CfP: First World War in the Indian Context: International Seminar

January/ February 2018

The St Aloysius College (Mangalore, Karnataka, India) plans to organize a two-day international seminar on the theme The First World War in the Indian Context and invites scholars in Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and in related fields to participate.

The Theme and the Context
It is 100 years since the First World War took place. As all of us know, though the Great War was the result of complex political developments of Europe, it had large influence on Indian society, economy and political life. It was mainly due to the fact that India was a colony of the British. The British too wanted the cooperation of Indians. Mahatma Gandhi who had returned to India after his African sojourn during the war had encouraged Indians to join the British forces. Indians had immensely contributed to the British war efforts in the form of men and ammunitions as well as financial resources.

Important information
Those intending to present papers can contact the Chief Coordinator at the earliest opportunity. They can also send their papers before 30th November 2017 (along with an abstract). The details are given below. International and invited scholars will be offered an honorarium. A detailed brochure with sub-themes would be sent to those who are participating and presenting the papers.

The exact date of the seminar, travel and accommodation details will be intimated well in advance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you at St Aloysius College (Autonomous) campus at Mangalore in January/ February 2018.

For further details kindly contact:
Chief Coordinator: Dr Vishanz Pinto, Dean, Faculty of Arts, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore-575003, Karnataka, India
Phone: + 91 9480289560
Asst. Coordinator: Dr Denis Fernandes, IQAC Coordinator, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore-575003, Karnataka, India.

Further information here.

Remembering a Democratic Legacy of the Great War in Interwar India

A blog by Stephen Legg, Professor of Historical Geography, University of Nottingham, has been published on the Imperial and Global Forum. The blog is based upon his article, ‘Dyarchy’, which was recently published in the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

In 2019, India will embark upon a uniquely postcolonial set of centenaries. During the Great War the Defence of India Act (1915) had given the Government of India exceptional powers to silence dissent and crush any nascent “terrorist” or “revolutionary” movement. So effective had the powers proven, against both radical and moderate nationalists, that there were many within the colonial state who sought their extension into peace time. The “Rowlatt” (Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes) Act of 1919 attempted this, and the resistance against the act was led by the ex-lawyer and future-Mahatma, Mr MK Gandhi. The centenary of the Rowlatt “Satyagraha” (the name for Gandhi’s non-violent, political “truth-force”, protest movement) will doubtless be commemorated by the Congress party and many others in India.

Full blog here.