South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. Monuments have been created, destroyed and rescued by competing
communities and incoming empires in the making and re-making of history, identity and memory.
This collection brings together
an international cohort of senior scholars and younger researchers to examine the vast diversity of monuments (and conceptions
of monuments) in South Asia from the 1850s to the present. The chapters investigate what constitutes a monument, and interrogate
the conditions for its survival, demise or recycling. To explore the afterlives of monuments is to investigate how, where,
when, and why monuments have been remodelled, re-sited, destroyed, defaced, or abandoned. It is to investigate the theories
of memory, history and community, as well as new forms of artistic practice and global media. As different South-Asian communities
claim a stake in the making of national, religious, cultural and local identities and histories, the status of monuments and
debates about cultural memory have become increasingly urgent.