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”
2:45—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