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CSAS Lecture Series | India's Archaeological Heritage Since Independence: Challenges and Dilemmas

Nayanjot Lahiri, Ashoka University
Monday, January 8, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
10th Floor Event Space Weiser Hall Map
India’s archaeological heritage has continued to grow in many different ways since independence, even as the monuments and relics, sites and sculpture remain vulnerable and compromised. This lecture will look at the challenges and pressures on this heritage as a consequennce of developments arising from the impact of accelerated industrialization and mega projects, the antiquity trade protected by mafias of various kinds, the state of government-funded institutions, and the adjudication of legal disputes relating to monuments. The lecture will also offer some possible solutions on how India’s heriage can be made to matter more than it does at present.

Nayanjot Lahiri is a historian and archaeologist of ancient India and a professor of history at Ashoka University. Prof. Lahiri won the 2013 Infosys Prize in the humanities for her contribution towards the integration of archaeological knowledge with the historical understanding of India from the earliest times. She also won the 2016 John F. Richards prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India. Her books include The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (1992), Finding Forgotten Cities (2005), Marshalling the Past -Ancient India and its Modern Histories (2012), Ashoka in Ancient India (2015) and Monuments Matter: India’s Archaeological Heritage Since Independence (2017). She has edited The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000) and an issue of World Archaeology entitled The Archaeology of Hinduism’ (2004).
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Asia, India
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures