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ACSAA Color Slide Project

The ACSAA Color Slide Project Becomes ACSAA Digital Images!
The ACSAA Color Slide Project is now ACSAA Digital Images. It is accessible for free and available as downloadable low-res images through the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds. See the official announcement  issued by all three collaborating organizations October 15, 2015. The images can be found at under the Center for Art and Archaeology, "Collections" category. It is divided into two groups within Monuments/Special Collections and Museums/Partner in VMIS.


From 1974 through 2006, the ACSAA Color Slide Project was a non-profit initiative administered through Asian Art Archives of The University of Michigan  that provided high quality color slides of the art and architecture of India and greater  South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and the Himalayan regions  to individuals and institutions for teaching and research purposes around the world. It was supported by foundations, institutions, and individuals.

Today, most of the ACSAA images are digitally available through ARTstor (

Soon (date tbd), low-resolution images (suitable for PowerPoint presentations), now known as the ACSAA Digital Images, will be newly available for teaching and study purposes through the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds (Collection section; (, a new website of the Center for Art & Archaeology of the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon, India.  Users will need to register (free of charge) on the CA&A website in order to download images (free of charge).

ACSAA is pleased that these new iterations of the ACSAA Color Slide Project maintain its original intentions while making it available on an even wider scale.


For publication-quality, high-resolution images, interested parties should contact the Visual Resources Collection (VRC) of The University of Michigan's History of Art Department at


Resource: INDAAR website (Diaspora Asian Art)

Location: On-line (Australia)


Details: I am pleased to share the following link for the newly launched

International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research, in which I am

serving as a member of the founding Executive council. It is network of

scholars and writers dedicated to the transnational study of Asian diasporic

art, linking Asia, Australia, the United States, and beyond.

Resource: AISLS Furniture and Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka digital library

Location: On-line (Sri Lanka)


Details: The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies announces the availability of the Furniture and Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka (FDASL) digital library.  This documentary project displays an inventory of furniture and other decorative arts that were created in Sri Lanka and are currently owned by Sri Lanka's cultural institutions and private collections, including the Department of National Museums.  It consists of approximately 1,000 images of 400 unique items, photographed by the project's principal researcher, Ayesha Abdur-Rahman.  FDASL is hosted by the Digital Library for International Research, which is supported by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

New Journal: South Asian History and Culture

Deadline: ongoing


Details: This journal offers a forum that will provide an integrated perspective on the field at large. It aims to bring together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and to provide scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialization. Such an approach is critical to any expanding field of study, for the development of more informed and broader perspectives, and of more overarching theoretical conceptions.

CFP: Journal of Hindu Studies

Deadline: ongoing


Details: The Journal of Hindu Studies invites submission of articles and reviews from scholars working on all areas of Hindu Studies. The Journal publishes articles dealing with all periods and geographical regions, and coming from a variety relevant disciplines, including History, Philology, Literature and the Arts, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, and Religious Studies. All submissions will receive double-blind peer-review. The deadline for all submissions for our next issue is August 1, 2009.

Indian Painting: The Lesser Known Traditions

Date: 7-9 March 2008

Location: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Details: The last few decades have seen a flourishing of outstanding scholarship in the areas of courtly painting such as Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari and Deccani.  India, however, has an astonishing wealth of diverse painting tradition. These have not been as widely studied as they deserve, but have generally been considered and classified as ‘folk’. Thus they have tended to be neglected by mainstream scholarship. The aim of this Conference is to bring together scholars who have devoted much of their attention to such lesser known traditions. 

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