Events

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019

    The Idea of the Indian Constitution

    Tollygunge Club

    We live in times when critical thinking and questioning have become crucial. Who really is a citizen; what can this citizen do within their rights; does criticizing the actions of a political individual or party qualify as being anti-national; what then does it mean to be a ‘national’; what does the ‘law of the land’ say; What do ‘Justice’, ‘Liberty’, ‘Equality’, ‘Fraternity’ mean?

    We cordially invite your participation at the fifth annual History for Peace Conference—to discuss, debate and explore ideas with us on how to bring these and all other pertinent issues into history classrooms, yes, but also into political science classrooms, geography classrooms, environmental studies classrooms—in fact into our education system!

    Registration is open now

    More details here. Conference programme to be shared shortly.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Kashmir: An Illustrated talk by Amit Mehra

    6:00 pmb23, maharani bagh (annexe), new Delhi

     

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019
    Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    SHARED HISTORIES

    9 a.m - 5:30 p.mSt Kabir Public School, Chandigarh

     

     

    Is it possible to overcome bias and celebrate our common humanity through the shared culture and heritage of the subcontinent?

    Link to conference programme available here.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Creating Borders, Partitioning Heritage : Indian Archaeology after 1947

    7:00 pmthe seagull space, B23 Maharani Bagh, New Delhi

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Naveen Kishore

    7:00 pm@the seagull space, B23 Maharani Bagh

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Hartosh Singh Bal

    7:00 pmThe Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  • Wed
    06
    Feb
    2019

    Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Naveen Kishore

    6:30 pmEastern Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    Thinking in the Times of Digital Technology

    6:30 pm@ the seagull space.B23 Maharani Bagh [Annexe]

  • Mon
    24
    Sep
    2018

    Writing a Shared History: the pasts of India and Pakistan

    6:00 pmthe seagull space. B23 Maharani Bagh, New Delhi

    Neeladri Bhattacharya, Chief Advisor of the NCERT Textbooks, in conversation with Pallavi Raghavan, Associate Professor of History, Jindal University, and Ali Usman Qasmi, Associate Professor of History, LUMS, on their experience of designing and virtually co-teaching an under graduate course to students in India and Pakistan.

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018

    Reading Partition Literature from the Subcontinent

    6:00 pmThe Seagull Space

    A Daak and History for Peace initiative

    The partition was a momentous occasion, both politically and emotionally, for people of all faiths and social standing. From poets to politicians, the great thinkers on both sides of the border expressed the pain of separation and starting a new life amidst a landscape of violence, loss and nostalgia.

    On the 72nd anniversary of the Partition, we bring you an evening of some prose and poetry to commemorate the event by reliving memories handed down to us in text.

    Venue: The Seagull Space, Maharani Bagh [Annexe]

     

     

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    The Many Lives of Aurangzeb

    7:00 pmStein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    An illustrated lecture by Audrey Truschke

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018

    Contemporary Views on Cultures of the 2nd Millenium AD

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Seagull Space

    In conversation: Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Audrey Truschke

    at The Seagull Space

    23B, Maharani Bagh [ Annexe]

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    A History for Peace event

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    The Idea of Culture

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tollygunge Club, Calcutta

    The Idea of Culture: the fourth annual International Conference on Teaching History

    At History for Peace we are preoccupied with how History is being taught to our future generation—because history is a way of understanding the world around us. It is also a way of understanding the world in us. History, unfortunately, is also a way to create tension. Textbooks, Media, Social media, Films, Literature—all of these are vehicles of historical narratives that can be true to transmitting knowledge down generations and at the same time prone to manipulation and misrepresentations.

    At this year’s annual History for Peace conference we will explore The idea of culture with Romila Thapar and Audrey Truschke; understand the politics of representation; deconstruct textbooks with textbook writers and participate in hands on pedagogical workshops based on the concept of archives that open up the idea of material evidence used to imagine history.

    Dates: 3, 4, 5 August 2018

    Details of Venue:

    Tollygunge Club

    120, Deshapran Sasmal Road

    Tollygunge, Kolkata

    West Bengal-700033

    Participation fees: Rs 2,400 per participant for all three days.

    Conference brochure

    Registration

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018
    Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018

    1971 in Classrooms

    Chowringhee High School and Modern High School for Girls

     

     

    1971 in Classrooms is a series of conversations between Pakistani author, educationist and development professional Anam Zakaria and high school students in Calcutta.

    Read the reports here:

    Chowringhee High School 

    Modern High School for Girls

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    From India to Palestine: Speaking Truth to Power

    4:00 pmModern Academy of Continuing Education

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    Modern Academy of Continuing Education and History for Peace present:
    From India to Palestine: Speaking Truth to Power

    In India, majoritarian attempts to deny our freedoms of expression and dissent have been met with resistance over decades. Yet today we see retaliation to dissent as never before.

    For Palestinians, whose fundamental rights to life and liberty are denied by the Israeli state machinery, voicing their resistance in the face of mounting violence is definitive of what they often assert: to exist is to resist.

    A platform to exchange ideas and thoughts from India and Palestine on building resistance and defending the right to freedom of expression in the face of intolerance is the beginning of shared journey.

    Mahmoud Nawaja'a, General Coordinator of the Palestinian National Committee for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, will talk about defending fundamental freedoms in a way that is creative and lasting and share with us his experiences of organizing grassroots struggles in Palestine.

    For the full report, click here.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    History in the Making

    11:00 amChaitanya Library

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    Hamdasti and History for Peace present:

    History in the Making: A workshop on discovering history through daily objects.

    This workshop is a part of Tales of Chitpur—The Chitpur Local Art Festival.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Secure the Base | New Delhi

    7:00 pmThe Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre

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    ILF Samanvay Translations Series- 2018
    in collaboration with Seagull Books

    Secure the Base | New Delhi

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
    Award-winning Kenyan author
    in conversation with
    Githa Hariharan
    Author and editor

    Entry is free.

     

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    Secure the Base | Bangalore

    6:30 pmThe Jamun

     

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    The Jamun, Jacaranda Literary Agency and Seagull Books present

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    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
    Award-winning Kenyan author

    in conversation with

    Karthika VK
    Publisher, Westland Publications Private Limited

    Saturday, 17 February 2018, 6.30 p.m.
    at The Jamun, 521, 2nd Main, 3rd Block
    RMV Extension 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560094

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Secure the Base | Calcutta

    6:00 pmVictoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta

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    Victoria Memorial Hall and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts present
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    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

    in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande

    Wednesday, 14 February 2018
    6 p.m.
    Eastern Quadrangle, Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta

    ALL ARE WELCOME

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is one of the leading African writers and scholars at work today, he is the author of many novels, short stories, essays, a memoir, and several plays. For more than sixty years, he has been writing fearlessly the questions, challenges, histories, and futures of Africans, particularly those of his homeland, Kenya. In his work, which has included plays, novels, and essays, Ngugi narrates the injustice of colonial violence and the dictatorial betrayal of decolonization, the fight for freedom and subsequent incarceration, and the aspiration toward economic equality in the face of gross inequality.

    Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch and editor with LeftWord Books. He is involved in the running of Studio Safdar and May Day Bookstore in Delhi. He has led workshops all over the country, in Palestine, South Africa and in Europe.

    Entry from East Gate only (opposite St.Paul's Cathedral)
    Cars not allowed inside the premises. Golf carts will be available at the East Gate for elderly guests.

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Where the Bird Disappeared

    11:00 amThe Seagull Foundation for the Arts

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    Ghassan Zaqtan in Calcutta.

    An interactive session with Palestinian poet, novelist, editor and playwright Ghassan Zaqtan and translator Samuel Wilder.
    Wednesday, 7 February 2018
    11 a.m.
    The Seagull Foundation for the Arts
    36C, S.P Mukherjee Road
    Calcutta 700025

    ALL ARE WELCOME

    Ghassan Zaqtan is a Palestinian poet, novelist, editor and playwright.

    Samuel Wilder is a translator of Arabic literature, a writer and a student of comparative poetics. His recent translations include Zaqtan's 'Describing the Past' (2016) and 'Where the Bird Disappeared' (2018), both for Seagull Books.

  • Sun
    24
    Dec
    2017

    Open House with Romila Thapar

    10:30 amThe Seagull Foundation for the Arts

     

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    History for Peace presents:

    Open House with Romila Thapar

    Romila Thapar in conversation with Devi Kar and Anjum Katyal followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

    Date: Sunday, 24 December, 2017

    Venue: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts
    36C, S. P Mukherjee Road
    Kolkata- 700025
    (Near Bhowanipore police station)

    Time: 10.30 a.m.- 12.30 p.m.

    For the full report, click here.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    The Idea of India | Bangalore

    8.30 a.m.- 3 p.m.Vidyashilp Academy

    This year, as we complete 70 years of Independence, the History for Peace annual conference, held in Calcutta from 14 to 17 August 2017, looked at India’s engagement or its lack thereof with institutionalized, collective and individual histories that make up the ‘Idea of India’. The many scholars, arts practitioners and intellectuals sharing their views on the subject included Prof Romila Thapar, Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Prof Krishna Kumar, Prof Vijay Prashad, Sudhanva Deshpande and Ravish Kumar, to name just a few.

    We are pleased to carry the conversations further in Bangalore with a conference organized in association with Vidyashilp Academy.

    The speakers at the conference include:

    Geetha Narayanan

    Padma Sarangpani

    Anam Zakaria

    Manosh Chowdhury

    Naeem Mohaiemen

    Arundhati Ghosh

    Komita Dhanda

    T. Sanathanan

    Abeer Gupta

    For more details click here.

    For the conference brochure, click here.

     

  • Mon
    18
    Sep
    2017

    Conference to Classroom-Chapter 1

    3:30 pmModern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE)

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    We have recently concluded the highly successful third conference, The Idea of India, which was held on 14, 15, 16 and 17 August 2017.
    Engaging further with the valuable discussions, thoughts and ideas that were shared at the conference, we plan to organise a series of workshops that explore ways of incorporating these into the practice of teaching history. The first in the series ‘Conference to Classroom', was organised in association with Modern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE) and facilitated by educators from Modern High School for Girls— Ms. S. Saha, Ms. A. Sen, Ms. C. De Bakshi, Ms. S. Biswas and Ms. S. Chatterjee—based on sessions they attended at the conference.

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    A series of History for Peace workshops

    Date: Monday, 18 September 2017

    Venue: Modern Academy for Continuing Education (MACE)

    4th Floor

    78, Syed Amir Ali Avenue

    Kolkata- 19

    Time: 3.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.

    Click here for the full report.

     

  • Mon
    14
    Aug
    2017
    Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017

    The Idea of India

    Tollygunge Club, Calcutta

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    'The Idea of India'—An International Conference on Teaching History

    The third International Conference on Teaching History was held at the Tollygunge Club on 15, 16 and 17 August 2017, with the opening session, at ICCR Calcutta on the evening of 14 August.

    The opening session—a conversation between Romila Thapar and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak—a public event, saw an attendance of over 400 people.

    Speakers at the conference, which had participants from all over the country, included Romila Thapar, Krishna Kumar, Sudhanva Deshpande, T. Sanathanan, Hari Vasudevan, Shireen Maswood, Vijay Prashad, Jerry Pinto and many more. Discussions on what shapes our idea of India, curriculum, textbooks, art, literature and photography took place over the three days.

    Opening session report

    Day One report

    Day Two report

    Day Three report

     

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Workshop on Media Literacy

    The Seagull Foundation for the Arts

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    The workshop on Media Literacy was held on 28 April at The Seagull Foundation for the Arts. The workshop, facilitated by Joyeeta Dey, saw participation from educators and students.

    The workshop included discussions on how to differentiate fake news from authentic news, suggestions of ways to implement critical thinking about these issues in the classroom scenario and conversations with journalists.

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Launch of History for Peace—Islamabad

    Headstart School, Kuri Campus

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    The History for Peace project was launched at the Headstart School, Kuri Campus, Islamabad. The panelists for the talk were: Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Salma Malik, Anam Zakaria and Safeer U. Khan. Jahandad Khan from United States Institute of Peace moderated the panel discussion.

    The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session. Over 70 participants attended the launch.

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016

    Teaching Contested Histories

    Teachers Centre, Loreto College, Calcutta

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    Teachers Centre & History for Peace present

    Teaching Contested Histories—Cross- Border Perspectives

    A workshop that functioned as an inclusive discussion and brainstorming session on how to teach controversial historical events in the classroom. The narratives prescribed in school textbooks are often limiting and one-sided, especially when it comes to crucial nation-building events (such as Partition). The challenge of going beyond the books and adding depth and nuance to the student's understanding of history is what this session tackled. Facilitated by Meher Ali, the session looked at the different ways these trans-national events are written and taught on the different sides of the border (how Pakistan writes the history of Partition, for example, or how Bangladesh textbooks presents the history of the 1971 independence war) to identify the points of historical bias. The workshop then shared and considered different ways to present a multi-faceted and critical understanding of those histories, within the limits of school curriculums and syllabi (through creative class projects, for example).

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016

    The Idea of Nationalism

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Harrington Street Arts Centre

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    'The Idea of Nationalism'- An International Conference on Teaching History is the second annual History for Peace conference. The programme, hosted by PeaceWorks, was held on 10,11 and 12 November 2016 at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Calcutta. Speakers included Sadanand Menon, Prof Janaki Nair, Prof Anil Sethi, Jerry Pinto, Rajni Bakshi, Malik Sajad and Deepa Sreenivas. The conference reached out to educators from all over India and the subcontinent and addressed one of the most contested ideas of this century-Nationalism.

    For a full report click here.

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
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    13
    Nov
    2016

    Study Visit- Euroclio ambassador visits Calcutta

    Calcutta

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    PeaceWorks hosted Catharina (Ineke) Veldhuis-Meester, Euroclio Ambassador and former Professor, Groningen University from 6 November to 13 November as part of a study visit which included the International Conference on Teaching History from 10 – 12 November 2016.

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016

    Understanding 1971-an interactive session for high school students

    The Seagull Foundation for the Arts

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    This workshop, conducted by Meher Ali was for high school students from Lakshmipat Singhania Academy and Modern High School for Girls.

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016

    Recognising Bias

    The Seagull Foundation for the Arts

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    The workshop on Recognising Bias saw twenty- three educators and college students get together for a day to discuss issues of linguistic bias and the reasons why background voices in our heads often prevent us from really being open and free individuals.

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2016

    On translating Baluta

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    The second talk as a part of the History for Peace project explored themes of identity, learning to live with difference, and bringing these topics into the classroom. Jerry Pinto based the talk on his translation of Baluta, by Daya Pawar.

    Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai based author and journalist.

    Click here for the complete report

  • Tue
    12
    Jan
    2016

    History and History teaching

    Vidyashilp Academy, Bengaluru

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    This workshop was conducted by Meena Malhotra for forty teachers at the Vidyashilp Academy, Bangalore.

    Click here for the complete report.

  • Sat
    19
    Dec
    2015

    A missing General, a trusted jeep, and submerged narratives of 1971

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    The first event as part of the History for Peace project was a talk by Naeem Mohaiemen ‘ A missing General, a trusted jeep, and submerged narratives of 1971’.

    Naeem Mohaiemen is a historian and visual artist working in Dhaka and New York. He uses film, photography, mixed media sculptures, and essays to research borders, wars, and belonging within Bangladesh’s two postcolonial markers (1947 and 1971).

    Click here for the complete report.

     

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