Category Archives: Cross-border Initiatives

Launch of History for Peace in Islamabad

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Headstart School recently launched History for Peace — a project under the PeaceWorks (an initiative of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts,) umbrella—in Pakistan. Teachers, historians, students, and authors gathered at the event to discuss the prevailing issue of teaching a distorted version of history to students within the subcontinent, especially in Pakistan. Four panelists,…

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The Idea of Nationalism- reflection

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The International Conference on Teaching History 2016-’The Idea of Nationalism’ sought to explore what is arguably the most contested word in recent times—nationalism and bring it into the classroom context. Participants from all over the subcontinent gathered for three days at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Calcutta to discuss and debate, listen and share. This…

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Day three-The Idea of Nationalism

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Keynote address The 1960s: Thinking Beyond Borders Malini Sur Malini Sur is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. In 1964 Karim Naseer was arrested as a spy and deported to East Pakistan. He was a farmer hailing from Assam who lived out the rest of his life…

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Day Two-The Idea of Nationalism

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Keynote Address What the Nation really needs to know about JNU: Dissent, Sedition and the Difference it Makes Janaki Nair Janaki Nair teaches history at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Janaki Nair began her keynote by sharing her experiences of being a part of curriculum and textbook development at the NCERT. NCERT…

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Day one-The Idea of Nationalism

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Keynote address From National Culture to Cultural Nationalism Sadanand Menon Sadanand Menon is adjunct faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, IIT Madras and Presidency University, Kolkata. Sadanand Menon elucidated how the initial idea of national culture morphs into the problematic of cultural nationalism. The idea of nationalism, which precedes the nation itself, constructs itself around…

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