History

Every year the History department organizes several field visits, guest lectures and other extra-curricular activities to provide its students with wholesome learning. Such events were undertaken this year as well for the benefit of the students. 

 

Field Visits

The Third Year students visited several museums across the city; including Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Heras Museum, Piramal Art Gallery, TARQ Art Gallery, and the Archdiocesan Heritage Museum at St. Pius X College for their course on Museum and Archival Studies during the months of June, July and August. The students also visited the ‘India and the World’ exhibition at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. 

From January 11th to 13th, the annual History Seminar was organized at Khandala for the Third Year students on the topic ‘Mughal India’. 

The Second Year students visited the Elephanta Caves on 19th January, 2018 to study rock-cut architecture and its cultural significance as part of their course on ‘Ancient India’. 

As part of the community outreach activity under the Social Involvement Programme (SIP) the department of history under Mr. Avkash Jadhav organised an Awareness and Clean up drive at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and at Kanheri Caves, Borivli (East), Mumbai on 25th February, 2018. A special session was conducted on the conservation and preservation of the historical Kanheri caves. The students were addressed by the Forest Officer Mr. Bhalerao. In all more than 60 students participated in this activity.

 

Guest Lectures

As part of new initiative ‘Windows of Social Sciences’ Dr. Upadhaya (Head of the Hindi Department) was invited to speak on the Narratives of partition in Hindi Literature and Dr. Pratibha Naithani Head of the Political Science department was invited to deliver a talk on the Constitution of India as part of the study of History of modern India for the Third year B.A students.

A guest lecture on ‘The Great Fire of 1803’ was delivered by Dr. Sukriti Issar, faculty at Sciences Po on 16th January, 2018 for the benefit of the Third Year students studying the ‘Urban Heritage of Mumbai’ and other interested participants. 

For the course on ‘Indian Cinema in 20th Century Mumbai’, a guest lecture was organised by Ms. Kaizeen Jehangir whereby Ms. Parinaz Jal, Assistant Director on the film Fitoor addressed Third Year Students on filmmaking techniques.  

As visiting faculty for the course on ‘Museum and Archival Studies’, Ms. Alisha Sadikot gave several guest lectures on the nuances of putting together an exhibition. 

 

Exhibitions 

Third Year students put together an exhibition on German Stamps as a part of their internal assessment for the course on ‘Museum Studies’ on 8th and 9th September, under the guidance of Ms. Kaizeen Jehangir, Ms. Vailaneena Govindan and Ms. Alisha Sadikot. The exhibition, titled ‘Deustche Dak’ displayed German stamps from late 19th century to the 1970s that were part of a collection held by Dr. Hoshang Masters. The exhibition traced the history of Germany from its unification, World War I, formation of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Adolf Hitler, to its split into East and West Germany and gradual reunification through stamps from these respective periods. Apart from the display of these stamps, the exhibition also included guided tours, documentary screenings, games, and a host of other activities. Students from schools and colleges, such as St. Mary’s School ISCE, St. Xavier’s School, Sophia College for Women, Wilson College, Khalsa College, etc visited the exhibition. The exhibition saw nearly 1500 visitors over two days with the youngest visitor aged five and oldest aged 92. 

The students of the First Year organised an exhibition as part of their internal assessment on the theme World Wars and dictatorships titled ‘Avoidable Apocalypse’ on 5th February, 2018, in the St. Xavier’s College Hall under the guidance of Mr. Avkash. Jadhav. The occasion was graced by Dr. M.D. David (Former Head of the Department of History, University of Mumbai), Dr. T.R.Ghoble (Former Head of the Department of History, University of Mumbai), Dr. Manjiri Kamat Head of the Department of History, University of Mumbai, ACP. Vasant. Dhoble, Fr. Tony. (Rector), Principal Dr. Agnelo. Menezes, Mr. Umesh. Nagarkar Deputy Director from Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee, Mrs. Deepali Sukhthankar Vice President Axis Bank Western Region, Mr. Pandurang Mhaske, editor of Sakaal times, Mrs. Mrinmayi. Natu from Maharashtra Times, Mr. Mitaksh. Jain from Mumbai Mirror, Ms. Zarin from Free press Journal newspaper,  Mr. Vedant from ABP Mazha news channel, Mr. Umesh TV9 news channel, Mr.Devendra Jadhav International award winning documentary maker, Mr.Pranav. Kumar Additional CSC/DIG RPF Central Railway, Mrs. Ramaa Subramanium, Director of Pride Age India, faculties and students from Patkar college, Goregaon, Khalsa College Matunga, Jai Hind college Churchgate, Wilson College Charni Road, also students and teachers from Pawar Public School, Kandivli. The exhibition was also supported by the Indo-Japanese Association and the N.C.C Naval Unit of Siddarth College who had put up stalls. The exhibition also witnessed a great response from the in-house staff and the students of both Junior and Senior College.  

 

Extra Curricular Activities 

The first event of the History Group in 2017 was a quiz on World War II, held on 1st September to commemorate the beginning of the war. Titled ‘Q-Day: This (World) War’, the event saw 8 teams competing to win. The event was a roaring success with students from across several streams participating. 

The History Group also organised the Career Guidance Seminar for the students of the department on 23rd February, 2018. The speakers were Mr. Navin Jambhulkar (I.PO.S) on preparation for the Civil services and other competitive examinations, Prof. Elvina Pereira of St. Xavier’s Teacher’s Training College on career options in academics, Mr. Chaitanya Marpakwar from Mumbai Mirror on career options in Journalism, Mr. Prasanna from Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) on careers in museology, Ms. Deepti Anand from the startup Past Perfect on career options in documentation and archiving, Ms. Vrunda Pathare from Godrej Archives on archival science as a career option, Ms. Khushboo Sheikh from Max Mueller Institute of Foreign Languages on career options in foreign languages. 

On behalf of the History Department, two Third Year students, Irene Leo and Rizpah Cardoza participated in the annual fest ‘Hysteria’ organised by the History Department at Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College on 2nd February, 2018. Irene was awarded the Second Prize in the Students Research Seminar Contest on ‘India and World Commodities’ for her paper titled ‘The Gamechanger – Saltpetre Industry of India’. 

 

Faculty Report

The faculty has represented the History Department of St. Xavier’s College at local, national and international platforms. 

Ms. Kaizeen Jehangir, faculty member of the History Department gave a talk on ‘Archaic Globalisation: India’s Connection to the Silk Route’ to exchange students from University of California, Berkeley on 14th July, 2017. 

Associate Professor Avkash Jadhav resumed in the second semester as the Head of the Department after successfully completing his two years of FIP leave (November 2015-November-2017) in November, 2017. He submitted his PhD thesis on the ‘Emergence of the Labour Movement in Bombay: A historical study from 1920-1945’ to the Department of History, University of Mumbai on 25th November, 2017.

 

I: Faculty Report:

Mr. Avkash Jadhav 

  1.  Received the prestigious Foreign Travel Grant (FTG) from the (ICHR) Indian Council for Historical Research Grant to participate as a Keynote speaker for an International Conference of  MIRDEC (Masters International Research Development Centre) in Madrid, Spain from 4th to 7th July, 2017.

  1. Was recommended by the Ministry of External Affairs of India, New Delhi to represent India in the SAARC Conference at Colombo Sri Lanka, on ‘Buddhist Cultural Trails: Journey Through Time and Space of Merchants, Monks and Pilgrims on 26th and 27th August, 2017. The Special Grant was approved by the Indo-Sri lanka Foundation, New Delhi. 

  1. Was nominated as the member of IQAC (Internal Quality Assessment Committee) of Thakur College of Science & Science, Kandivli, Mumbai in September, 2017. 

  1. Has been deputed on the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board of Three International Journals since July,2017:

     

    a. International Community of Visual Culture
    b. International Community of Social Sciences
    c. International Community of Human Sciences
  1. Conducted Contact lectures in History for the Post Graduate students of Distance learning (IDOL) at the University of Mumbai, Kalina. The sessions for M.A. Part-I were on Modern Maharashtra and for M.A. Part-II on The History of the U.S.A for the academic year of 2017-18.

 

II: Seminars and Conferences: 

  1. Invited as Keynote Speaker for an International Conference by MIRDEC (Masters International Research Development Centre) the title of the paper was ‘The Transition of political imperialism to economic imperialism: A historical study of the genesis of the native capitalist class in the textile industry of Bombay in the 19th century’ in Madrid, Spain from 4th to 7th July, 2017.

  2. Invited to participate and present paper on ‘The role of British legislations and the working class movement in Bombay: A Historical study of the Factory Acts of 1881 and 1891 in India’ at World Social Science Congress, at Madrid, Spain from 12th to 14th July, 2017.

  1. Participated in the National Conference on ‘Industry Disruption & Reimagining the Role of Education’ organized by ASSOCHAM (Associate Chamber of Commerce) and L.N.Wlingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai on 11th August, 2017.  

  2. Participated and presented research paper on ‘Kanheri: The Spartan caves with the Reflections of cultural and economic trails in western India’, at the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) ,conference on Buddhist Trails in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 26th & 27th August, 2017.

  1. Conducted a session for the 120th Orientation Course at the HRDC , Staff Academic College, University of Mumbai on “Mentoring Students for Social Change” on 4th September, 2017.

  1. Conducted a workshop on the “Role of Teacher in Nation Building” under the Faculty Development Programme of IQAC at Thakur College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai on 14th September, 2017.

  1. Invited to present research paper on “The life and teachings of the Mahatma: An Edifice for the Communal Harmony in India” at the 2nd Taqreeb conference Series , held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Convention Centre, New Delhi, on 27th and 28th December , 2017 organised by the Qutbi Jubliee Scholarship Program (QJSP). 

  1. Invited to present research paper on ‘The forgotten history of the dalit textile workers in Bombay in the pre-independent era and the economic philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar’ at Osmania University, organised by the Department of law on 11th and 12th January, 2018.

  1. Invited as a resource person to conduct a session on ‘Tenacity of the Slums in Mumbai’ at the Slum Studies Centre of Ramnarian Ruia College, Mumbai on 22nd, January, 2018.

  1. Presented a research paper on Unheard Voices of the Partition: Reflections from Sindhi poems, at the International Seminar organised by the Department of English, University of Mumbai, Kalina Mumbai, on 3rd February, 2018.

  1. Was invited to recite his poem titled ‘ Aabhal Mazhe Sansar’ in Marathi on the denotified tribes of India, at the book release event at the Department of History, University of Mumbai on 8th February,2018. 

  1. Was the Co convener of the International Symposium on ‘Religion and Science: Development in Neurological Sciences’ held at St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous, and Mumbai from 9th to 11th February, 2018. Also Chaired the Technical session at the Symposium.

  1. Invited as a Keynote speaker at to deliver a talk on the Indo-US relations from 1947-2017, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai on 16th February, 2018.

  1. Invited as Inaugural and Keynote speaker for the Vth inter-collegiate annual student seminar on Aspects of Local History, at L.J.N.J College,Vile Parle, Mumbai on 17th February, 2018.

  1. Invited in Jai Hind College as a resource person to deliver a talk on the Water Management system in Mumbai: Special emphasis on the discovery of underground water tanks, on 26th February, 2018. 

  2. Presented a research paper on ‘The textile industry of Bombay at the intersection during the Quit India Movement’ at the National Seminar organized by the Indian Council of Historical Research and the Department of History, University of Mumbai  at Green Technology Institute ,University of Mumbai on 14th and 15th March, 2018.

  3. Invited as the Resource person and to Chair the Technical Session and presented  research paper on the ‘Eulogising the folklore of the Hero through Commemorative traditions’ National Seminar on ‘Contribution of folk Traditions to Indian Culture’ organized by the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology ,Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on 17th and 18th March, 2018.

  4. Invited as a Plenary speaker and presented research paper on ‘Convergence and the stratification of the textile workers movement of Bombay during the freedom struggle of India’ for the National Seminar on Revisiting the freedom struggle movement and the Resistance of Sub-altern groups jointly organized by the Institute of Distance Learning University of Mumbai and NCERT, New Delhi on 23rd and 24th March, 2018. 

 

III: Publications:

  1. Published article on The Transition of political imperialism to economic imperialism: A historical study of the genesis of the  native capitalist class in the textile industry of Bombay in the 19th century’ in the International of MIRDEC-4th, International Academic Conference on Social Science, Multidisciplinary and Globalization Studies,04-07 July 2017, Madrid, Spain  Masters International Danismanlik Arastirma Yayincilik Masters International Consultancy Research and Publishing MIRDEC Publishing Istanbul,Turkey (pp 4-17). ISBN: 978-605-82290-0-6

  1. Article on Meta narratives of Urban Demography:  Revisiting Mill lands then and now- A Case study of Mills of Mumbai, ‘Indica’, Journal of the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture Vol.54, September , 2017. pp.176-190 ( ISSN.0019-686X)

  1. Publication of the Article on ‘Dr. Ambedkar: Champion of Social liberation and Economic Emancipation Biz Ness The Research Journal of The NESS WADIA College of Commerce ISSN: 2277-4823 ● Pune ● Vol. I–Issue VI ● January 2018 (Annual). pp.25-28

  1. Publication of the poem titled “ Killing the Dove”, in the Anthology Symphony of Peace, Edited by P.Gopichand and P.Nagasuseela, Author Press publication, New Delhi, 2017.p.48. (ISBN. 978-93-86722-74-4).

  1. Publication of the poem titled Tabula Rasa, in the book Remember Me: You Me and Dementia, Edited by Sailesh Mishra, Silver Innings publication, Mumbai.p.22.(ISBN. 978-93-852221-05-7).

 

IV: In the Press:

  1. Article on ‘Disability and Discrimination v/s Challenges and Measure: A study of the research Survey’, to be published in the edited Volume titled ‘Exclusion and Inclusion of Disadvantaged communities: Issues and Challenges  to be published by Department of Adult, continuing Education and Extension, Savitribai Phule, Pune University.

  1. Article on ‘Establishing the Reflections of Dharma and its Influence on the Working Class Movement in the Pre- Independent Era of Bombay City’ to be published in the edited Volume by Sanchi University of  Buddhist-Indic Studies, Bhopal , Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Article on ‘Comparative study of Kanheri, Mandapeshwar, Elephanta and Jogeshwari Caves: Reflections from the cave architecture’ of Mumbai in the upcoming Research Journal of Department of Pali, University of Kolkatta.

  1. Article on ‘Intentions and Disparities in the application of Human rights: An Evaluation’  in ‘Utkarsh’ the research  Journal Vol. VIII (May- August , 2017) with ISSN: 2395-356X .

  1. Article on The role of British legislations and the working class movement in Bombay: A Historical study of the Factory Acts of 1881 and1891 in India’ in the International Journal of Social Sciences of Global Knowledge Network.

  1.  Article on Kanheri: The Spartan caves with the reflections of cultural and economic trails in western India’ in the edited book of SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Srilanka.

  1. Article on The life and teachings of the Mahatama: An edifice for Co-existence and communal harmony in India, edited book at the Taqreeb Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Convention Centre.

  1. Article on The forgotten history of the dalit textile workers in Bombay in the pre-independent era and the economic philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar in the edited book of Osmania University Department of law.

 

Mr. Avkash Jadhav

Head, Department of History

 





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