impacting the construction and contestation of modern Indian national identity. Moreover, her examination argues for a more critical and interdisciplinary approach to the study of India’s architectural monuments as local, national, and global spaces of social ordering and identity formation. Her book Monumental Matters: The Power, Subjectivity, and Space of India's Mughal Architecture appeared in 2011 with Duke University Press.

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Islamic Architecture

Islamic architecture is in part comprised of those buildings and built environments intended for use in Islamic worship, commemoration, and instruction. Among the architecture of this group are mosques, madrasas or schools, mausoleums,…

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