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Dr Megha Rajguru lectures in the history of art and design with research interests in South Asian material culture, museum collections and exhibitions. Her research is a study of South Asian material culture in museum collections and Modernism in post-independence India. Her work in the latter is particularly concerned with international development and the shaping of Indian design between 1970-1990.

Scholarly biography

Dr Rajguru is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and Cultural Studies. She is part of the University of Brighton's Centre for Design History. She won the University of Brighton's Rising Star award with Dr Yunah Lee for a two-year collaborative research project (2015-17) Modular Living in Asia and co-convened the international conference Modern Living in Asia 1970-1990 in Brighton in April 2017. She is currently working on an edited volume titled Design and Modernity in Asia with Dr Lee.

Megha’s PhD (2010) was a study of the curating of Indian religious artefacts in British museums and galleries. It examined the role of artistic intervention in interpreting intangible qualities of material sacred objects. The research makes a contribution to the study of curating objects of worship, an ongoing debate in museum studies, and offers alternative modes of curatorial thinking that are closely aligned to art practice. She has published her research on museum intervention artistic practice in the Journal of Visual Arts Practice and Journal of Museum Ethnography

She convened and chaired a conference panel at the 2013 Design History Society Annual Conference entitled Exhibiting South Asia at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She also co-presented a paper with Dr Nicola Ashmore on the Hindu Shrine project at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (2002), published as a chapter in Design Objects and the Museum (Bloomsbury Academic) in 2016. 

Megha’s research also engages with contemporary networks and institutions of design. She was Research Fellow on the AHRC funded Brighton Fuse 2 project between 2013-14, which mapped and measured the Creative Digital Information Technology (CDIT) freelance cluster in the city of Brighton and Hove. She carried out qualitative research and made policy recommendations with theFuse research team to government representatives.

Megha has been part of an art collective comprised of artists, activists and academics to remake Picasso’s Guernica in the form of a textile artwork or a large-scale protest banner, responding to contemporary wars and loss of life.The artwork was exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, East Sussex at the Conscience and Conflict: Spanish Civil War and British Artists exhibition (8 November 2014-15 February 2015).

Megha has worked in gallery education in 2004-05 at Tate Britain. She is a Visiting Faculty member at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She is a peer reviewer for various journals such as the Journal of Design History, Third Text and Craft Research.

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Research Output 2010 2020

Design and Modernity in Asia: National Identity and Transnational Exchange 1945-1990

Lee, Y. (ed.) & Rajguru, M. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) London.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

The Didactic Landscape

Chance, H. & Rajguru, M., 2 Jan 2019, 39, 1, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

The world in the garden: ethnobotany in the contemporary Horniman Museum Garden, London

Rajguru, M., 2 Jan 2019, 39, 1, p. 40-52 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Horniman Museum
World Culture


Rajguru, M., 9 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design. Edwards, C. (ed.). 2 ed. London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Museum and gallery design

Rajguru, M., 9 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design. Edwards, C. (ed.). 2 ed.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2015 2017

  • 1 Exhibition, performance
  • 1 Conference

Modern Living in Asia 1945-1990

Yunah Lee (Participant), Megha Rajguru (Organiser)
10 Apr 201711 Apr 2017

Activity: EventsConference

Design History and Practice: New Perspectives from University of Brighton, Gwangju Design Biennale

Yunah Lee (Organiser), Megha Rajguru (Participant), Paul Sermon (Participant), Catherine Moriarty (Participant)
15 Oct 201513 Nov 2015

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance