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Event, Metaphor, Memory: a Workshop with Dr. Shahid Amin

Start Date and Time:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:00PM


Dr. Shahid Amin (A.M. Khwaja Chair At Jamia Millia University-New Delhi; Visiting Professor Of History-Columbia University), Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis (Emerita Princeton University & University Of Toronto)

Dr. Shahid Amin (A.M. Khwaja Chair at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi; Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University), a prominent historian of South Asia and member of the Subaltern Studies Collective, will hold a masterclass for graduate students moderated by Prof. Natalie Zemon Davis (Professor Emerita, University of Toronto). The masterclass, based on Prof. Amin’s research, will examine the ‘event’ as a way of thinking about the archive, memory, historical consciousness, and larger methodological questions about ethnography and textuality in the early modern and modern periods.

All graduate students in the Department of History are encouraged to attend, as well as graduate students and faculty from other units.

In preparation for the masterclass, participating graduate students will have read in advance three articles by Prof. Amin available for download here:

The session will be dedicated to an open conversation, giving students and faculty a chance to engage with Professor Amin about his research and his understanding of the discipline.

Please RSVP below by Sept. 30th.

Shahid Amin is former professor of history at University of Delhi and currently A.M. Khwaja Chair at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi and Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University’.

Natalie Zemon Davis is Professor Emerita at Princeton University and University of Toronto. Her publications include: Trickster Travels: a Sixteenth-Century Muslim between Worlds (Hill and Wang, 2007), Fiction and the Archives: Pardon Tales and their Tellers (Stanford, 1987) The Return of Martin Guerre (Harvard, 1984).


  • Department of Historical Studies (UTM)
  • Centre for South Asian Studies
  • Institute for Islamic Studies

Contact Information

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Room SS 2098, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3 view full map


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Chauri Chaura protest, 1922
Chauri Chaura protest, 1922