SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

The Past Before Us: Heritage and History in South Asia

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED

Date: 5 September 2016Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 6 September 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Conference

The Past Before Us: Heritage and History in South Asia - poster
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You are warmly invited to a cross-disciplinary international conference, jointly organized by the SOAS South Asia Institute in London and Presidency University in Kolkata, to celebrate SOAS’s centenary.  

Over the two days of the conference, over thirty contributors from India, Europe, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the US and Singapore will address questions relating to the conceptualisation of heritage, the relationship between global and local evaluations of heritage, and the contested politics of heritage in South Asia.

This conference is supported by the Nehru Centre London and the Charles Wallace India Trust.  It is the first of two linked conferences: the second will be held in Kolkata to mark the bicentenary of Presidency University in 2017. 

Programme

Programme: The Past Before Us: Heritage and History in South Asia (pdf; 489kb)  

Book of Abstracts

The Past Before Us: Heritage and History in South Asia: Book of abstracts (pdf; 590kb)  

Centenary Celebrations

We have a number of other events running alongside the conference. 

  • The keynote lecture, ‘Past cultures as the heritage of the present’, will be delivered by the renowned Indian historian Professor Romila Thapar on the evening of Monday 5 September.  Professor Thapar is an alumna and Honorary Fellow of SOAS who was until her retirement in 1991 Professor of Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Her published works range from Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas (1961) to The Past before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India (2013).

  • The conference will also feature a special panel discussion to mark the 250th anniversary of Waris Shah’s Heer. Participants will include HE Navtej Sarna, India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Professor Emeritus Christopher Shackle, and Professor Majid Sheikh.  

  • The conference will conclude with a musical performance by the world famous Indian Sufi composer and singer Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar: the Faqiri Quartet on the evening of Tuesday 6 September.

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute in London and Presidency University in Kolkata

Contact email: ssai@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 4892 4390