‘History’ is generally underscored as a discipline buried in the imageries of the past and is insignificant for contemporary Indian society. This is in deep contrast to the existing socio-political reality in India where debates on history and archaeology form an essential tool for claims and counter-claims of one ideology over the other. In the early part of this decade, debate on removal of NCERT textbooks evoked intense debates among historians and the state. Recent judgment of the Allahabad High Court on Ayodhya title suit has once again brought debates on history and archaeology to the forefront.
Thus the emerging challenges of subjective judicial pronouncements and narrow political ideologies faced by social sciences in India necessitates the development of innovative frameworks of understanding history as a significant discipline of comprehending social change. This primarily requires the establishment of such frameworks of significance and pedagogy which can play an important role in this exercise. There is also an urgent need to rescue the discipline from claims of subjective imagery and establish the scientific foundation of history writing.
It is in this light that this workshop is being organized for the benefit of schoolteachers who are major instruments for evolving a crucial pedagogy of history at the primary and secondary level. This two-day workshop on ‘Teaching History’ will focus on the following mentioned themes;
2.Locating Ancient India in Contemporary Imagination
3.Contextualizing Frameworks of Medieval India
4.Understanding Modern India
5.Significance of Archaeology
6.Architecture as a Landscape of History
7.Linkages between the World and the Local
8.Exploring Modern Pedagogical Practices
Special sessions for 'film screening and discussion' will be organized to appreciate the use of modern pedagogical techniques. This Workshop is being organized through University Grants Commission (UGC) scheme ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ granted to the Institute for 2010-11.
Interested participants should send one page TEACHING STATEMENT of around 500 words highlighting their interests in history to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. A Workshop registration fee of Rs.100 applies to all the participants. Outstation participants will be provided clean and comfortable accommodation in Amritsar on prior request.
Department of History,
DAV COllege, Amritsar- 143006
Phone: +91- 9501025923 Email: email@example.com
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