Jinah Kim

George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art :: Department of History of Art & Architecture

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 Cohn Prize honorable mention 2015). Her second book, Garland of Visions: Color, Tantra and a Material History of Indian Painting (UC Press, forthcoming) 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. Kim has also co-curated an exhibition on Nepalese Buddhist Ritual art and co-edited its catalog, Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist ritual art of Nepal (Hotei, 2019).