Salila Kulshreshtha

Adjunct Lecturer Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: salila.kulshreshtha@nyu.edu
Education: BA Lady Shri Ram College; MA Jawaharlal Nehru University; MPhil Jawaharlal Nehru University; PhD Jawaharlal Nehru University

Research Areas: History of religions in South Asia; Religion in the Indian Ocean World; Museums and Heritage Studies


Salila Kulshreshtha received her PhD in History from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral research focuses on tracing how the spatial relocation of sacred sculptures brings about a change in their identity and ritual purpose. Salila has been a Shivdasani Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, University of Oxford (2018) and has also designed an online course on Indian Art for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, as part of their Continuing Education Programme. She has worked on issues of urban heritage and heritage education with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai. She has taught art history, history and humanities in Mumbai at Rizvi College of Architecture and Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture and in the USA at the Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College.

Salila is the author of From Temple to Museum: Colonial Collection and Uma Mahesvara Icon in Middle Ganga Valley (Routledge: 2018). Her other publications include Removable Heritage: Nalanda Beyond the Mahavihara, Between Shrines and Monuments: Heritage of Sacred Spaces in South Bihar, and Contextualising Sacred Sculptures as part of Occasional Papers published by Indian International Centre, New Delhi. She has also published with the online journal wire.in.

Salila's research interests include religious iconography and temples in South Asia, colonial archaeology and museum studies. Her more recent research project studies shrines in the western Indian Ocean.