The centenary of the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, also known as Amritsar massacre, occurs at a particularly challenging time in the history of independent India when history is being rewritten and reconstituted from different vantage points, sometimes with ideological biases and sometimes with the intent of foregrounding ‘the forgotten’.
This conference is an attempt to inquire into the ways in which Jallianwalla Bagh has been documented/remembered in the last one hundred years in various narratives and spaces, both public and personal.
At this conference, in keeping with the current Cognitive Studies’ preference of examining memory as a process of active re-creation rather than passive recollection, and in collaboration with the Virtual Reality team at Tata Consultancy Services, we attempt to virtually recreate the event of Jallianwalla Bagh thereby making history accessible in more experiential terms.
Texts and narratives including literature, movies, music, archival material, photographs, monuments, etc about such events can serve as potential sites of inquiry in alignment with VR tools.
We invite papers based on original research, focusing on but not limited to the following broad and related themes:
- The event, nation, and narratives
- Event, memory and archived history
- The event, nation, and forgetting
- The event, forgetting and forgiving
- Traumatic and narrative memories
- Collective memory and hegemonic historical knowledge
- Nationalist historiography and its limits
- Imperialism, resistance, and remember
- The politics of producing and consuming history
- Fact, fabulation, and fiction
- Interested candidates can submit their abstracts at the email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The selected presenters will be notified by 1 September 2019.
Registration fee: Rs.4000/- (spot registration payable in cash)
Includes conference kit, accommodation, refreshments, and two conference lunches.
Email ID: email@example.com