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18 November 2016

CfP: John Lockwood Kipling: Changing Worlds

John Lockwood Kipling: Changing Worlds
King's College London, 4th March 2017

CfP deadline: 14th December 2016

This one-day interdisciplinary international conference, co-organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and King's College London, is centred on the career and artistic networks of the draughtsman, designer, architectural sculptor, art school teacher and colonial museum curator (as well as sometime journalist and folklorist) John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911). Overshadowed, since his death, by the literary fame of his son Rudyard, in his lifetime Lockwood Kipling was recognized as a major cultural figure in colonial India. He made far-reaching contributions to the growth of museums in India and to the revival of traditional crafts and design. His mark is still visible within the urban fabric of the cities he inhabited in the reliefs that adorn the portals of Crawford Market in Mumbai or the Museum and National College of Arts buildings in Lahore.

He is also a controversial figure, especially in modern-day India and Pakistan, where he is not always remembered as the kindly old curator of Buddhist statuary portrayed in his son's novel Kim. The conference thus serves two purposes: we wish to bring Lockwood's remarkably varied career to attention once again, but also to debate his legacy within the global networks of his time.

Papers are welcome from scholars in the fields of literary and historical studies, and art and design. 250 word abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Alexander Bubb (King's College London) and Sandra Kemp (Victoria & Albert Museum) by14th December 2016, at the address

We encourage abstracts to respond to one of the following themes:
1. Networks, partnerships and collaborations (for example, with such figures as George Birdwood, Casper Purdon Clarke, Lockwood de Forrest, Gottfried Leitner, Sher Muhammad, Bhai Ram Singh, Aurel Stein).

2. Architecture and Pedagogy (e.g. Arts and Crafts, the Indo-Saracenic style, drawing manuals and textbooks)

3. New technologies and new narratives (e.g. print, photography, book design and illustration, ethnography and the collection of folklore and folk-idiom).

The conference is timed to coincide with the first exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Lockwood Kipling at the V&A, in partnership with the Bard Graduate Center, New York: Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London, which opens at the V&A in January 2017.