Second Lecture in Ashoka History Spring Webinar 2021
February 10 @ 1:40 pm - 2:45 pm
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We are delighted to invite you to the second lecture of the Ashoka History Spring Webinar 2021. Dr Mayank Kumar will be delivering a lecture titled ‘Possibilities and Constraints: Writing The History of Early Modern Times in India’.
Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday 10 February
Time: 1:40-2:45 PM
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94063072343
Meeting ID: 940 6307 2343
The discipline of history in India is undergoing a very tough period, especially in an era when excellent historical works are being produced. Historians are finding it very difficult to resolve this apparent dichotomy, not because tools and/or methodology of historians are found wanting, rather the ‘social consumption of the past’ has gone through a sea change. The rigour of the discipline of history mandates that historians must substantiate their narrative on the basis of evidence. Although historians in the recent past have gone way beyond the traditional sources or have revisited the same set of sources with a fresh set of questions, yet they are finding it difficult to satiate or challenge the present day ‘social consumption of the past’. The talk will draw attention to the fact that the nature of documentation underwent a drastic change during early modern times. Although it facilitates a much nuanced history of the era, yet there is a need to go beyond the confines of regional histories, which is primarily a product of linguistic barriers, perhaps through collaborative research.
Mayank Kumar teaches history at Satyawati College (Evening), University of Delhi. He is a visiting faculty at the department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi, and at Shiv Nadar University. His research interests pertain to exploration of human-nature relationships in the early modern times. He is the author of Monsoon Ecologies: Irrigation, Agriculture and Settlement Patterns in Rajasthan during the Pre-Colonial Period (New Delhi: Manohar), 2013, and co-editor (along with Suraj Bhan Bharadwaj and Rameshwar Prasad Bahuguna) of Revisiting the History of Medieval Rajasthan: Essays for Professor Dilbagh Singh (New Delhi: Primus Books), 2017. As a Fulbright Fellow, he was associated with the Decision Centre for Desert City, Arizona State University, and worked on ‘Climate Change and Water Issues’ through an interdisciplinary approach. While he was a Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, he examined issues associated with social stratification and the politics of natural natural resource management. He also pursued a UGC National Research to explore ‘Humans and Natural World: A Study in the Social Perceptions, Interactions and Responses in 17th and 18th Century Rajasthan’.