Sonal’s work at the Center will focus on so-called Company Paintings from eighteenth and early nineteenth-century India. This work will form part of a project studying the way British-Mughal political interaction was expressed in visual culture.
Joshua Weiner’s project, titled “The Government of the Senses: Aesthetic Detachment from Milton to Hume,” will explore the ideal of detached spectatorship in the new aesthetics of the early eighteenth century. He will use the Center’s collections to trace the interplay between theories of aesthetic experience and representations of subjects in literature and art, organizing their habits of perception aesthetically.
Lizhi Zhang is an architectural historian specializing in Chinese vernacular architecture. His current research project, “Sino-Indian architectural communication through the maritime Silk Road,” focuses on the interaction between the vernacular architecture of Southeast China and that of South India during the sixteenth century.