Ranjana Thapalyal M.Phil, Postgraduate Art Teachers Certificate (ATC)

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Programme Leader, MRes Creative Practices




Ranjana Thapalyal
Programme leader, MRes Creative Practices

Ranjana Thapalyal


Ranjana Thapalyal

Ranjana’s career has spanned artistic practice, academic, and social engagement. Solo exhibitions include shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Edinburgh and Glasgow; artist's residencies include the Burrell Collection, 2005; gallery education work includes the Whitechapel Gallery and Camden Art Centre London. In 2002 the Scottish Arts Council funded Talacchanda, at the Tramway, Glasgow presented contemporary art and classical dance based on the ancient Indian dramatic treatise the Natya Sastra with collaborator Anjana Rajan.

Conference appearances include a dialogue with philosopher Christine Battersby introducing feminist readings of Indian philosophy, at ‘Engendering Dialogue III: Feminist Philosophy and Education’, University of Dundee; ‘Of Sacred Crossroads’ 2008, University of the West Indies, and the Canada International Conference on Education, 2010. Papers and articles have been published in the International Journal of Art and Design Education; art and design magazines in India and the UK; chapter contributions are found in Crafts of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, edited by Jaya Jetley, Mapin Publications, and The Sacred and the Feminine-Imagination and Sexual Difference, edited by Griselda Pollock and Victoria Sauron, I.B. Tauris.

At the GSA Ranjana has tutored in Ceramics, First Year Fine Art, and the Forum for Critical Enquiry, and is currently based in the Graduate School, as Programme Leader of MRes Creative Practices.

Research interests:
Philosophy of Education in higher education contexts; Yoruba and Hindu philosophy and art; meta theatre in Sanskrit drama; feminism and creativity in ancient traditions; intercultural education; inter-disciplinary education; post-colonialism; cultural studies.