[CSH Seminar] Early Approaches to Heritage in Pre-colonial India: Reconsidering the Eurocentric Historiography of Built Heritage

Monday 14 January 2019, 05:00pm - 07:00pm
Location : Institut Français en Inde, 2, Conference Room :
 


The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) is delighted to invite you to a Seminar on: 

 

Early Approaches to Heritage in Pre-colonial India: Reconsidering the Eurocentric Historiography of Built Heritage

by

Sylvie Dominique

(Associate Researcher, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon

Associate Researcher, Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi)

 

Monday, 14 January 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

[Join us for tea and coffee at 4:30 p.m.!]

At Institut Français en Inde, Conference room (ground floor)

2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam road, New Delhi, 110011

 

 

The concern for heritage custodianship and the practice of conservation are commonly held to have emerged in India under the impulse given by British pioneers of the end of the 19th century. Since the colonial intervention, the myth of Indians’ lack of heritage awareness and of a historic India has endured. Though the Eurocentric view has been questioned in the field of history, the historiography of heritage conservation continues to overlook the contribution of other regions such as South Asia. This presentation proposes to reconsider the history of patrimony in India by looking at the early approaches to heritage in the pre-colonial period. I focus on three of these approaches: first, destruction, repairs, appropriation, abandon or reuse; second, the claim of legacy through the construction of memorials; and third, the antiquarian appeal to monuments and custodian approach that led to historical interest and repairs, both individual and collective. I contend that these early practices differed little from those found in Western Europe at the same period and may be considered in a more global view of the history of conservation of architectural heritage.

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