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The state of Telangana holds the unique position of being the youngest state in India and being one of the oldest sites of human habitation in the country. This region is unique, as it has yielded prolific evidence in almost all cultural stages of human history. Strategically located at the centre of the Indian sub-continent, the region has been a point of interaction of various cultures from near and far. During Early period this region was part and parcel of Maurya Empire and later on ruled by Satavahanas, Vishnukundins, Chalukyas of Badami, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyani and Kakatiyas. In the medieval period Bahmanis, Padma Nayakas, Qutb Shahis and Asafjahis ruled. During the above period tremendous development took place in the fields of art and architecture. Various religious schools viz., Buddhist, Jain and Hindu flourished in the region. In their wake, they paved way for evolution of iconography and religious pantheons in the region. Great strides were made in Coinage. Coins made of gold, silver, copper, potin and lead were minted from this region and they developed to be great source of information for linguistics, art and history. Potter crafts and paintings, mainly Deccani miniatures are the other important art forms emerged from this region.

Tracing Telangana’s historic roots in the above fields is one of the foremost priorities of the Department of Heritage, Government of Telangana and keeping this goal in view the department proposes to conduct a two-day international seminar titled “Telangana Through Ages: Perspectives from Early & Medieval Period.”

This two day seminar endeavors to bring together the scholars whose research is based on Telangana so as to create an environment of learning and discovery whereby future scholars may learn the recent developments in these fields. We extend a warm welcome to you to participate in the seminar by presenting your research paper on the above subject to discover Telangana's vibrant history.

We welcome papers in topics related to:

i)Papers pertaining to early period of social, economic, religious and political history of Telangana region.
ii)Papers pertaining to medieval period of social, economic, religious and political history of Telangana region.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted by 30th November, 2017 to the email address below. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should include the paper's title. Please attach a CV with your proposal. Speakers at the conference will be given 20 minutes to present their papers. Presenters will be informed of their acceptance after a rigorous process of assessment.

In addition to the honorarium, the Department of Archaeology & Museums, Telangana will bear the expenses for both onward and return journey from your city/country of your choice to Hyderabad, and stay at Hyderabad for the duration of the seminar.

Please address abstracts and querries to:
coordinator@telanganamuseums.in / dirtsarch@gmail.com