Job title: Lecturer, Indian and South Asian Art

Role: On Leave (2020-21)

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4126


Office address: Hunter Building, Room 61

Research outputs: Dr Yuthika Sharma on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Yuthika Sharma works on the art and intellectual history of South Asia in the early modern and colonial period. Her research looks at artistic agency and the transmission of visual knowledge in the long eighteenth century in the backdrop of shifting patterns of artistic production and cultural patronage from the courts to Company patrons, local elites and beyond. Her research has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, The Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.

Before joining HoA, Yuthika worked in the Asia Department of the British Museum (2014-15). She was also AHRC Cultural Engagement fellow in the Department of History at UCL as part of the Leverhulme Trust funded project, The East India Company at Home (2013). Most recently, she was a collaborator for the Leverhulme Trust funded British Museum-Oxford University research network project, Empires of Faith (2017).



Lectures, History of Art 1 and 2

Undergraduate Honours:

  • Poetics, Piety, Politics: Approaching Indian Painting
  • Timeless Heroines: Feminism and Sociability in South Asian Art

Postgraduate (MSc Option) Seminar:

  • Art and Cultural Exchange in Mughal India 1500-1900

Research cluster

  • Connecting Histories of Indian and Transregional Art (CHITrA) is a new research cluster on South Asian visual cultures which facilitates discussion on themes that cut across chronological and regional boundaries in the discipline, across various colleges in the University of Edinburgh.

Follow CHITrA on Twitter: @ArtsofSouthAsia

Key research cluster offerings for 2019-2021:

  1. American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA-XIX), Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Nov 6-9, 2019. Partnered with National Museums Scotland and the National Galleries Scotland. Find out more about ACSAA-Edinburgh here.
  2. CHITrA Reading Group: The reading group is made up of faculty and PGR students and meets during the semester.  


  • Associate Editor, Journal of South Asian Studies (BASAS).
  • Visiting External Examiner, History of Art and Archaeology (Undergraduate), SOAS University of London (2017-2020).
  • Chair and Convenor, ACSAA-XIX, ECA, Nov 6-9, 2019.

    Current PhD students

    • Company Drawings of Natural History: the evolution of techniques and materials
    • The Curation and Display of Mughal Miniature Paintings
    • Art Historical, Religious and Political Dimensions of Camunda’s images and Cult in Orissa, India (8th- 12th centuries)
    • A Paradoxical Condition: Mughal Aesthetics between the reigns of Akbar and Jahangir (1575-1627)

    PhD Supervision Topics

    Early modern, colonial and modern South Asia.