Dr. Rukshana Nanji

Dr. Rukshana Nanji will present a paper on “A Chinese Muse in the Caliph’s Court – The Influence of Chinese Ceramic Technology across the Indian Ocean (8th to 14th century CE).”

Dr. Rukshana Nanji
Independant Archaeologist
Dr. Rukshana Nanji is a double Post Graduate having completed her Masters in English Literature from Pune University and in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from the Deccan College (Deemed University), Pune. She secured University first ranks in both degrees and was the first recipient of the prestigious H. D. Sankalia Gold medal. Her doctoral thesis was awarded a Ph.D by the Deccan College, Pune in 2011 and was published under the title “Merchants and Mariners: A study of Early Medieval Ceramics in India, with special reference to Sanjan” (Vol.I Sanjan Excavation Reports) by BAR, Oxford. She has also co-authored a book on Buddhist sites in Gujarat with Prof. K Krishnan and Dr. Atusha Irani.
Dr Nanji has worked extensively as a field archaeologist and ceramic specialist on several sites in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. She has presented her work and has been invited to speak at several prestigious institutions and conferences such as Oxford, Cambridge, Victoria and Albert Museum, School of Oriental and African Studies – UK, British Institute of East Africa – Zanzibar, Zoroastrian Center- Singapore, SOSA conference – Iran, AIIH conference – Sri Lanka, CSMVS Mumbai, etc. Her academic papers have been published in national and international journals and edited volumes. She is based in Pune and works as an independent researcher. Her present research is a continuation of her work on Early Medieval port sites on the western sea-board of India and interactions across the Indian Ocean as reflected in the archaeological record.