American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XIX

November 6-9, 2019

Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh with Partners

View of Edinburgh from Carlton Hill

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field.

From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas in collegial environment, and participate in the ACSAA community. To learn more about ACSAA, its current board members and its activities click here.

Patamanjari Ragini of Dipaka, Ragamala, Ca. 1770, Hyderabad, Or Ms 114 No. 22.

The School of the History of Art at the Edinburgh College of Art will host the next American Council for Southern Asian Arts Symposium from November 6-9, 2019. This is the first time the symposium will take place outside North America. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues across the Atlantic and also extend a warm invitation to our UK and Europe-based colleagues to join us this autumn.


We envisage a presence of publishing presses at this event. We also invite representatives from auction houses and galleries to join us. Please write to us at for more information.

Join us to celebrate Edinburgh’s historic links with South Asian and South East Asian Art through special collections of the University Library and the holdings of the National Museums of Scotland  and National Galleries of Scotland and other institutions across Edinburgh.

Seated Buddha, Gandhara, HC Johnstone Collection, EU 1336

Please take note of the following dates and venues:

  • Nov 6, 2019: Field Trip to Broomhall House & Heritage Roundtable, ECA Boardroom, Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Nov 7, 2019: Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court and West Court Lecture Theatre
  • Nov 8, 2019: Auditorium, National Museum Scotland, Entrance from Lothian Street.
  • Nov 9, 2019: Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court and West Court Lecture Theatre.
  • Nov 10, 2019: Long walking tour of Edinburgh with Roger Jeffery and Hauke Wiebe.

Ali, Daroga Abbas Ali, The Lucknow Album, 1874, RB.S.214

Meet the ACSAA XIX Edinburgh Committee
ACSAA XIX Edinburgh Committee
Scientific Committee Chair
Yuthika Sharma
Scientific committee
Lotte Hoek
Ed Hollis
Yuthika Sharma
Advisory Panel
Rick Asher, Anne Buddle, Sue Stronge, Halle o’Neal
Organising Committee
Anne Buddle, Lotte Hoek, Ed Hollis, Yuthika Sharma, Friederike Voigt

Quran, Dispersed from Tipu Sahib’s Library, Or Ms 148

Find out the logistics of traveling to and staying in Edinburgh including updated information on conference venues.

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The Final programme will be available after May 20, 2019.

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