In 2013, the National Geographic Society initiated a five-year annual conference called “Dialogue of Civilizations” to encourage scholarly and public discourse about five ancient, literate civilizations of the world: Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China and Mesoamerica. The conferences attempt to show how the study of the past can inform our present and future.
The first conference in this series was held in Guatemala in 2013, followed by Turkey in 2014 and China in 2015. The fourth dialogue in this series took place in India from 8th to 15th October 2017. IIT Gandhinagar had the privilege of hosting the academic sessions on 10 and 11 October 2017
In attendance were international scholars such as Dr. Chris Thornton, Prof. Aslihan Yener, Prof. Tom Levy, Dr. Anabel Ford, Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, Prof. Monica Smith (all from U.S.A.), Prof. Barbara Helwing, Dr. Anna-Latifa Mourad (both from Australia), Prof. Augusta McMahon, Dr. Renee Friedman (both from UK), Dr. Yukinori Kawae (Japan), and Prof. LI Xinwei (China).
We were privileged to have scholars from India as well. Delegates representing leading organizations such as the ASI, MS University (Baroda), Deccan College (Pune), TIFR (Mumbai), BSIP (Lucknow) and a few more institutions include: Dr. R.S. Bisht, Dr. Amarendra Nath, Dr. S.K. Manjul, Dr. Jitendra Nath, Dr. Bhuvan Vikrama, Prof. S.R. Walimbe, Deccan College, Prof. Vasant Shinde, Deccan College, Prof. Ajit Prasad, Prof. K. Krishan, Prof. R.N. Singh, Prof. Jeevan Kharakwal, Dr. Y.S. Rawat, Dr. K.S. Saraswat, Dr. Nisha Yadav, and Prof Michel Danino