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Semester and Year Offered: Winter Semester 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Yogesh Snehi
Email of course coordinator: email@example.com
Aim: Through the trope of ‘everyday’, this seminar paper offers insight into complex and dialectical relationship of meta-processes with ‘ordinary’ experiences of individuals and subaltern groups. The students are expected to focus on the everyday processes and use methods in social anthropology, historical sociology and historical geography to understand how orality and the everyday notions of memory, dreams, spatiality, diversity, etc. inform our understanding of historical processes. Deriving its methods from practices of oral history and study of popular sources, a student of everyday history will thus be trained to discover and creative alternate resources/archives for their chosen area of research. The student will also be encouraged to critically engage with the colonial archives and ethnography. In the process, they will learn to recognize the significance of ‘mundane’ and ordinary in decentring the idea of history.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Debate the longue durée of historical change.
- Contrast the role of ordinary/everyday processes and experiences with dominant narrative in the making of historical narrative.
- Interpret the dialectic between events/turning points in history and the lived lives.
- Analyse significant debates in the field of historical anthropology, historical sociology and historical geography.
- Demonstrate some recent tools of historical method through the chosen theme of research.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
- Understanding the historical ‘narrative’
- Canonical Texts and Lived Contexts
- ‘Great’ Religious Traditions and Popular Piety
- Modernity and its Everyday Discontents
- Decentring/Re-reading the Archive
- Orality, Dreams and Memory
- Debating Islamization and Sanskritization
- Identity, Spatiality and theory of Practice
- Archaeology, Heritage and its Everyday Periphery
Assessment Details with weights:
- Seminar Paper: 75%
- Student Presentation: 25%
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