Jinah Kim

Jinah Kim

Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture
South and Southeast Asian
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Jinah Kim (PhD, UC Berkeley) teaches South and Southeast Asian art. Professor Kim’s research and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics with special interests in text-image relationships, female representations and patronage, re-appropriation of sacred objects, and post-colonial discourse in the field of South and Southeast Asian Art.  Her first book, Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia was published by UC Press in 2013 (AAS Bernard Cohen Prize honorable mention 2015). She is currently finishing her second book, "Garlands of Visions: Tantric Vision Practices and a Material History of Indian painting,” which demonstrates how “pothi” manuscripts enabled material transformation of Indian painting into a portable media that can help transfer a vast amount of visual knowledge across great distances.  Her publications explore diverse topics such as the female patronage of Buddhist art in medieval South Asia, the development of visual vernaculars in Indian manuscript painting, and a complex history of re-appropriation of a religious site like Angkor Wat.  In addition to her academic research, she is developing a digital humanities project on color, which will serve as an online portal and a searchable, open database for existing and future research on pigments. She is also co-curating an exhibition on Nepalese Buddhist ritual art to open in Fall 2019. 

Contact Information

2 Arrow Street 340 Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617.495.9538