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The Idea of Culture 3, 4, 5 August 2018 Venue: Tollygunge Club 120, Deshapran Sasmal Road, Tollygunge Kolkata, West Bengal 700033 Register today! Click here  Conference Programme This conference is dedicated to the memory of PeaceWorks friend and patron Kozo Yamamura (1934 – 2017) At History for Peace we are preoccupied with how History is…

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From India to Palestine: Speaking Truth to Power

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Teaching a history that is built on a shared past and on conflict is not easy. In the subcontinent we have been grappling with the issue of bias and misrepresentation of facts in history textbooks from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Othering is both blatant and often taught without questioning. Textbooks in Israel and Palestine have…

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Two Stories at Jorabagan

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‘I have two stories for you today, one funny and the other a little serious. Which one do you want to listen to first?’ asked Swara, the volunteer at the Jorabagan police station centre. ‘The funny one!’ the children replied in unison. Swara then told them a story about a father and son who were…

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Telling your own story

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We began the storytelling session at Child Care centre with a free wheeling chat about the girl’s day-to-day lives at the home. Since Sonu—the volunteer there—was visiting after a long exam related break and so was I, we thought this might be a good way to reconnect with the girls. We then did a fun…

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History in the Making

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Addressing educators at the Open House  last year, Professor Romila Thapar spoke about the importance of questioning and ‘being suspicious’ of what one reads and teaches. She also spoke of how she references detective novels, particularly Mrs. Marple, for what is a historian, but a detective? At History in the Making—a workshop on discovering history…

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