Architectural Exchanges in South Asia

Architectural Exchanges in South Asia: Medieval to Contemporary Period

Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies and The Richard Saivetz '69 Annual Memorial Architectural Symposium

Presented by the South Asian Studies Program and the Department of Fine Arts

Chair: Prof. Talinn Grigor, Department of Fine Arts, Brandeis University

Dr. Grigor and Projects

Friday, April 4, 2014

4:00-8:00pm

Speakers:

Prof. Tamara I. Sears, The Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art, Yale University

Title: Wandering the Wilderness Between Temple and Town: Architecture and Landscape in Medieval Madhya Pradesh

Prof. Alka Patel, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine

Title: An Empire between India and Iran: the Ghurids of Afghanistan, 1150-1215

Prof. Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Title: Architecture and the Mobility of Taste: Nadir Shah’s Spoils from Delhi

Prof. Elizabeth Dean Hermann, Division of Architecture and Design, Rhode Island School of Design

Title: Constructing Identity in the Post-Colonial Era: The South Asian Dimension in 20th-Century Sri Lankan Architecture

On April 4th 2014, a merging of two lecture series—The Soli Sorabjee Lectures in South Asian Studies and the Richard Saivetz ’69 Annual Memorial Architectural Symposium, sponsored by the South Asian talk Studies program and the Department of Fine Arts—was presented to a group of eager Brandeis students and scholars of South Asia and fine arts.

Hosted by Brandeis Prof. Talinn Grigor, the Architectural Exchanges in South Asia: Medieval to Contemporary Periods symposium began with a presentation of architectural models built by students in Boston Architecture and Sex and Space courses, opening up a discourse on modern architecture that would then lead to the presentations of South Asian architecture by Prof. Tamara I. Sears, The Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art of Yale University, Prof. Alka Patel, Department of Art History of University of California, Prof. Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London, and Prof. Elizabeth Dean Hermann, Division of Architecture and Design of Rhode Island School of Design.

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Each lecture by the four scholars brought a vigorous approach to how we look at South Asian architecture. Prof. Tamara I. Sears’ Wandering the Wilderness between Temple and Town: Architecture and Landscape in Medieval Madhya Pradesh analyzed the locations of different temples in Medieval India and how their history affected the way they were built and how we now preserve each individual temple. Prof. Alka Patel’s An Empire between India and Iran: the Ghurids of Afghanistan, 1150-1215 presented how the Ghurid dynasty created a melding of both cultural and architectural histories in Iran and India, and how both inspired one another architecturally. Prof. Sussan Babaie’s Architecture and the Mobility of Taste: Nadir Shah’s Spoils from Delhi showcased the history of Delhi’s architecture influenced by Iranian rule and how the Afsharid dynasty led to the creation of later, modern-day Delhi. And, Prof. Elizabeth Dean Hermann’s Constructing Identity in the Post-Colonial Era: The South Asian Dimension in 20th-Century Sri Lankan Architecture investigated Southern Sri Lankan contemporary architecture influenced and encouraged by Western architectural intervention. The well-researched lectures were concluded with an open discussion over Indian food.

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