Dr Diva Gujral

Dr Diva Gujral

LSE Fellow

Department of International History

Room No
SAR M.10
Office Hours
Wednesday, 10am-12noon (appointment by Student Hub)
English, Hindi, Italian
Key Expertise
Postcolonial India; History of Art; Global Modernism; the Cultural Cold War

About me

Dr. Diva Gujral is an LSE Fellow in Twentieth-century Indian and Global Imperial History. She completed her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Picturing Non-Alignment: Photography, nation-building and identity in India, c. 1950-1975,’ at the Department of History of Art, UCL, in 2021. Her thesis traced the development of modernist photography in early postcolonial India in the context of the state’s political (and cultural) enactments of anti-colonialism. Prior to joining the LSE she held teaching positions at UCL and the Open University. Her research interests include global art histories; photographic modernism; anticolonial solidarity networks; and themes of postcolonial utopias, nostalgia, and colonial legacies in South Asian visual culture.


Expertise Details

Postcolonial India; History of Art; History of Photography; Global Modernism; the Cultural Cold War




  • Gaskell, Nathaniel and Diva Gujral. Photography in India: A Visual History from the 1850s to the Present. London: Prestel Verlag, 2019.

Book Chapters:

  • Gujral, Diva. ‘Multiple Modernisms: Photographing the Nation and beyond in the 1950s and 1960s’ in Points of View: Defining Moments of Photography in India, ed. Gayatri Sinha. New Delhi: KNMA Publications, 2022.
  • Gujral, Diva. ‘Time and Time Again: Fragmentation and Continuity in Jyoti Bhatt’s experimental photography’ in Jyoti Bhatt: Time & Time Again, ed. Nathaniel Gaskell (Bengaluru: Museum of Art and Photography). Exhibition catalogue. Forthcoming.


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