Category Archives: History for Peace

1971 in Classrooms | Modern High School for Girls

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‘Have you ever met or spoken to anyone from Pakistan?’ ‘Yes!’ ‘So, what comes to mind when you think about Pakistan?’ ‘Jinnah!’ ‘The flag!’ ‘A sudden patriotism during cricket matches!’ ‘What comes to mind when you think about Bangladesh?’  ‘Bangal and Ghoti!’  ‘Cultural difference!’  ‘Ilish!’  ‘You really have to explain that to me,’ said a…

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1971 in Classrooms | Chowringhee High School

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‘What are your thoughts about Pakistan?’ Anam asked the assembled students. There was only a brief hesitation, before one of them piped up. ‘Cricket! ’ The conversation between Anam Zakaria, author and educationist and eleven students from Chowringhee High School (classes 9 and 10) and two of their teachers took place on 30 June. ‘What…

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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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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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