SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture

The SSAF-AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture emerges from AAA’s ongoing engagement with histories of art writing, and its initiatives to map, compile, translate, and republish texts from various contexts. This grant is in keeping with SSAF’s commitment to work with cross-disciplinary initiatives addressing the oppressed and the marginalised, and to support alternative and heterodox practices in the arts, critical research and writing.


The grant aims to:

  • support research on critical histories of art writing, art-making, and visual culture in the 20th and 21st centuries in India and other countries of South Asia, with a focus on their manifestations in print form such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  • open research avenues into Dalit, feminist, peasant, working-class, and other political histories, which are viewed as a constituent part of wider discursive fields, specific regional milieus, and the politics of image-making and circulation.
  • help develop tools and methods for critical art historical analyses of regional discourses and debates in politics and culture, preferably in (though not limited to) the regional languages.


Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that open new areas of study and frame rigorous questions of them; offer close readings of image and text; map circuits of dissemination; and suggest new connections between existing intellectual histories, social, political, and cultural movements, and the visual arts.