Dr. Sara Keller



Scientific adviser of Darshak Itihas Nidhi
Conference coordinator of 2016 Bharuch Symposium.


Research Laboratory “Orient et Méditerranée”, Paris
Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Nantes, France

Sara Keller is a Building Archaeologist and she specializes in mediaeval architecture of Western India. Her multidisciplinary approach aims to study pre-modern architecture and urban structures as data sources for the study of past socio-cultural environments. She currently coordinates multiple research projects focusing on interculturality, cultural transfers and knowledge networks in Gujarat and the Indian Ocean. Since 2010, she has been conducting surveys and studies on the architectural remains of western Indian port towns for the French Laboratory “Orient et Méditerranée” (Keller & Pearson, Port Towns of Gujarat, 2015). She participated in the creation of a research platform for Heritage at the Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad, the “Maison du Patrimoine“. She recently carried out researches on the French Consulate of Surat, 18th Century, with the support of the French Embassy in India and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes, France.

She is presenting in Bharuch a joint paper with Dr. Fernando Rosa on “Scholars in Gujarat’s Bazaars– Revisiting L’académie ambulante (‘The Roving Academy’)”.

Selected Bibliography

(In publication process) Le Miroir du Gujarât, Etude Archéologique des Monuments Islamiques et Développement urbain d’Ahmedabad (Inde, XVe-XVIIIe siècle), Paris, éd. de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient. 185 p.

(To be published soon in the proceedings of the Istanbul Meeting of the European Association of Archeologists Association, 2014) « The Fort-City of Bharuch. A study case of Indian Islamic port architecture », with Michaël Rakotozonia. 12 p.

2017 « Rythmique architecturale. Les mètres et le vers. Réflexion sur le rôle et les outils de l’architecte muzaffaride dans le Gujarat du sultanat (Inde, XVe –XVIe siècle) ». To be published in late 2017 in Paris: Arts Asiatiques. 24 p.

2016. “Surat: The first steps of the French adventure in India.” in RFIEA (Journal of French Institutes of Advanced Studies), n.14 (2016). p.8-9.

2016. « Bharuch Fort during the pre Sultanate Period ». Boussac, Marie-Françoise, Salles, Jean-François, Yon, Jean-Baptiste, Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean, New Delhi : Primus Books. pp.217-234.

2015. Port Towns of Gujarat, with Michael N. Pearson (eds.), Delhi: Primus Books. 328p.

2015. « Bharuch, the City Fortress ». Sara Keller and Michael N. Pearson (eds.) Port Towns of Gujarat. Delhi: Primus Books, pp. 213-229.