Monumental Battles Over a Controversial Past

Who should decide what gets commemorated? What responsibilities do different entities have toward preserving ‘heritage’? How might changing monuments change minds? Visiting Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences and Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University Maya Jasanoff talks about controversial memorials and reflects on the place of history in public life.

Padmaja Anant Wins Mozhi Award 2022 for Translating Chandra Thangaraj’s A House Without Cats

Padmaja Anant, enrolled in Ahmedabad University's Diploma in Literary Translation programme, has won the 2022 Mozhi Prize, a prestigious literary award given to short fiction translated from Tamil into English. “A translated work is a space for shared ideas and visions, and that excites me,” she says.

Heritage and the Pandemic

Supported by the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICHCAP), a UNESCO category 2 Centre in South Korea, Ahmedabad University's Centre for Heritage Management evaluated the effect of the pandemic on heritage in its 4th Annual Conference on Heritage Management Practice and Education. The Stepwell spoke to the Centre's Director, Neel Kamal Chapagain, about the intersections of heritage and COVID-19 and mapping pandemic-related memories.

Building Multidisciplinary Skills with an Ancient Language

Sanskrit and Computer Science? Sanskrit and Economics? Sanskrit and Painting? Students of Sanskrit, a relatively young field of study at Ahmedabad University, are working at radically revising widespread views that the language is steeped in orthodoxy and not a lucrative option for higher education.

Interning with a Sense of Ownership

As part of their summer internship at the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum in Ahmedabad, Anant Jani and Mariyah Mansuri, senior students in our Philosophy, History, and Languages major at the School of Arts and Sciences explored art history, mythology, and theology, and independently handled work at the Museum, some of which are now part of the Museum’s exhibits.

Re-Orienting Taste to Include Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Re-Orienting Taste Project initiated at the Centre for Inter-Asian Research explored creating a dialogue between Indian and Chinese medical systems with food as the pivot. The Centre’s Director Tejaswini Niranjana, and the founders of Edible Archives, Chef Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar and Shalini Krishan, take us on a culinary odyssey of how the past may be used in the present.

Impacting Living Heritage

A student of history and the Indian classical dance form Kathak, Samiksha Purohit had always wanted to blend her knowledge of the two to create social impact. Now, as a final year student at the Centre for Heritage Management, she has received the INTACH Scholarship to help document the present status of Kathak and its artists in Kashi, and assimilate this information for policy formation.