Job title: Lecturer, Indian and South Asian Art

Role: History of Art MSc Internships

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4126


Office address: Hunter Building, Room 0.61

Contact time: Tuesday, 1.30pm - 2.30pm by appointment

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).


Undergraduate seminar

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

Postgraduate Seminar

  • Art and Cultural Exchange in Mughal India 1500-1900


  • Chair and Convenor, American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium – IX, Edinburgh College of Art, Nov 6-9, 2019. Find out more about ACSAA-Edinburgh here.
  • External Examiner, History of Art Undergraduate Programme, SOAS University of London (2018-2020).
  • Associate Editor, Journal of South Asian Studies (BASAS).

Research cluster

Connecting Histories of Indian and Transregional Art (CHITrA) is a new research cluster on South Asian visual cultures. It has been launched to create a dedicated forum for discussion and research on topics and themes that cut across chronological and regional boundaries in the discipline. The Cluster will be based in History of Art but will encompass research on the visual cultures of South Asian across various schools in the University of Edinburgh and beyond. We invite expressions of interest from doctoral students and scholars in the discipline.

The first offering of the research cluster in 2019-2020 is the Edinburgh chapter of the biennale symposium of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, which will be held in the Edinburgh College of Art from Nov 6-9, 2019. We are delighted to be partnering with the National Museums Scotland and the National Galleries Scotland for this event. 

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    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)
    • The livestock dialogue: a study of the history, development and reception of cow imagery in Indian art

    PhD Supervision Topics

    Accepting applications.

    Current supervision topics include medieval cults and sculpture, aesthetic theory and court painting, natural history painting and animal rights and art practice. Students wishing to pursue a PhD are encouraged to contact Dr Sharma directly in the first instance.