Heritage and COVID19: How are we doing and what can we do in the current COVID19 crisis?

Can heritage offer any assistance in fighting against and recovering from COVID19? How are people in the heritage sector such as crafts and museums coping up with the current crisis? Are our traditional knowledge systems useful in preparing for such pandemics? These were some of the questions that graduates and students of Masters in Heritage Management discussed with their faculty and colleagues from Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University on Sunday, 19th April 2020. The students were also engaged through academic exercises responding to the current crisis. These shared concerns and collective efforts will guide a series of activities at the Centre for Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University over the next few months, including but not limited to:

  • A series of webinars
  • Action research by small groups in different communities to revive the livelihoods,
  • Policy research to identify gaps and possible ways forward,
  • Reviewing educational processes at different levels of heritage practices,
  • Examining the current management processes of heritage sites and museums in connection with pandemics as well as other disasters, and so on.

This webinar is the first formal step towards the larger discussion which will span across the year.

Registration for the webinar:

The webinar is open for all but with limited entries. Please follow the link to register yourself. You will be provided link for the webinar via email after your successful registration.

Please contact on info.chm@ahduni.edu.in or +91 8866989766 for any query.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee,
Advisor, Centre for Heritage Management

Prof Ashoke Chatterjee received his education at Woodstock School (Mussoorie), St Stephen’s College and Miami University (Ohio). He has a background in the engineering industry, international civil service, India Tourism Development Corporation, and 25 years in the service of the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) where he was Executive Director, Senior Faculty, Distinguished Fellow and Professor of communication and management. He has served a range of development institutions in India and overseas, particularly in the sectors of drinking water, sanitation, disability, livelihoods and education as well as working with artisans in many parts of the country. He was Hon President of the Crafts Council of India for over twenty years and continues to serve CCI. An author and writer, his books include “Dances of the Golden Hall” on the art of Shanta Rao and “Rising” on empowerment efforts among deprived communities in rural Gujarat. Prof Chatterjee continues to assist design education in India and Pakistan. He lives in Ahmedabad with his son Keshav, daughter-in-law Prativa and grandchildren Kabir and Alisa.