NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Living others' Histories with our Memories: Identity, social conflict and education” by Shalini Dixit, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


“Living others' Histories with our Memories: Identity, social conflict and education”



Shalini Dixit

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS  


Chairperson:  Anitha Kurup, Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS,               

7th June, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract: By providing answers to questions like, “who I am?” and “where do I come from?” history provides us a text of identity.  Our nation-state is part of our identity. History also links us with that, and builds loyalty towards it. Although, there are various versions of past in a society, the school version is considered to be official and authentic. Therefore, a careful selection of the official narrative is done with a purpose to transmit a unitary vision of the society. However, the other versions of history are available and represented in society; in the opinion of its members and in our ecology. These multiple representation of past may generate different identities and reactions among students, and community. These relationships between, history, identity and social conflict has their grounding in the discipline of Psychology. However, psychology has very less to say about this subject matter. This talk will focus on some of these intersecting areas of history and identity, in order to explore how we can address identity formation and social conflict through history education.

About the Speaker: Shalini Dixit is an Assistant Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru. She is an M.Phil- PhD from, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Masters in Psychology. She has had years of experience in teaching and research in a number of colleges in University of Delhi including Jesus & Mary College and Mata Sundri College and Kamla Nehru College as Assistant Professor. She also worked with Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education, NCERT; Save the Children, Finland; and James Cook University Australia, Singapore Campus. Her familiarity and interest lies in Cultural and Cognitive Processes in appreciation of History, Critical aspects Educational Psychology  and Social Psychology.  Her research area has been understanding of history amongst people in different cultural communities.

All are welcome


For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.

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All are cordially invited


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All are cordially invited


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017