Dr. Jutta Jain-Neubauer

Dr. Jutta Jain-Neubauer

Associate Researcher, Department for Asian & Islamic Art History Bonn University, New Delhi & Berlin

Educated at the universities of Heidelberg and Bonn in Germany, the art historian Jutta Jain-Neubauer explores in her pioneering work The Stepwells of Gujarat in art-historical Perspective (1981) the spatial topographies, architectural and aesthetic conceptualisation and societal engagement of underground water structures. Her field of expertise are the innovative histories of water structures in terms of their typology, their eco-historical, sociopolitical and aesthetic siting, and their ingenious technical mastery, which resulted in the book edited by Jain-Neubauer, Water Design. Environment and Histories (Marg Publications, Mumbai, 2016). Other areas of specialization include the Sultanate architecture of Ahmedabad and Delhi, as well as the iconography and symbolism of the northern Indian temple entrance. She was awarded research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, has widely lectured in India and abroad, and has numerous articles and books to her credit.

She had held teaching positions and consultancies with various institutions in India, including the National Museum Institute for Art History, Museology and Conservation and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), for which she conducted the first ever full-fledged documentation of Rani ni Vav in Patan in Gujarat, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014. Currently, she is Associate Researcher at the Department for Asian and Islamic Art History at Bonn University.