ICHR Seminars & Symposia

Workshop on Historical Research Methodology held from 16 to 22 March 2015, sponsored by ICHR Delhi, in collaboration with the Department of History, Manipur University.

A Seven Day Workshop on Methods of Historical Research, sponsored by ICHR Delhi was held in the Department of History, Manipur University from the 16th to 22nd February 2015. The workshop was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University Prof. H.N.K. Sarma.

The first two lectures on the initial day of the workshop were delivered by Prof. Priyam Goswami. She spoke on the practicalities involved in choosing a research problem. On the second day Prof. Gopinath Ravindran gave two lectures on statistical methodology and role of quantitative factors in history. Prof. Gopinath also facilitated a proper understanding of Historical Demography, a subject which most participants had little knowledge of.

Prof. Ishrat Alam, former Member-Secretary ICHR spoke extensively on history and quantitative analysis, a History of Indian Historiography, Problems in Writing a Research Text in History, Sociology and History and finally Thoughts on Studying History. Prof. D. Nath delivered 2 lectures entitled – Writing Local History – Sources and Methodology on 18-3-2015. The first focused on the scope, origin and necessity of local history whereas the second was on the sources and methodology of local history with emphasis on oral tradition, traditional knowledge systems, etc. it also included discussions on conversion in North East India. Prof. N. Lokendra, Registrar Manipur University spoke on Oral Tradition.

Prof. Biswamoy Pati delivered 2 lectures – one on Marxism as a Historical Method, and the other on the Possibilities of alternative sources in Modern Indian History. In the first lecture he clearly delianated 7 principles which are to be applied if one uses Marxism as a historical method. In the second lecture he focused on the main problems that have arisen during the development of Marxist historiography from Marx’s time onwards, as also the major formulations of Marxist historiography.

Dr. Smita Sehgal delivered a lecture on facts and theory the foundations of Rational Historical Research and what constitutes research, she explained the Tool Box Approach of Historical Techniques as also the format and components of research. Prof. GSL Devra delivered one lecture on Regional History Material and Research. Mr. K.K. Das of History Department, Manipur University kindly consented to give one lecture as Prof. Devra was unable to deliver 2 lectures because of his illness. Lecture theme: Nature of Sources and Historical construction/Reconstruction with special reference to Archaeology in Ancient India.

On the last day Prof. Sajal Nag delivered 2 lectures on Objectivity in History emphasizing the criteria for objectivity and how in fact it emerged. The other lecture was on the Annales School of History, focusing on the contribution of Lucien Fevre and Marc Bloch. Fevre was greatly attracted to the idea of synthetic integrated history whereas Bloch’s work on feudal societies was a sketch work and Historians craft an unfinished manuscript where he described history as a science of man in time. After the lecture was over all the participants went on a study tour of the Kangla Fort at Imphal and the tour of the Battle of Imphal.

Report of Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India held on 2-4th March 2015, Delhi

Seminars & Symposia 2014

The Komagata Maru Incident Lecture

The Komagata Maru Incident Lecture in relation to Indian Labour Migration was held on 22 – 23 November, 2014. Prof. Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata visited Hyderabad to deliver the Komagata Maru Incident Lecture funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India organised by the ICHR in collaboration with the Department of History, Osmania University, Hyderabad at Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad-7.Welcome Address was given by Prof. Y. Sudershan Rao, Chairperson, ICHR. Prof. Gopinath Ravindran, Member Secretary informed about the Komagata Maru Centenary Celebrations & Workshop. The Keynote Address was given by Prof. Amiya Kumar Bagchi, former Chairman of the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata.

The noted documentary film maker Ali Kazmi’s film “Continuous Journey” on the Komagata Maru was screened again at the workshop.

A film on the KomagataMaru, made by Ali Kazmi under the title, ‘Continuous Journey’, was also screened.

As an adjunct to the Seminar, an Exhibition on the Ghadar documents and Photographs (available at the National Archives of India and the Desh-BhagatYadgar, Jalandhar) was organized in the Panjab University Library on 5-7 March.

6-8 March 2014

The International Seminar on the Ghadar Movement turned out to be an extremely rich academic experience. In addition to Professor Irfan Habib’s thought provoking Inaugural address, the Inaugural Session had short but meaningful speeches by Professor Gopinath Ravindran, Professor B.N. Goswamy, Professor J.S. Grewal, and Professor Arun Kumar Grover, the Vice Chancellor of the Panjab University. Professor Indu Banga spoke on the scope and significance of the Seminar and the rationale of inviting speakers from different backgrounds and disciplines (mainly history, political science, sociology, law and Punjabi literature).

In the nine Technical Sessions, eighteen papers were presented. The following distinguished scholar made the presentations: Professors Hirendra Nath Chakrabarti, Ashok Chousalkar, Harish K. Puri, Bhagwan Josh, J.S. Grewal, Sukhdev Singh Sohal, Arun Bandopadhyay, Chaman Lal, Dhanwant Kaur, MalwinderJit Singh Waraich , Dr Shruti Kapila, Dr Maia Ramnath, , Dr Darshan S. Tatla, Dr Karamjit K. Malhotra, and Dr AmritVarsha Gandhi, Dr Benjamin Zachariah, Mr S.P. Singh and Ms Sushmita Mukherjee, Ms Johanna Ogden and Mr Parambir Singh Gill.

Centenary Commemoration of Ghadar Party

On the occasion of the celebration of hundred years of the Ghadar movement in India, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India decided to organise academic programmes relating to the history of the movement and its effect in different parts of India and abroad in 2013-14. ICHR, New Delhi was the nodal centre and had coordinated two seminars in 2014 one in Kolkata and another in Chandigarh.

National Seminar on Revolutionary Nationalism in India

Coordinated by the ICHR jointly with the Department of History, University of Calcutta

Venue- Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities Hall, Alipore campus

7-9 February 2014

This National Seminar was jointly coordinated by Professors Suranjan Das and Arun Bandopadhyay. The contributors to the seminar mostly came from Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal. The inaugural address was delivered by Professor J.S.Grewal and the guest of honour address was delivered by Professor Gopinath Ravindran, Member Secretary, ICHR. Professor Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University delivered the welcome address. The session was chaired by Professor Bharati Ray and vote of thanks was given by Dr.Shantanu Chakraborty, HoD, Department of History, University of Calcutta.

International Seminar at Chandigarh on The Ghadar Movement in the Context of Freedom Struggle in the Punjab

Coordinated by the ICHR jointly with the Institute of Punjab Studies and Department of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh