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A network of educators and members of civil society in the subcontinent

A Talk by Akhila Seshadri- The School, KFI

What do we learn when learning history? What makes for history learning? In the classroom, what specific skills do we wish for the children to learn?    Clearly, we would like them to read, to understand concepts, to make sense of what they learn, to...
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History Not Only Narrates Genocides, it Creates Them Too: Bias and Hate in History Textbook Narratives

This presentation highlights the role of history education (specifically school textbooks) in shaping the ideological fabric of our present and the future and the need for innovation in the way history is taught.  The underlying problem that we’re trying to solve is that of biased...
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A talk by Swaleha Alam Shahzada, Citizen’s Archive of Pakistan

  The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP), formed in 2007, is a non-profit organization based in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, and its primary work is the collection of oral histories. CAP is the first organization in Pakistan to have launched an oral history program in...
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Pakistani Historiography

  I would like to discuss history writing in Pakistan, the different interpretations offered in the history textbooks of Pakistan. Just after Partition, the question for the ruling classes and for the Pakistani state was: How do we interpret the history of this country? There...
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Examining Narratives on South Asian Past in Textbooks of Bangladesh ‘Are textbooks like autobiographies of nations?’

Since we are talking about textbooks and nationalist imaginations and nationalist ideology, I thought about beginning with one of the most obvious historical facts about South Asia—that nation states are a very new occurrence. Historically speaking, both as an idea and as well as historical...
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Communal Identities in the Historiography of Early India: A Preliminary Note

‘In fact, it would be no exaggeration to suggest that the communal interpretation of history has been the main ideology of communalism in India; without it little would be left of communal ideology.’ Bipan Chandra (1984: 209) ‘No conscientious historian should aid the enchainment of...
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Bollywood: Maker or Mirror?

’Bollywood has constructed a cinema that reflects the ...

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The Curriculum and the History Teacher

The school curriculum is required to be changed periodically...

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Teaching Contested Histories

The narratives prescribed in school textbooks are often limi...

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History in a range of schools

Teaching methodologies vary across schools, depending on the...

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