Workshop for South Asian Archivists and Librarians

About the Workshop:

AIIS Campus, Gurugram

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in collaboration with Ashoka University, British Library, and Indiana University is organizing a three-day workshop for Archivists, Curators and Librarians working with South Asia Collection with the aim of (1) Building institutional ties for information sharing amongst archivists, curators, and librarians of and in South Asia (2) Connecting the scholarly community with the representatives of different resource institutions of and in South Asia. The Workshop will be held between 4-6th July 2018.

The Workshop will have three components:

  1. Presentations and discussion
    1. Presentations on current practices for archiving audio-visual resources; art, museum objects, and archaeology; manuscripts and documents
    2. Case Studies: Individual presentations by participants
    3. Roundtable on specific issues
    4. Tour of AIIS Research Centers
    5. Sessions by British Library at IIC on the 6th of July 2018

  2. Site visits The National Archives of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi

  3. Meet the Archivists' Reception - The scholars participating in the conference will have an opportunity to mingle with workshop participants at this reception sponsored by Indiana University


American Institute of Indian Studies’ national headquarters (22, Sector 32, HUDA Institutional Area, Gurugram, Haryana, India) will be the venue for the Workshop on the 4th of July 2018. On the 5th of July 2018, there will be site visits to the National Archives and Sangeet Natak Akademi, followed by the Opening Ceremony of the conference at IHC. On 6th of July 2018, the British Library sessions will be conducted at Seminar Hall 3 from 9 am to 330 pm, followed by dinner reception at Indiana University, Defence Colony.

Workshop Itinerary:

 For Registered Workshop Participants/Invited Guests







4th July 2018, 8:00 am - 530 pm

The Archivists’ Workshop
(American Institute of Indian Studies)

Pick up Location:
India Habitat Centre, Gate no. 3


American Institute of Indian Studies,


5th July 2018, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Archivists’ Workshop Site Visit
(American Institute of Indian Studies)

Pick up Location:
India Habitat Centre, Gate no. 3

The National Archives
Sangeet Natak Akademi


6th July 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Archivists’ Workshop
(British Library)

India International Centre,
Seminar Hall 1


6th July 2018, 5:30 pm onwards

Dinner Reception for Archivists
(Indiana University)

Pick up Location: 
India Habitat Centre, Gate no. 3


Indiana University India Gateway,
Defence Colony


Workshop Schedule:

  Ashoka University, American Institute of Indian Studies, British Library


  Archiving Workshop Schedule 4th July. American Institute of Indian Studies. 22, Sector 32 HUDA Institutional Area. Gurgaon.







9:00 t o 9:30






9:30 to 10:00

Inauguration of workshop by AIIS President

Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy, and welcoming remarks by Prof Philip Lutgendorf, AIIS Board Chair.





10:00 to 11:20

Session 1

Maya Dodd



10:00 to 10:20

Venkat Srinivasan: Archival thinking as cultural

shift: Revisiting purpose, partnership and pedagogy






10:20 to 10:40

Ranjani Prasad: Building archives of

ethnographic research:

Learnings from Dr. Lotika Varadarajan research collection.



10:40  to 11: 00

Priyanka N. Seshadri: Cataloguing a family








11:00 to 11:20

Anjali Nerlekar: Archives of the Modern: The

Bombay Poets’ Archive at Cornell University Rare Collections





11:20 to 11:45

Tea Break





11:45 to 1:00 PM

Session 2

Tom Derrick



11:45 to 12:05

Steven Miller: Establising a national art archive

in Australia



12:05 to 12:25

Alia Carter: Two centuries of Indian Print at the

British Library







12:25 to 12:45

Tavian Hunter: South Asian Collection

Development at the British Museum: the inclusion of audio-visual and multimedia content.


12:45 to 1 :00

Conclusion of workshop

Maya Dodd and Tom Derrick




1:00 to 2:00






2:- 3:00

Panel on Challenges of Archiving Today





3:00 - 3:20

Tea Break





3:20 to 5 PM

Tour of Centres

Vandana Sinha and Shubha Chaudhuri














For more information please visit the following links:

Center for Art and Archaeology
Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology
Ashoka Archives of Contemporary India
Indiana University Archives
British Library - Two Centuries of Indian Print

Workshop Partners: