The Idea of Ancient India

Professor Upinder Singh

Venue: Room 1505, 1555 Century Avenue, NYU Shanghai
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 17:30 to 18:30 CST

How ancient is ancient India? What are some of the recent approaches and challenges in reconstructing South Asiaā€™s early history? Professor Upinder Singhā€™s talk will answer these questions by focusing on a few specific themes — the earliest human remains found in the subcontinent; the reasons why the Indus civilization still presents many mysteries; the incorporation of subordinate and marginalized groups into social history; the problem of violence in history and thought; and the connections between the subcontinent and the wider world. In addressing these issues, Dr. Singh will be questioning some of the stereotypical notions about Indian culture.

Upinder Singh, Professor and Head of the Department of History, University of Delhi, is author ofĀ Kings, Brahmaį¹‡as, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300-1147)Ā (1994);Ā Ancient DelhiĀ (1999);Ā The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of ArchaeologyĀ (2004); andĀ A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the Twelfth CenturyĀ (2008). She has editedĀ Delhi: Ancient HistoryĀ (2006) andĀ Rethinking Early Medieval IndiaĀ (2011); and co-editedĀ Ancient India: New ResearchĀ (2009),Ā Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected HistoriesĀ (2014), andĀ Buddhism in Asia: Revival and ReinventionĀ (2016). Her most recent book isĀ The Idea of Ancient India: Essays on Religion, Politics and ArchaeologyĀ (2016). Her current research interests include early Indian political ideas and the connections between South and Southeast Asia.Ā 

ProfessorĀ Tansen SenĀ will be introducing Professor Singh.

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