The Idea of Justice

It’s that time of the year! Annual History for Peace conference is here!!

The idea of justice is a fundamental concept that has been debated and discussed by philosophers, legal scholars, and ordinary people for centuries.

Like a homonym, justice means different things to different individuals. Social Justice, Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice, Procedural Justice, Distributive Justice, Divine Justice—a necessity for social order and individual happiness; a ‘virtue’ or ‘moral duty’; a ‘fairness’ to protect individual rights and freedoms and social and economic equities or the ‘capabilities approach’ based on individual abilities to achieve goals and aspirations—the idea of justice—the most fundamental of all human values—is a complex and ongoing conversation, as different groups and individuals continue to debate what it means to be fair and just in different contexts and situations.

From racial and economic inequality to environmental injustice, our young are growing up in a complex and challenging world. It is our responsibility to help them understand these issues and to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to become active and engaged citizens.

The annual History for Peace conference this year engages with the idea of justice, and injustice, to empower educators to explore this very complex yet pertinent issue of today’s world in their classrooms.

Speakers: Romila Thapar, Krishna Kumar, Apoorvanand, Meenakshi Gopinath, Ranjit Hoskote, Naveen Kishore, Rustom Bharucha, Suraj Gogoi. Shahrukh Alam, Anjum Katyal, Schools of Equality, Shivangi Jaiswal.

To be confirmed: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak [Keynote], & others.


Emami Art, in collaboration with Chatterjee & Lal, presents


An exhibition of photographs by Naveen Kishore

April 28 – June 25 2023. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Kolkata Centre for Creativity
777 Anandapur, EM Bypass, Calcutta 700100

The exhibition showcases four bodies of work by Kishore: Performing the Goddess, The Greenroom of the Goddess, The Epic and the Elusive and the eponymous series In a Cannibal Time.

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