Christine Ithurbide


Christine Ithurbide is a PhD candidate in geography at Paris-Diderot University. She has a Master degree in Geography of Emerging and Developing Countries (Paris-Diderot University) and a Master degree in Art History (Paris-Sorbonne). She is also an independent art critic and curator.

Her researches focus on contemporary art & design industries and practices in South Asia, their urban, socio-economical and political dimensions. Her thesis Geography of contemporary Indian art : cities, actors and territories received a 3 years fund by Paris-Diderot University and is presented in co-supervision with the Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She was associated to the 4 years research program “Cultural Industries in India” at the Center for Study of India and South Asia (CEIAS, EHESS) and she contributed to the Creative Economy Report 2013 by UNESCO. In 2013, she received a Grant-in-Aid from the Rockefeller Archive Center.. Gathering architects, artists, professors and art entrepreneurs, she conceived the workshop Art & Mumbai Development Agenda 2014-2054, co-organized with Mohile Parikh Centre at Studio X Mumbai in April 2013 (

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She publishes articles in various scientific revues (Geographie et Culture, Transcontinentales) and art magazine (L’Oeil, Art & Deal, Take on Art ). Among her recent articles and contributions :

“Shaping a Contemporary Art Scene: The Development of Artistic Circulation, Networks, and Cultural Policies between India and the U.S. since the 1950s”, Rockefeller Archive Centre Research Report online 2013

“Beyond Bombay art district : The reorganization of art production and its new territories”. In Belgeo, special issue on Art & Space (upcoming 2015)

“Urban hubs of design”. In From made in India to designed in India : art et design en Inde. Bouquillion, Peghini, Servan-Schreiber and Mayank M. Kaul (Eds) Arcadia éditions, Paris (upcoming 2015)