TM 1 Internal Workshop
Professional and Popular Histories: The Politics of Recognition

Date: 18 – 19 April 2016
Location: CSDS New Delhi

The first two-day workshop of TM 1 (History as a Political Category) was organised in close collaboration with module members from the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS, Delhi) and Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC). The workshop held on April 18/19th 2016 at CSDS brought together 12 international scholars with a research interest in ‘Academic and Popular Histories’ and ‘History and the Politics of Recognition’, including one of the ICAS:MP TM 1 fellows. The workshop also prepared some outcomes for the subtopics of ‘Caste and Communities’ and  ‘Textbooks as a site of history’.

presentations and debates during the workshop       Programme (pdf)

After the introduction by Andreas Gestrich (GHIL and Module Coordinator of TM 1), the first panel focused on ‘Professional and Popular Histories’. This included a presentation by Indra Sengupta (GHIL) providing descriptions about travel guide books, local histories and monuments in Eastern India. William Carruthers (ICAS:MP – Fellow) paper on Archaeology, Naseer’s Egypt and the Making of the Post-1945 World. The theme of popular histories was then further elaborated by Shail Mayaram (CSDS, Delhi) concentrating on landscaping history, based on a case study of Hindutva Hermeneutics. A detailed discussion on the first half of this panel was steered by Tapati Guha Thakurta (CSSSC, Kolkata). Later on, Lutz Raphael and Benjamin Zachariah (both University of Trier) provided an overview about the Leibniz Research Group on Comparative History of Modern Historiography. Th latter particularly analysed the Historiography of India since 1960.

On the second day, Lakshmi Subramanian (CSSSC) introduced the ICAS:MP’s core project ‘The Archive of the Political’. This was followed by the second panel, focusing on History and the Politics of Recognition. Presentations included Neeladri Bhattacharya (JNU, New Delhi) tracing the history textbook controversies and the politics of recognition. An important aspect of caste and communities with regard to the politics of recognition was depicted by Satendar Kumar (CSDS, Delhi). The findings of the workshop were summed up during the closing session by Andreas Gestrich. The closing session also included discussions on the general dimensions of the topic, theoretical approaches – connections to overall topic of  ‘History as a political category’ and ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’.al Category) and a few invited guest from India and abroad.