Crispin Branfoot

Reader in the History of South Asian Art and Archaeology
SOAS University of London

Dr Crispin Branfoot is Reader in the History of South Asian art and archaeology at SOAS, University of London. His research and publications have primarily addressed the art and architecture of southern India, especially the temples of Tamilnadu from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. Themes addressed by his research in southern India include temple networks, the architecture of pilgrimage, festivals and processions, portraiture, histories of archaeology, photography, collecting and conservation, and the politics of heritage. His publications include Gods on the Move: Architecture and Ritual in the South Indian Temple (2007); with Roger Taylor, Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 (2014); and with Archana Venkatesan, In Andal’s Garden: Art, Ornament and Devotion in Srivilliputtur (2015). Current projects include 'Temples of the Heart: Making a Home for Vishnu in Tirukkurungudi', in collaboration with Archana Venkatesan, Anna L. Seastrand and Leslie C. Orr, and 'Pious Vandalism: archaeology, conservation and the temple in colonial Madras Presidency'. Among recent publications is a special issue in collaboration with Megha Chand Inglis on ‘Indian temple architecture and modernity: practices, knowledge production, methodologies’ in arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (26.1, 2022).