The New World of Ancient India


Sanjukta Datta

Course Dates

31st May to 10th June


M, Th, F – 5 to 7pm


6 Hours/Week


INR 12,000


28th May, 2021

Pre-college courses to explore specific disciplines

3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays

India's best faculty, amazing peers & learning support

Completion certificate from ashoka university

About The Course

What defines the oldest period in the history of the Indian subcontinent: the grandeur of the well-planned cities of the Harappan Civilization? The bureaucratic apparatus of the Maurya and Gupta empires? The robust exchange of men and material across the maritime networks of the Indian Ocean? The trans-regional renown of Buddhist centres of learning at Taxila and Nalanda? Ancient India is all this but much more. This course offers a tantalizing glimpse of new vistas that have opened up in recent decades in the study of India’s ancient past. From the beginning of writing to the decline of Buddhism, it brings to the fore several exciting nuggets about how ancient Indians lived and thought. The New World of Ancient India demonstrates that the historian’s craft involves something old, something new.

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    Sanjukta Datta

    Ph.D. University of Delhi

    Sanjukta Datta is Assistant Professor of History at Ashoka University. She has previously taught at Gargi College and St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

    A student of ancient Indian history, she works with epigraphic sources. Her research interests focus on kingship, patronage, Buddhist networks and documentary culture. Archaeology is another area of her enquiry and she has participated in excavations of the Archaeological Survey of India and has edited some of the organization’s publications. Some of Datta’s recent and forthcoming publications appear in journals and edited volumes. Having completed her BA (Honours) in History from St. Stephen’s College, she obtained her MA, MPhil and PhD from University of Delhi.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Nishtha Gosewade

    Teaching Assistant

    Nishtha Gosewade
    Nishtha is a second year student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Major in History and International Relations at Ashoka University. Her research interests lie in archaeology and urbanism as well as gender studies. She also heads the Social Media team for a student run collective,Millennials for Environment which works towards spreading climate awareness and environmental activism and works in the Media Team for the Ashoka Society for International Affairs. In her free time she likes to engage with art in various forms and read mystery novels.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.