Organizer/chair/ keynote speaker/important conference talks, key lectures

  • Co-organiser, International Workshop on Material Culture, co-organised by NIAS with Jain University, Bangalore, ASI and Exeter University (11th-14th April 2014)
  • Srinivasan, S. Nov 26th, 2013, ‘Metallurgy in Archaeology’, National seminar on South Indian Archaeology, World Heritage Week celebrations, ASI and Christ University
  • Srinivasan, S., 7th Oct 2013, ‘Art history and inter-disciplinary interventions’, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Dept of Art History, College of Fine Arts
  • Srinivasan, S, Aug, 6, 2013, Metallurgical analysis: Role of Chemistry in Archaeology, Symposium on application of sciences in Archaeology, Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Aug 14th-20th, 2013, Three lectures for international workshop on ‘Personal Adornment from Pattanam and beyond’, organised by KCHR with British Museum and Pondicherry University.
  • Srinivasan S., (January 29th, 2013) “Wootz and the Damascus Blade: Metallurgy in the 18th Century”, Centre for public History in association with the Visvesvaraya industrial & Technological museum for Tipu Series talks to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Archaeological survey of India
  • Srinivasan, S. Dec 9th, 2012, Invited lecture-performance, ‘Cosmic dance of Siva’, 100 years of Cosmic Rays, International Conference, TIFR, Mumbai
  • Srinivasan, S. 14th Nov, 2012, ‘Indian wootz steel: some archaeometallurgical insights on production mechanisms’, National Metallurgists Day, 50 years, Inaugural session, NMD conference organised by TataSteel and IIM, Jamshedpur
  • Invited Lecture-performance, 10th May, 2012 ‘Under the Hampi Skies’, Planetarium Vaulx-en-Velin, Lyon, France
  • Co-organiser of Royal Society and DST supported India-UK scientific seminar as collaboration between NIAS and Exeter University on ‘Indian iron and steel – developing interdisciplinary applications in archaeometallurgy and geospatial archaeology’ at Exeter University between 7-9th March 2012 (co-organised with Gill Juleff)
  • Asiatic Society Endowment lecture 12 Jan 2012 on ‘Faces and phases: archaeometallurgical and art historical insights on south Indian bronzes’, Asiatic Society, Mumbai
  • Co-organiser of British Council supported UKIERI Dissemination seminar Nov 14th-18th 2011 (with S. Ranganathan, G. Juleff), on ‘Pioneering metallurgy’ involving international and national speakers and inaugurated by British Minister for Science and Technology, David Willets.
  • Keynote Address ‘A national workshop on preventive conservation of Manuscripts’ on behalf of National Manuscripts Misson, New Delhi, Government Museum, Chennai, 9th Sept 2011
  • ‘Cosmic Dance of Siva: exploring art, science and dance aspects of Indian sculpture’, In celebration of the re-installation of the Asian Galleries, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA, Sept 2011 (lecture-performance)
  • Diamond Jubilee invited lecture at National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, on ‘Archaeometallurgy: case studies on ferrous metals, bronze and high-tin bronze from Indian antiquity’, April 2011
  • Co-organiser, ‘Sessions and practicals in experimental archaeology’ and ‘Insights into experimental archaeology: lithic technology and archaeometallurgy’, UKIERI supported seminar and workshop at NIAS in collaboration with Exeter University, Feb 23-25th, 2011
  • Chief Guest, National Science Day Celebrations, ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network, 10th March 2010, Lecture on Art and Science
  • ‘Cosmic Dance of Siva’, Homi Bhabha Fellows Conclave, Homi Bhabha Centenary celebrations, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Nov 20th 2009
  • Selected for international La Novela Festival, Toulouse, First Festival of Knowledge as speaker and performer of unique intercontinental, interactive, internet-streamed duet Bangalore and Cite de L’espace, Toulouse, Oct 17th 2009, for La Novela Festival, Toulouse, live-streamed on website of X-Réseau of Théâtre Paris-Villette also supported by Observatoire de Midi-Pyrenees and Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, ISRO and JSW Foundation
  • Co-chair and Co-organiser, International Conference on Beginning of Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA VII), Sept 2009, NIAS
  • Indian Subcontinent Session Chair, World of Iron Conference, Natural History Museum, London, Feb 2009
  • Co-organiser, international seminar on ‘Tangible and intangible heritage of Hampi’, NIAS, in association with Global Heritage and Friends of Hampi, Jan 2009
  • ‘Materials and Culture’, Special presentation, National Metallurgical Day, Nov 14th 2008, Indian Institute of Metals, New Delhi, India Expo Centre.
  • ‘Finger-printing of Bronzes’. International Women’s Association (IWA), Endowment Lecture at Government Museum, Chennai, Aug 2008
  • Co-organiser, Sixth NIAS-DST Training Programme on ‘Multi-Disciplinary perspectives in science and technology’, NIAS, Jul 21-Aug 2, 2008.
  • Co-organiser, Fifth NIAS-DST Training Programme on ‘Multi-Disciplinary perspectives in science and technology’, NIAS, Aug 19-31, 2007.
  • ‘Siva as Cosmic Dancer: Archaeoastronomical studies on the Nataraja bronze’. Royal Academy of Arts, London with exhibition on ‘Chola: Sacred bronzes from Southern India’, Jan 19th 2007
  • ‘Art & Science of Chola bronzes’, Royal Asiatic Society, London, coinciding with the exhibition ‘Chola: Sacred bronzes from southern India’, Feb 6th 2007
  • 'The musical pillars of Hampi', INTACH-Belgium, Leuven, coinciding with the exhibition at BOZAR ‘Tejas: 5000 years of Indian art’, in Brussels, 16th Jan 2007.
  • Organiser, Seminar on ‘Sangam: Poetry-Theatre interactions’ supported by Sahitya Akademi at NIAS, Oct 2007
  • ‘Cosmic Dance of Siva: archaeoastronomical connections in the art of Siva Nataraja’, International Astronautical Federation special event, International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, Sept. 2007
  • Session chair, Sixth international conference of ‘Beginning of Use of Metals and Alloys’ at Beijing, China, Sept 2006

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Selected other invited lectures & events/unpublished seminar or conference presentations

  • Srinivasan, S, 11th April 2014, Lecture-demonstration, ‘Dance and material culture’, Jain University, Material Culture Workshop, NIAS, with ASI.
  • Srinivasan, S., 21-23rd January 2014, Cultural Anthropology of Bronze Casting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • Srinivasan, S., 7th-9th January 2014, Arguing for a role for ‘scientific cultural anthropology’ in contributing to greater ‘societal awareness’ ‘How can liberal arts and sciences help address some of the societal problems within India and promote equity in society’: The Future of Liberal Arts in India, Yale-India Initiative and Raman Research Institute.
  • Srinivasan, S., 9th-11th 2013, December, Cultural and artisanal landscapes: insights from the World heritage zones of Tanjavur and Kumbakonam, Workshop on World Heritage Sites and cultural landscapes, ASI, National Monuments Advisory, India International Centre, New Delhi
  • Srinivasan, S., 29, Nov 2013, Vanishing heritage of Kammalar and Vishwakarma, workshop on Worldview of Viswakarma, Consultative meeting, IGNCA, New Delhi
  • Srinivasan, S., Aug 14th-20th, 2013, Three lectures given as invited expert for international workshop and training programme on ‘Personal Adornment from Pattanam and beyond’, organised by KCHR with British Museum and Pondicherry University:
        -Srinivasan, S. Aug 15th, ‘Indian metal sources and technology’,
        -Srinivasan, S, Aug 18th, ‘Mirrors in Indian antiquity’
        -Srinivasan, S. Aug 19th, ‘Personal adornment and south Indian bronzes’
  • Srinivasan S., (14th December, 2012) “The Dance of Siva: The Nataraja Bronze, Coomaraswamy’s Legacy and Archaeometallurgical and Stylistic Insights”, Bangalore International Centre
  • Srinivasan, S. 1st Oct 2012, ‘Perspectives on Technology in Ancient India’, NIAS-DST course on Multi-disciplinary perspectives in Science and Technology.
  • Srinivasan S., (17th October, 2012) “Old gold and copper workings from Karnataka: Observations from archaeometallurgical field visits of 1990-91”, NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting, Lecture Hall, NIAS
  • Srinivasan S.,(18th October, 2012) “Indian Contribution to Metallurgy”, Seminar on Indian contribution to the world, Kaveri Auditorium, KSOU, Mysore
  • Srinivasan S., (13th September, 2012) 'Metallurgy and materials characterisation of ancient artisans and commercial utilization', organized by Karnataka Council for Science and Technology, Golden Jubilee Seminar Hall, Dept. Of Civil Engineering, IISc
  • Presentation on ‘Telangana archaeomaterials’, S. Srinivasan with S. Ranganathan, Royal Society and DST supported India-UK scientific seminar as collaboration between NIAS and Exeter University on ‘Indian iron and steel – developing interdisciplinary applications in archaeometallurgy and geospatial archaeology’ at Exeter University between 7-9th March 2012 (co-organiser)
  • S Ranganathan, Sharada Srinivasan, K Nagata and M Inaba, Cultural Heritage Science- Examples from Japan and India, India-Taiwan Bilateral Seminar on Technology for Preservation and Restoration of Heritage Artefacts and Architecture Design Taichung, June 2012
  • TITAN,22nd Feb 2012, Invited Talk for TITAN Co-Creation Workshop, Innovation Journey
  • ‘Chola bronzes: Some insights into the development of iconography and religious and social history from technical and archaeometallurgical studies’, Early Indian Art Lectures, Art History Department, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 26th Sept 2011
  • Talks related to ‘Telangana Archaeomaterials’ and ‘Theatre and Art of South Indian bronzes’, June 2011, High level Delegation meet, Exeter University
  • ‘Archaeometallurgical studies on ferrous metal finds from megalithic site of Kadebakele’, for National Geographic Society, (USA), Grant Committee visit to Bangalore Jan 7th 2011.
  • ‘Nataraja: art, science, dance and gender perspectives’, DST-NIAS course on ‘Gender in Science and Technology’, Nov 2010
  • ‘Vijayanagara bronzes: ICT, digital and analytical approaches’, GeoICT PAMC Meeting, Sept, 14th 2010, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, organized by DST.
  • ‘Wrought and quenched high-tin bronzes from south Indian megaliths’, National workshop of Archaeological Sciences, organized by Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, Aug 2010.
  • ‘Archaeometallurgical insights on high-carbon wootz/Damascus steel from southern India', Department of Materials Processing and Tribilogy, Purdue University, May 14th, 2010
  • ‘Art & Science of Chola bronzes’, organized by Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop & TAPSA, University of Chicago, May 13, 2010
  • ‘Dancing Shiva Nataraja: art-science insights’, UC Berkeley, USA, May 6, 2010
  • “Cosmic Dance of Shiva’, Norton Simon Museum, USA, Apr. 30, 2010
  • ‘Wootz steel: pioneering metallurgy from southern India’, CISAC, Stanford, USA, May 3rd 2010
  • ‘Phases and faces: Bronze and high-tin bronze metalware traditions from southern India’, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 4th Feb 2010,
  • ‘Phases and faces: Splendours of South Indian bronzes’, NIAS-DST course on Dimensions of Nanotechnology, NIAS, Bangalore, 15th Dec 2009
  • ‘High-tin bronzes and mirrors: Archaeometallurgical and ethnoarchaeological insights on continuing traditions’, History Panel, Homi Bhabha Fellows Conclave, Homi Bhabha Centenary celebrations, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Nov 20th 2009
  • ‘Report on Dholavira; studies on Harappan archaeometallurgy’, SERC-DST Projects Review, 6th April, NIT, 2008, Raipur.
  • ‘Nataraja bronze: Art, Science & Dance perspectives’ Event for World Heritage Week, Bruhadiswara Temple, Tanjavur, 2008, organized by Tamil Nadu Tourism, Nov, 22, 2008,
  • ‘Communicating Science: the place of traditional knowledge, crafts and arts’, World Academy of Art and Science, General Assembly Sept. 16-19 2008, Hyderabad, supported by UNESCO.
  • ‘Southeast Asian and peninsular Indian statuary: stylistic and technological comparisons’, 12th International conference, European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeology, Leiden,Sept. 2008.
  • ‘Skilled metal craft of delta bronze mirrors at Aranmula, Kerala’, University of Toyoma, Japan, Seminar on Asian high-tin bronzes, July 2008
  • ‘Ancient Indian Metallurgy and Technology’, Symposium on Classical Indian Sciences, Poornapragnya Institute, Feb 2008
  • ‘Poetry, theatre and arts nexus in Tamil and South Indian traditions, National Seminar supported by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi at NIAS on ‘Sangam: Interactions of Poetry and Theatre’, Oct 26th 2007
  • ‘Indian wootz steel’, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, Paris, Feb 2007
  • 'Technology as social construct: Chola bronzes', Nottingham University, UK, 24th Jan 2007
  • ‘Dholavira, Insights from metal analysis’. 19th International Conference on European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, Ravenna, Italy, July 2007
  • 'Lead isotope studies on Jain bronzes’, Symposium on Jain bronzes from Karnataka, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University & National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Feb 3rd, 2007
  • ‘South Indian bronzes: concepts of inner and outer space’, Indian Arts Circle, London, Jan 30 2007
  • ‘Authenticating art objects and metal artifacts: global perspectives.’ Proceedings of conference on ‘Authenticity of Art’ at Government Museum, Chennai, Dec 2006
  • ‘Archaeometallurgical and archaeo-astronomical insights on south Indian bronzes’, International Workshop on Science in Culture, sponsored by UNESCO, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, 23-28 Oct 2006
  • ‘Dance as ritual in negotiations of ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ space: insights from prehistory to present day in south India’ Conference on Change and Stability in Rituals, Heidelberg University, at Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, 11-14th Oct 2006
  • MRSI Medals Lecture: ‘Phases and faces of bronze: archaeometallurgical studies on ancient Indian high-tin bronzes’, Materials Research Society of India-AGM, Feb 12th, 2006, Lucknow
  • ‘Stone architecture and musical pillars of Hampi’, China Conservatory of Music, Beijng, Sept. 2006
  • ‘Dialogue between Science and Religion: A case study of the Hindu Nataraja bronze’, 22nd International Conference of History of Science, Beijing, July 23-28 2005
  • ‘Investigating martial arts swords from Kerala’, International conference on ‘Metallurgy: A touchstone for cross-cultural interactions’ at British Museum, London, April 28-29, 2005
  • ‘Megalithic high-tin bronzes’, National conference on History of Science and Technology, Hyderabad University, Sept 2004
  • ‘Early Historic bronzes and metal artefacts from southern India: technical insights’, National conference on Early Historic Archaeology, CASTEI, Kolkatta, Oct 2003.
  • ‘High-tin bronze vessels and mirrors from south India’, Symposium on Indian contributions to History of Science, MAHE, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, May 2003
  • ‘Aesthetics and Foundations of Science’, seminar on Foundations of Science at NIAS, supported by PHISPC series, Feb 2003
  • ‘Archaeometallurgy of bronzes from South India and Sri Lanka’ Uppsala University, Sweden, Nov 2002 as Visiting Faculty, Dept. of Archaeology, Uppsala University.
  • ‘From temple to mantelpiece: changing paradigms in the art and craft of south Indian metal icons’. Presented at international seminar on ‘South Asian Arts: Past Practice, Living Traditions’ at PRASADA, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, June 2002.
  • ‘Lead isotope analysis on south Indian bronzes’ International Seminar on Proposed Asian Institute of Museology and Culture in Development, organized by UNESCO and Central Cultural fund, Sri Lanka at Habarana (May 2002)
  • ‘Image casting and high-tin bronze traditions in south India’, Presented at international conference on Metals in Antiquity: Founders, Platers and Smiths at Oxford (Sept. 1999)
  • ‘Ethnographic metal working in India’, Research School for Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Nov. 1999
  • ‘Finger-printing and authentication of metal icons’, at C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyer Indological Foundation, Madras/Chennai, Feb 1999
  • ‘Finger-printing south Indian images using lead isotope analysis’, at conference of COST-G1 committee on Ion Bean Analysis in Art and Archaeology, European Commission & University of Oxford (Nov. 1998)
  • ‘High-tin bronzes from south India from prehistory into present day: making of beta bronze vessels and delta bronze mirrors’, at Dept. of Materials Science, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA, Oct. 1998.
  • ‘Aspects of continuity in copper-base metallurgy and finds of bronzes of high tin from Indus Valley into present day southern India”, Presented at conference The Present and Future of Indus Valley Archaeology, held at 27th Annual Conference on South Asia held at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.
  • ‘Authentication and finger-printing of metal artefacts’ at seminar on ‘Authentification of Museum Artefacts’ at National Museum, New Delhi as part of Enduring Image exhibition from British Museum, UK, Dec 1997.
  • ‘Archaeometallurgy of South Indian bronzes’ at Nehru Centre, London and Institute as part of seminars organized by ‘Festival of India’s South’ in UK, June 1996
  • ‘Crucible steel from South India’ at Seminar on ‘Early Production of Steel’, at Institute of Archaeology, University College London, June 1996.
  • ‘High tin mirrors from Kerala’, World Archaeology Congress (WAC-3), New Delhi, 1994.
  • Paper presented as co-author (Srinivasan, Sharada & Sarma, Nataraj.) on ‘History of Measurement and Calibration of Time in Bombay’ for the Eighth International Scientific Instrument Symposium of the Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, London, at Burlington House, Society for Antiquaries, 12-16, Sept. 1988

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Dr Sharada Srinivasan
National Institute of Advanced Studies,
Indian Institute of Science Campus,
Bangalore 560012,
Telephone: 91-80-22185125
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