Andrew Amstutz

Andrew Amstutz received his PhD in history from Cornell University in 2017 and prior to joining UA Little Rock, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work explores the intertwined histories of science, technology, and Islam in South Asia, as well as public history and museums. At UA Little Rock, Dr. Amstutz teaches courses on world history, Asian history, and public history. His first book project, Between Science and Art: Urdu and the Technologies of Muslim Knowledge in South Asia, offers a history of scientific learning in the Indian subcontinent as it was conceptualized, debated, and practiced by Muslim men and women in the Urdu language and its calligraphic arts during the twentieth century. This project sheds light onto how a diverse community of Indian Muslim poets, printers, and teachers argued that scientific learning could be realized through the arts as they experimented with lithography and other handwritten technologies to imbue scientific literature with artistic appeal and wider accessibility.

Dr. Amstutz’s second book project, Buddhist Afterlives in Muslim Pakistan: The Public Life of the Ancient Past in Modern South Asia, explores the afterlives of ancient Buddhist artifacts in the making of Pakistan as a Muslim homeland in museum exhibits and popular histories during the Cold War. The project chronicles how museum curators and archaeologists turned to Buddhist sculpture to exhibit an ancient history for the new Muslim nation-state and to build new global ties across Asia and to Europe through traveling exhibits and archaeological collaborations. This project will include both a digital media project and a book monograph to fully address the global trajectories of ancient Buddhist art from Pakistan. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship program and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

“A Pakistani Homeland for Buddhism: Displaying a National History for Pakistan beyond Islam, 1950-1969,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 42:2 (2019): 237-255. https://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2019.1580814

“A New Shahrazad: The Travel Writings of Mahmooda Rizvia between India and Iraq during World War II,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 40:2 (2020): 372-386. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-8524292

“A Partitioned Library: Changing Collecting Priorities and Imagined Futures in a Divided Urdu Library, 1947-49,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 43: 3 (2020): 505-521. https://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2020.1747736

“A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history,” South Asia @ LSE (July 2019.) https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2019/07/22/long-read-a-pakistani-homeland-for-buddhism-buddhist-art-muslim-nationalism-and-global-public-history/

“Review Essay: Alternative histories of revolutionaries in modern South Asia: context, chronology, and archives,” India Review 18:03 (2019.) https://doi.org/10.1080/14736489.2019.1616262

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