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Michael W. Meister collection of conference proceedings from "Perceptions of India's Past"


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Michael W. Meister is an art historian, archaeologist and architectural historian at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the W. Norman Brown Professor in the Department of History of Art and South Asia Studies, and has served as chair of the Department of South Asia Studies and as the director of the University of Pennsylvania's South Asia Center. In addition, he is Consulting Curator, Asian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Faculty Curator of the South Asia Art Archive within the Penn Library's South Asia Image Collection. His research focuses on Hindu temple architecture, the morphology of meaning, and other aspects of the history of art and architecture of the Indian sub-continent. He has authored several hundred essays and edited several books, especially several volumes of the Encyclopædia of Indian Temple Architecture.

This collection consists of the conference proceedings for "Perceptions of India's Past," a conference held on December 18-20, 1989, concerning the influence art and architecture played in the historiography of India. It includes papers presented by leading scholars of Indian art and architecture. The collection contains six sessions, and is arranged chronologically by session number. It appears that Meister attended this conference.

Gift of Michael W. Meister, 2018.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Sam Allingham
Finding Aid Date
2021 November 26
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Session I: "Perceptions of India's Past," B.K. Thapar; "Coomaraswamy Young and Old: Indian Art History and the Religious Mind," Roger Lipsey; "The End of Indian Art in the Nineteenth Century," Gary Michael Tartakov; "Perceptions of India's Past: Tradition and Artist," R.N. Misra, 1989 December 18.
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Session II: "Mathura: a Case Study," R.C. Sharma, 1989 December 18.
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Session III: "The Kushana Royal Imagery and its use by Later Kings," B.N. Mukherjee; "The Creation of a Past for Ajanta and Ellora," Geri Malandra (Contains: "Ellora: Select Chronological Bibliography. Works to 1950. Works after 1950"); "Ajanta: The Perception of the Past," M.K. Dhavalikar; "Trophies of War: The Appropriation of Art Objects by Indian Rulers," Richard S. Davis, 1989 December 19.
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Session IV, Parts I and II: Part I - "Revivalism as the Imperial Mode: Religious Architecture under Vijayanagara," George Mitchell; "The Palace Murals of Padmanabhapuram: Images of the Past, Vision of the Future," Mary Elizabeth Heston; "The Chidambaram Temple – A Study," Dr. R. Nagaswamy; Part II - "Painting Copies and Attitudes Toward India's Pre-modern past," Vishakha N. Desai, "Early Mughal paintings of Akbar and Jahangir Periods," Rai Anand Krishna; "Historical Facts Highlighted by Recent Archaeological Explorations and Excavations on Medieval Sites and Architectural Remians," W.H. Siddiqi, 1989 December 19.
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Session V: "Guiltless Spoilations: Colin Mackenzie and the Colonial Surveying of India," Nicholas B. Dirks; "Orientalism, Nationalism and the Reconstruction of "Indian" Art in Calcutta at the Turn of the Century," Tapati Guha-Thakurta; "Kingsway to Rajpath: The Democratization of Lutyens' Central Vista," Narayani Gupta; "Tourism and Icons: The Princely States and their Identification with Rajasthan," Barbara N. Ramusack, 1989 December 20.
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Session VI: "Abandoning Shame," Harlan; "Ganga Devi: Tradition and Expression in Madhubani Painting," Jyotindra Jain; "Chandigarh and Jaipur, yesterday's cities of tomorrow," Sten Ake Nilsson; "India's Past in India's Present: Cultural Policy and Cultural Practice in Architecture and Urban Design, 1960-1990," Anthony King, 1989 December 20.
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