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2023 Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Partha Mitter

April 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  |  UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus


Intense debate has recently been centered on the notion of a cosmopolitanism that arose with colonial era globalization. Cosmopolitanism naturally presupposes travel but what about those who stay at home? The migration of ideas and cross-cultural exchanges made possible by the spread of hegemonic languages and print culture created a virtual cosmopolis that has continued to our day.

Dr. Mitter’s talk will focus on the dynamics, peculiarities and biases of this world.




If you are unable to attend in person, you can join us virtually. Click here to register for the virtual event.


Prof. SidharthaPartha Mitter is a writer and historian of art and culture, specializing in the reception of Indian art in the West, as well as in modernity, art and identity in India, and more recently in global modernism. He studied history at London University and did his doctorate with E. H. Gombrich (1970). He began his career as Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge (1968-69) and Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge (1970-74). In 1974 he joined Sussex as a Lecturer in Indian History, retiring in 2002 as Professor in Art History. He is an Adjunct Research Professor Carleton University, Ontario, Canada

His publications include Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1977: Chicago University Press Paperback, 1992; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013); Art and Nationalism in Colonial India 1850-1922: Occidental Orientations (Cambridge University Press, 1994); Indian Art, Oxford Art History Series (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002); The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde – 1922-1947 (Reaktion Books, London, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007). 

Mitter was Radhakrishnan Lecturer at All Souls College, Oxford in 1992 and Getty Visiting Professor at Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2011. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. In 2000 he was invited by the Indian Government to set up the School of Art and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. 

In 1982 he curated and wrote an introduction to the catalogue of an exhibition on the history of Indian photography for the Photographers Gallery, London. At present he is Emeritus Professor in Art History, University of Sussex, Member of Wolfson College, Oxford and Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada. In 2008 he received an Honorary D.Lit. degree from the Courtauld Institute, London University.


Anuradha Luther Maitra received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and has served UC Santa Cruz in many capacities: Professor of Economics, Special Advisor to the Chancellor on International Initiatives, UC Santa Cruz Foundation Trustee and President. In the year 2001, she established the Sidhartha Maitra Lecture Series on Humanism, Reason and Tolerance in memory of her late husband “with a little bit of help from my friends”: Vikram Seth delivered the Inaugural Lecture ‘Friendship and Poetry’, and Kiran and Arjun Malhotra provided the founding endowment.


This premier campus event series seeks to enrich the intellectual life of the campus and the community, and is made possible thanks to the Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture endowment.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies.


April 20, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm