Dr Rycroft is Lecturer in the Arts and Cultures of Asia at the School of World Art Studies, UEA. He specialises in South Asian art and anthropological history. He took up this post in 2006, and has since co-founded the journal World Art. He works on numerous individual and collaborative research projects. Previously Dr Rycroft held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, focusing on ‘Subalternity and Visual Representation in India’ at the University of Sussex from 2003-2005. He was then also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for World Environmental History, and organized a conference there on ‘Reinterpreting Adivasi Movements in South Asia’ in March 2005. Since joining the School of World Art Studies Dr Rycroft has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship to develop an image archive covering core aspects of South Asian art. He is currently Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. He also convenes the MA programmes in Cultural Heritage and facilitates a research network on Indian anthropology. He is an editorial board member of Art History, and co-founder of the South Asian Arts Group.


  • Editorial Board member, Art History (from October 2012)
  • Founder and member, South Asian Arts Group (SAAG) (from July 2012)
  • Co-convener of Purvajo-ni Aankh (Through the Eye of the Ancestors) exhibition research project, in association with Bhasha Research and Publication Centre and Vaacha (January 2012)
  • Organiser of workshop on the ‘Future of Anthropological Archival Knowledge: an International Reassessment’ (FAAKIR), Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig (May 2011)
  • Founding co-editor, World Art, Routledge journals (2010-12)
  • Co-convener of conference panel, ‘Imperial Tensions’, Association of Art Historians conference, Glasgow University (April 2010)
  • Core participant for ‘Seeking Bridges between Anthropology and Indigenous/Native Studies’, workshop series, Oxford Brookes University (2008 to 2009)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Museums for the Marginalised’, International seminar at the Horniman Museum, London (October 2008)
  • Panel co-organiser for ‘Landscapes of Resistance’, European Association of Modern Asian Studies conference, University of Manchester (July 2008)
  • Member of Steering Committee for Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures, University of Sussex (2005-2006)
  • Research Associate of Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (2004 to 2006)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Santal Hul 150: An International Forum Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Santal Rebellion in 2005’ (2004-2005)
  • Conference organiser of ‘Reinterpreting Adivasi (Indigenous and tribal peoples) movements in South Asia’, University of Sussex (March 2005)
  • Senior Research Associate of Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex (2003-2005)
  • Exhibition Assistant for British Council and British Museum touring exhibition, ‘The Enduring Image’, on the occasion of 50th anniversary of India’s independence

Academic Background

B.A. World Art Studies; University of East Anglia 1996

DPhil History of Art; University of Sussex 2003

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