The Ganga (Ganges), National River of India: Its Heritage and Future

9:00 am              Welcome from the Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Panel 1: Ganga Flow, Human Settlements, and Pollution

9:15 – 9:45        Trevor Birkenholtz, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at                                  Urbana-Champaign: "Surplus and Sacredness: India’s National River-linking Project                                  & the Ganga"
9:45 – 10:15       Anthony Acciavati, Adjunct Prof. at Columbia University in the City of New York:                                  “Super-Surface: Infrastructure across the Ganges River Basin since 1854”   
10:15 - 10:30       Discussion
10:30 – 10.45      Coffee Break

Panel 2: Cultural Significance, Ritual Performances and Arts of the Ganga

10:45-11:15        Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Department of Religion, University of Illinois at                                    Urbana- Champaign: “Embodied Goodness of the Gods”: Revisiting Ganga Ma as                                    Goddess"
11:15-11:45        Pradeep Dhillon, Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership,                                     University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: “Varanasi in Modern and                                     Contemporary Indian Art: Two Visions”
11:45-12:15         Screening of video provided by Ranjit Makkuni, Sacred World Research                                      Laboratory, New Delhi
12:15 – 12:30         Discussion
12:30 – 1.30           Lunch Break

Panel 3: The Built Heritage

1:30 –2.00            Rana P.B. Singh, Department of Geography, Banaras Hindu University: "Sun Images                                   and association with the Ganga in Banaras: Ordering, Cultural Astronomy and                                     Worship"

2:00--2:30             Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Ghats on the                                       Ganges: Riverine Aesthetics and Politics in British Colonial India”
2:30—2:45            Discussion
2:45—3:00            Coffee Break 

Panel 4: An Integrated Approach to Conservation

3:00-3:30               Kelly Alley, Department of Anthropology, Auburn University, “Rejuvenating                                    Ganga: Institutions, Technologies and the Governance Challenge”
3:30 – 4:00            Alpa Nawre, Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community                                      Planning, Kansas State University: ‘Laminated Landscapes of the Ganga Ghats’
4:00 – 4:30             Amita Sinha, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at                                       Urbana Champaign, “Death and Life on the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi”
4:30 – 5:00             Discussion