OCAD University
Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 1563

Area(s) of Expertise

Modern & Contemporary Art & Theory, Interdisciplinary studies (Improvisational music - Visual Art - Literature), South Asian Visual Culture


Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty lived in Paris from 1988 to 1997, first as a jazz guitarist, then as a linguistics student at the Universit? de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle). He also completed a MA in musicology (EHESS, Paris) and a MPhil (EHESS) in interdisciplinary studies (Jazz and Contemporary Painting). His doctoral dissertation addressed the philosophical implications of late 20th century French aesthetic response to archaeology and prehistory. He has been at OCAD since 2006. His current research interests include 1) post-1945 European visual culture in terms of 20th century French philosophy and literary criticism/theory; 2) impact of Asian art & philosophy on post-1950 Western art; 3) post-colonial studies; and 4) Interdisciplinary studies of 20th century improvisational music and visual arts.


Maitrise (M.A.), Musicology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (M.Phil.), Interdisciplinary Studies (Art & Music), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; M.A., Art History, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA; Ph.D., Art History, Northwestern University, USA

Professional Experience

2014- Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada 2013-14 Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada 2006- 2013 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Studies, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada 2005-2006 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Utah, USA 2002 Instructor, Art History, Indian Art, Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies

Awards \ Grants

2009 OCAD SSHRC Internal Seed [SIG] Grant 2005 Faculty Travel and Research Award, Department of Art & Art History, University of Utah 2004 Northwestern University Information Technology Grant for Digital Imaging Application 2004 Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship 2002 Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellowship, Northwestern University 2001 Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts Grant, Northwestern University

Selected Publications

"Pierre Soulages's Ultrablack Paintings: The Matter of Presence," RACAR, XXXVI, 1 (2011): 5-16. 'soulages's Paintings and Kuspit's Criticism,"in David Craven & Brian Winkenweder, eds., Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit's Art Criticism (Liverpool University Press, U. K.: April 2011): 173-189. "Primitivism Redux: The Other Face of Indian Modernism," Third Text, 23, 2 (March 2009): 209-211. –Interactions between Music and Visual Arts: Prolegomenon to Theoretical Considerations,"in Rachel Verbin, Colour is the Keyboard, exh. cat. (Toronto, 2008) "Rembrandt: In-Scribing the Act," Northwestern Journal of Art History (Fall 2001), 29-35

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Universities Art Association of Canada College Art Association, USA