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Centre for Public History, Srishti
Winter School in Public History : 2020
Public Event: Panel Discussion
The Lives of Objects: Tracing the Past in the Present
Klaus Staubermann. International Council of Museums, Germany
Annapurna Mamidipudi. Former Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
Swarup Bhattacharyya. Former Curator, Maulana Azad Museum. Kolkata
Sarita Sundar. Founder, Hanno
Panel Chair: Roland Wittje, IIT Madras
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020. 
4:00pm: Lecture Hall - 1, NCBS.
Objects carry traces of the past in the materiality, the technology or the function they are associated with. This panel discussion will initiate a conversation around the scrutiny of objects in their social and public lives in the present to understand the past. The panellists, who come from varied disciplines, are experts in unravelling and making visible different aspects of an object. We hope to move from the theoretical and experimental approaches, to arrive at an understanding that is culturally specific, yet universal.