The Columbia Global Humanities Project

President's Global Innovation Fund
Columbia Global Centers | South Asia

One of the most striking and disturbing developments in academe in the past fifty years is the endangerment of the world’s humanities knowledge base.

Principal Investigator

Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies

One of the most striking and disturbing developments in academe in the past fifty years is the endangerment of the world’s humanities knowledge base.

While the crisis is far from unknown in the US, it is acute across the global south (with the striking exception of China and Taiwan), where the loss of humanities knowledge bears comparison with the loss of biological diversity.

The Columbia Global Humanities Project is an attempt to initiate an informed and goal-directed conversation on this problem by assembling a group of scholars and administrators from Africa, the Arab world, South Asia, and China/Taiwan, for a two-day conference at the Mumbai Center. The goal is to assess the state of the humanities in the different regions; share thoughts about causes and prospects; and determine whether—and if so, under what modalities—to seek funding for a larger, sustainable initiative aiming at real-world outcomes in the regions concerned.

Video

Lecture: Professor Sheldon Pollock

Professor Sheldon Pollock spoke in Mumbai on the question "What is Indian Knowledge Good For?" as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of Columbia Global Centers | South Asia.

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