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Dialogue of Civilizations – IV to open on Sunday

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Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate the ‘4th Dialogue of Civilizations’ here today.
 
Jointly organised by the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture and National Geographic, the theme of the week-long conference is “Technology and Civilization”.
 
Culture Secretary Rashmi Verma will preside over the function. The inaugural function of the Dialogue will be followed by academic sessions at Ahmedabad and Dholavira and the final dialogue will take place at the important Harappan centre of Dholavira in the Rann of Kachchh.
 
The inaugural function will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr B.R. Mani, Director General, National Museum. The participants will be Prof. B.B. Lal (Harappa), Dr Fransisco Estrada-Belli (Maya), Prof. Augusta McMohan (Mesopotamian), Dr Anna Latifa Mourad (Egyptian) and Dr Xinwei Li (China).
 
International scholars will include Barbara Helwing, Li Liu, Renee Friedman, Asl?han Yener, Anabel Ford, Augusta McMahon, Xinwei Li, Monica Smith, Chase Harrison, Yukinori Kawae, Thomas E. Levy and Francisco Estrada-Belli.
 
In 2013, the National Geographic Society initiated a five-year annual conference called “The Dialogue of Civilizations,” to encourage scholarly and public discourse about the five ancient, literate civilizations of the world (i.e., Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China, and Mesoamerica) and how the study of the past can inform the present and the future.
 
The first conference of this series was inaugurated in Guatemala in 2013, followed by Turkey in 2014 and in China in 2015. The fourth dialogue in this series was scheduled to be held in October 2016. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the event was shifted to October 2017.
 
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