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Department of History Seminar 2021: Social History Through Architecture

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 -

The Department of History invites you to the seminar on Social History Through Architecture: The Separation of Design and Construction by Pushkar Sohoni, Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, on Feburary 18.

About the seminar
Architecture embodies social realities, which can be discovered through a detailed study of its construction. Careful documentation of historic buildings can reveal social processes that are often not represented the inscriptional or historic record. Here we will examine a medieval temple, understand its construction and failure, and recover the history of the artisanal traditions that were involved in its construction. It becomes clear that the realities of traditional practices shape architecture in ways that are very different from the aspirational design.

About the speaker
Pushkar is an architect, architectural and cultural historian. He teaches in IISER, Pune as Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also faculty in the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences at IISER, Pune. Pushkar received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania on the architecture of the Early Modern Deccan. He has extensive experience as a researcher and teacher, having worked in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania and as the South Asia bibliographer there. He is the author of two richly illustrated and wonderfully researched publications titled Aurangabad with Daulatabad, Khuldabad, Ahmadnagar (Jaico; Deccan Heritage Foundation, Mumbai 2015) and (with Kenneth X. Robbins) Jewish Heritage of the Deccan: Mumbai, the Northern Konkan, Pune (Jaico; Deccan Heritage Foundation, Mumbai 2017). His newest monograph is The Architecture of a Deccan Sultanate: courtly practice and royal authority in Late Medieval India (IB Taurus: London 2018)

Thursday 18, Feb 2021
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM