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REMEMBERING 1857
Jamia Millia, New Delhi, 13th-14th December 2007
A conference co-organised with the University of Edinburgh

Thursday 13 December - Conference Venue: Edward Said Hall, followed by Yasser Arafat hall, Administrative Complex, JMI

9.00 am - 9.30 am Formal conference registration and tea/coffee.

9.30 am: Welcome and Plenary Address: (Professor Mushirul Hasan, V-C, Jamia Millia Islamia)

10.30 am - 12.45 pm Panel 1: Narratives of 1857
[Chair: Professor Suranjan Das]

Ira Bhattacharya [Kolkata] - 'Besieged in Common: Sharing of Narratives of 1857 as Retold by British Men and Women of the Time'

Chhanda Chatterjee [Viswa Bharati University] - 'Contextualising Truth: Deconstructing the Poet Khazan Singh's Account of the War of Delhi, 1857'

Farhat Nasreen [Jamia Millia Islamia] - Kashful Baghawat (by Shah Ahmad Ali): an account of the mutiny of 1857 in Gorakhpur.

Rakshanda Jalil [Jamia Millia Islamia] - 1857 as reflected in contemporary Urdu Poetry

12.45-1.30pm - Lunch

1.30 pm - 6.-00 pm Panel 2: 1857 - Marginal Histories [with break for coffee] [Chair+Discussants: Dr .Veena Naregal and Dr. Charu Gupta]

Sarmistha De [West Bengal Archives] - 'Marginal Whites and the Great Uprising of 1857'

Girija Pande [University of Kumaon] - 'From Earl Warwick's Country to the Country of Rebels: Reflections of Mutiny in the Mountains'

Nihar Patnaik [Govt. College, Puri] - 'The involvement of the tribals (adivasis) in the Indian uprising of 1857 with a special reference to Orissa'

Amaresh Misra [Mumbai] - Roots of Peasant Turbulence: Tenure Structures and 1857

Ananda Bhattacharya [West Bengal State Archives] - '1857 in Bengal'

Badri Narayan Tiwari [Allahabad University] - 'Kunjara, Kasai, Julaha, Nai: the role of Dalits in 1857'

Evening - 6.30 - Reception and Dinner at the Vice-Chancellors Lodge

Friday 14th December- Conference Venue: Yasser Arafat hall Administrative Complex, JMI

9.30 am - 12.30 Panel 3: 1857: State, Nation and War
[Chair+Discussants: Professor R Gopinath, JMI]

Mushirul Hasan [Jamia Millia Islamia] - TBA

Sabyasachi Dasgupta [NML, New Delhi] - 'The Purbaiya Soldier and his multiple existences: the loyal Bombay sepoy and his rebellious Bengal cousin

Mahmood Farooqi - The Law and Control in Delhi in 1857

Gautam Chakravarty [University of Delhi] - '1857 and the small war theory'

Salahuddin Malik [State Univ. of New York, Brockport, N.Y., USA] - 'British Public Perceptions of 1857'

12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm Panel 4: 1857 - Memory and Legacy
[Chair+Discussant: Mridala Mukherji, Director NMML]

S.M. Azizuddin Husain & Taiyaba Munawar [Jamia Millia Islamia] - 'Monuments of Delhi and adjoining towns demolished by British Army in 1857

Naeem Qureshi [Qaid e Azam University] - 'What Really Happened in 1857?'A Synthesis of the Pakistani Perspectives on the Uprising in Urdu Literature

Michael Fisher [Oberlin College, USA] - The Multiple Meanings of 1857 for Indians in Britain

Crispin Bates & Marina Carter [Edinburgh University, UK] - 'Commemorating 1857 - A British Dilemma'

3.30 pm - 3.45 pm Coffee

3.45 pm - 5.45 pm Panel 5: Reporting and Teaching of 1857
[Chair+Discussants: Prof. Sudhir Chandra and Mukul Kesavan, JMI]

Ahmad Kamal [Dhaka University] - 'Marx and Engels on 1857 Rebellion in British India'

Syed Minhaj ul-Hassan [University of Peshawar] - 'The War of 1857 as Perceived and taught in Pakistan'

Anil Sethi [NCERT, New Delhi] - 'The manner in which 1857 is taught in Pakistani (and Indian?) schools'

CLOSING REMARKS - Dr. Crispin Bates and Professor Mushirul Hasan

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