The Past for Sale: Protecting India’s Cultural Heritage

All day
Through March 17, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Mar. 16

This conference brought together anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, and cultural heritage scholars and activists to discuss contemporary threats to India's ancient cultural patrimony. Papers covered a range of empirical cases and considered both current approaches and potentially beneficial interventions into the field of cultural heritage protection and study. We focused in particular on the processes that lead to artifacts' and artworks' being sold on the international market without legal authorization.

This conference was part of The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting, a project of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

This event was co-sponsored by the South Asia Lanugage and Area Center and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi.

Conference Schedule

Monday, March 16 -- Open to the Public

8:45 a.m.            Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.            Opening Remarks

  Lawrence Rothfield (Depts. of English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago)

9:45 a.m.            Panel I: Communities

  Michael Tomlan (Dept. of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University)
  S. Vijay Kumar (Poetryinstone and Indiaprideproject)
  Fiona Rose-Greenland (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago)

10:45 a.m.           Break

11:00 a.m.            Discussion, Panel I

11:45 a.m.            Lunch

1:15 p.m.              Panel II: Contexts

                             Anna Seastrand, (Humanities Division, University of Chicago)
                             Kathleen Morrison (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago)
                             Mark Lycett (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

2:15 p.m.              Break

2:30 p.m.             Discussion, Panel II

3:15 p.m.              Closing Comments

7:00 p.m.             Conference Dinner (Invitation Only)


Tuesday, March 17

9:15 a.m.              Continental Breakfast

9:45 a.m.              Panel III: Frameworks

                              Gautham Sengupta (Center for Archaeological Research and Training, Kolkata)
                              Naman P. Ahuja (School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
                              Sandra Cobden (Dispute Resolution and Legal Public Affairs, Christie’s Auctions)
                              Kavita Singh (School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11:00 a.m.             Break

11:15 a.m.             Discussion, Panel III

12:00 p.m.             Lunch 

1:30 p.m.               Panel IV: Networks

                              Lawrence Rothfield (Depts. of English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago)
                              A. Srivathsan (The Hindu Newspaper)
                              Kirit Mankodi (plunderedpast.in and Project for Indian Cultural Studies)      

2:30 p.m.              Break

2:45 p.m.              Roundtable Discussion