South Asian University Seminar on “Violence and Collective Memory“
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, Foreign Exchange The Diplomatic Society
The Faculty of Social Sciences of South Asian University (SAU) of India organised a seminar on Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at the university main hall. The keynote speaker Professor Partha Ghosh, Senior Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library delivered a lecture titled “Violence and Collective Memory”.
Professor Partha Ghosh was formerly a Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in India. He is the author of several books including The Politics of Personal Law in South Asia: Identity, Nationalism and the Uniform Civil Code and Unwanted and Uprooted: A Political Study of Refugees, Migrants, Stateless and Displaced in South Asia and the editor for the India Quarterly Journal. Professor Ghosh’s interests include South Asian politics, migration, ethnicity, majority-minority relations, and domestic politics-foreign policy interface.
Professor Partha Ghosh’s seminar was facilitated by Dr. Diya Mehra and Dr. Ankur Datta Assistant Professors of the Department of Sociology, South Asian University (SAU). A large number of participants who also have a strong background in Sociology and International Relations attended the seminar. The participants, mostly students from the South Asian University, acquired knowledge about the South Asian region’s historical cultural encounters that have given shape to all kinds of memory formations which keeps influencing its politics and social behavior. Among the other participants Professor Sasanka Perera, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Dr. Dev N. Pathak, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, was also present. At the end of the seminar students of the South Asian University (SAU) engaged with Professor. Partha Ghosh and this was followed by an interactive question and answer session.