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 religion, science, and alternative print technologies in South Asia, as well as public history and museums. His first book project, Between Science and Art: Urdu and the Remaking of Muslim Knowledge in South Asia, sheds light on how debates over science popularization and experiments in non-typographic print technology shaped Muslim social and intellectual life in modern South Asia. This project highlights alternative understandings of the relationship between the sciences and the humanities.

Dr. Amstutz’s second book project, Unearthing Pakistan: Buddhist Art, Muslim Nationalism, and Global Public History, follows the public history of Buddhist art from Pakistan during the global Cold War. The project considers how Pakistani museum curators and archaeologists turned to ancient Buddhist sculpture to display an ancient history for the new Muslim nation-state. Not only did Pakistani curators exhibit Buddhist artifacts as a distinctive public history for Pakistan, but they also built new global ties to Southeast Asia and Europe through traveling exhibits and archaeological collaborations from the 1950s to the 1970s. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship program and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

At UA Little Rock, Dr. Amstutz teaches courses on world history, South Asia, museum interpretation, and Islam. He is committed to foregrounding Asian history in his teaching and public history.

“A Pakistani Homeland for Buddhism: Displaying a National History for Pakistan beyond Islam, 1950-1969,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 42:2 (April 2019.)

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

“A New Shahrazad: The Travel Writings of Mahmooda Rizvi between India and Iraq during World War II,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (forthcoming 2020.)

“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/

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