Royal Asiatic Society, London, July 27th 2007

Workshop on Historiography, pedagogy and future histories of 1857

9.45 am - Welcome

10am - 12.30 am:  V.D. Savarkar and the Historiography of 1857

Chair: Gyanendra Pandey (Emory University)

Bhagwan Josh (Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University) - V.D.Savarkar's “ The Indian War Of Independence”: The First Nationalist Re-Construction of 1857 

John Pincince (Loyola University, Chicago) - V.D. Savarkar and the Indian War of Independence: contrasting perspectives on an emerging composite state

Vinayak Chaturvedi (University of California, Irvine) - 'Long Live the Book, The Book Is Dead!': the life of V.D. Savarkar's The Indian War of Independence

12.30 - 1.30 pm: LUNCH

1.30 - 3.30:  Historiography of 1857 (contd.)

Rajat Ray (Vishva Bharati University) with Nupur Chaudhuri (Presidency College, Calcutta) - 1857: A Historiography

Gautam Bhadra (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta) - How to write a patriotic history of the Rebellion of 1857? Rajanikanta Gupta's 'Sipahi Juddher Itihas' and Multiple faces of loyalty, anxiety and dissatisfaction

3.30-3.45pm: tea/coffee

3.45 - 5.30: The Teaching of 1857 - future perspectives

Chair: David Arnold (University of Warwick)

Contributors: Michael Fisher (Oberlin University), Neil Rogall (City and Islington College) and others

6pm : Public Lecture (chaired by Francis Robinson)

Mushirul Hasan (Vice-chancellor, Jamia Milia University) -  1857: The Other Face of the "War of Independence"

Followed by Reception

Whilst attendance at the Workshop is restricted and on an invitation-only basis (for reasons of space), the Public Lecture is free and open to all including the public and RAS members alike. Numbers though are limited, so please contact Alison Ohta <ao@royalasiaticsociety.org> or Avril Powell <ap5@soas.ac.uk> in advance.

Workshop Organisers:
Crispin Bates (Edinburgh) <crispin.bates@ed.ac.uk> mobile 07713 251 840
and Avril Powell (SOAS) <ap5@soas.ac.uk>

Venue: The Royal Asiatic Society,
14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD, UK
Tel: 020 73884539
Friday July 27th 2007, from 9.45 am