Of the Book and Other Stories

Saturday, 2 September 2023. 6 p.m.
Arthshila Ahmedabad

Authors, booksellers and artists in India and abroad reflect on their role in this theatre of publishing where hesitant, unconventional ideas find their place on the page.

Of the Book and Other Stories documents insights from some of the lives Seagull has touched over the last four decades: Romila Thapar, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Ravish Kumar, Anjum Katyal, Urvashi Butalia, Rick Simonson, Peter Maravelis, Alice Attie, Namita Gokhale, Siddharth Basu, Sanjoy Roy, Sumit Lai Roy, Katy Lai Roy, Samik Bandyopadhyay and Jeff Deutsch among others.

Also featuring interviews with the Seagull team, especially Naveen Kishore who shares fragments of his extraordinary journey from theatre-lighting designer to publisher, the film explores how Seagull Books remains proudly at home in Calcutta but is truly a publisher for and of the world.

The Screening will be followed by a conversation with Naveen Kishore, Pushan Kripalani & Nupur Dalmia.


The Idea of Justice conference goes to Delhi NCR

After a hugely successful three days in Calcutta, The Idea Of Justice – History for Peace conference is now all set to go the Delhi NCR in association with the Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon.
[For high school teachers and students only]

26 and 27 September 2023. Location: Shiv Nadar School Gurgaon
Address: Pahari Road, Block E, DLF Phase 1, Sector 26A, Gurugram, Haryana 122011, India.

Speakers and workshop facilitators at The Idea of Justice: Chapter 2 are:
Romila Thapar, Janaki Nair, Meenakshi Ganguly, Jerry Pinto, Gautam Bhatia, Angana Das, Nisha Abdulla, YLAC—Himani Chouhan, Gunjan Periwal and Nidhi Kinhal, Shivangi Jaiswal and the History for Peace team—Amreeta Das, Urvi Shah and Meena Megha Malhotra Urvi Shah.

Details and Registration here

The History for Peace quarterly newsletter is here!

The History for Peace team has been toiling through the sweltering months of summer in Calcutta as we get ready for the biggest event of our calendar—the annual HfP conference of 2023—The Idea of Justice—to be held at The Tollygunge ClubCalcutta, on August 3, 4 and 5! Keep reading for the first glimpse of our conference programme and sign up to attend today!

We are also delighted to announce an extension of the annual conference—Chapter II of the Idea of Justice—supported by Arthshila in Santiniketan, a university town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, on August 6

We spotlight a couple of articles published by the Teacher Plus magazine on our cutting-edge work in the field of history pedagogy in South Asian high schools. The pieces include Partition History, Education, and Reconciliation by the director of HfP, Meena Megha Malhotra and Shaping Mindsets through Historical Thinking by Anchita Dasgupta.

We are also looking forward to our upcoming collaboration with our longstanding partner, EuroClio—the European Association of History Educators—in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. As part of this initiative, HfP director, Megha Malhotra will be meeting local school teachers in northern Sri Lanka in July to exchange pedagogical practices in the subcontinent, present HfP’s work and conduct a workshop on memory and history.