Hemanth Kadambi | Department of History


Assistant Professor, Archaeology
Department of History
Center for Archaeology, Heritage & Museum Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
E 332, Shiv Nadar University
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Educational Qualifications 
Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA
Teaching & Research Interests: 


I teach courses such as 'Introduction to Archaeoology', 'Field Methods in Archaeology' , 'Temples, tombs and warriors: a comparative archaeology of China and India', 'Archaeology of Landscapes'

Conferences (Select): 
  • ‘Pastoralism, archaeology and religion in the southern Deccan: contextual understanding of Early Chalukya landscapes (c. 550-750 CE)’, paper presented at the 48th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (Oct. 19th, 2019)
  • 'Archaeology and Archives', round table discussion on the 'Idea of the Archive'. Shiv Nadar University Conference, India International Center, New Delhi, India (2019)
  • ‘Archaeology of Identity: Early Chalukya Landscapes’. At the D.S. Achuta Rao National Conference on Ancient India: identity, Boundaries, Cultural Practices. Organized jointly by Manipal Center for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and Prof. D.S. Achuta Rao Centenary Programme Advisory Board, Karnataka, India (2017).
  • ‘Constituting Early Chalukyan identity: inscriptions and architecture in early medieval South India’, at the 42nd Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).
  • ‘Constituting royal-dynastic identity in South India: negotiations in a sacred landscape’, at the Society of American Archaeology, Hawaii, USA (2013).
  • ‘Water’ and ‘Stone’ in understanding religious identity during the reign of the Badami Chalukyas, paper presented at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2012). 
  • ‘Spatial configurations in the religious landscape of the Chalukyas of Badami’, paper presented at the conference titled ‘Monastery, Mosque and Temple: Jains, Muslims and Hindus in Medieval Deccan (ca. 700-1700 AD), Dept. of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2012).

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters

Book (Edited)

·         Ancient India: identities, boundaries and cultural practices. Edited by Hemanth Kadambi and D.A. Prasanna. Manipal: Manipal Universal Press. (June 2019)