Afterlives of Monuments


Jai Mahal (Water Palace), Jaipur, Deborah Cherry 2010

South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. This research project has been developed through a series of international conferences and seminars, culminating in the publication of a special issue on The Afterlives of Monuments in South Asian Studies, published by Taylor and Francis as volume 29 issue 1, spring 2013. It builds on an international conference (CSM, London, 2010) funded by the British Academy, the Nehru Centre London, the India High Commission, and TrAIN, and further events will be developed later in 2013-14.

Bringing together an international cohort of senior scholars and younger researchers, The Afterlives of Monuments considers the vast diversity of monuments (and conceptions of monuments) in South Asia from the 1850s to the present. The studies investigate what constitutes a monument, and interrogate the conditions for its survival (or not)? To explore the afterlives of monuments is to investigate how, where, when, and why monuments have been remodelled, re-used, re-sited, destroyed, defaced, or abandoned. It is to investigate the theories of memory, history and community, as well as new forms of artistic practice and global media. As different South-Asian communities claim a stake in the making of national, religious, cultural and local histories, the status of monuments and debates about cultural memory have become increasingly urgent.

Deborah Cherry, ‘The Afterlives of Monuments’
Sraman Mukherjee, Configuring Sacred Spaces: Archaeology, Temples and Monument-Making in Colonial Orissa
Tracy Anderson, Gender and Commemoration in Nineteenth-century British India: A Case Study of Charlotte Canning
Clare Harris, The Potala Palace: Remembering to Forget in Contemporary Tibet
Tapati-Guha Thakurta, The Production And Reproduction Of A Monument: The Many Lives Of The Sanchi Stupa
Hilal Ahmed, Mosques as Monuments: Afterlives of Jama Masjid Delhi and the Political Memories of a Royal Muslim Past Raminder Kaur, From ‘Temples of Modernity’ to Post-Liberal ‘Kitsch’: The Many Lives of Nuclear Monuments in India
Sudeep Dasgupta, Virtual Palimpsests: Memorializing Otherness through an Aesthetics of Transciency
Gayatri Sinha, Remembering Gandhi
Partha Mitter, Monuments in the Modern World


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