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Conference and launching of the website and video archive of the project "My Parents´ World - Inherited Memories"

On November 9, 2016, at 3 pm, the website of the project "My Parents’ World - Inherited Memories" will be presented at the Heinrich Zimmer Reading Room of the South Asia Institute Library as part of an afternoon conference.
"My Parents´ World - Inherited Memories" is a joint project of the Goethe Institutes Kolkata and Dhaka in cooperation with the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta and the Research Initiative Bangladesh, Dhaka. The project researches inherited memories of the third post-Partition generation of Bengal through interviews. The aim is to explore how these memories and stories about the 1947 Partition shape the imagination of the third generation of post-Partition history. Through the multiple perspectives of these inherited experiences and stories, the project intends to achieve a convergence of the general understanding of this segment of subcontinental history. The project website contains 20 interviews, research results, background articles and more, all focused on the ways of remembering the 1947 Partition of Bengal which took place in the course of the general Partition of India.

Speakers include: Gita Dharampal-Frick (Head of History of South Asia, SAI), Prof. Dr. Manas Ray (CSSSC, Kolkata), Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta (RIB, Dhaka), Nazes Afroz (former Senior Manager BBC World Service, GB and India), four third-generation interviewees after the division of India (Bangladesh and India), and Max Stille and Daniela Cappello (doctoral students, Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, SAI). At the centre of the various presentations will be Nazes Afroz’s inauguration of the website and the online video archive, as well as the screening of Supriyo Sen’s documentary film “My Grand Parents' World”. Hans Harder (Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, SAI) will moderate the event.

3 pm
  • Welcome and opening notes: Hans Harder
  • Introduction leading to the launch of the website: Friso Maecker/ Philip Küppers
  • A Note on "Erinnerungskultur" and the Partition: Gita Dharampal-Frick
  • Overview of the project and introducing the website in detail: Nazes Afroz

4:30 pm
  • Comments on the findings from Bengal: Manas Ray
  • Comments on the findings of Bangladesh: Meghna Guhathakurta
  • Podium discussion between three researchers and one interviewee moderated by Nazes Afroz and Hans Harder
  • Comments by the translators: Max Stille
  • Premiere screening of the documentary film My Grand Parents' World by Supriyo Sen.

Further Information
Website (online by Nov 5th)

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