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In the Language of Remembering:

A conversation between author Aanchal Malhotra and Priyanka Seshadri exploring the legacy of Partition

VENUE : Online
17 August7:00 PM (IST)
In the Language of Remembering

As the subcontinent marks the 75th anniversary of the Partition, Aanchal Malhotra’s second book, In the Language of Remembering: The Inheritance of Partition is critical in its reminder that the impact of Partition does not end with those who witnessed it. 

Tune in to a conversation between the author and museum professional, Priyanka Seshadri to hear about the processes that were involved in putting this living archive together. Through the course of their discussion, the speakers will dive into the importance of these enduring stories and the hidden knowledge shared by descendants of those who witnessed the partition, and what the partition means for them in the contemporary context.

This event is part of MAP’s series Beyond Borders. This August and September, MAP commemorates the 75th year of India’s independence, with events around the theme Beyond Borders. Over the next two months, we explore and critique the concept of borders via multiple registers – history, geography, identity, and migration. Witness global practitioners and experts in conversation with each other, reimagining the meaning and significance of borders. Join us as we blur the boundaries between different genres and media, and explore people and spaces that transgress imagined borders.

Speaker Profiles

Aanchal Malhotra

Writer

Aanchal Malhotra is an oral historian and writer from New Delhi, India. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory and writes extensively on the 1947 Partition and its related topics. Her first book, published in South Asia as Remnants of a Separation and internationally as Remnants of Partition, was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, Hindu Lit for Life Non-Fiction Prize, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. In the Language of Remembering is her second book and focuses on the long-term, cross-border, generational legacy of Partition.

Priyanka Seshadri

Museum Professional

Priyanka Seshadri is a museum and archives professional. She has previously worked at the Centre for Public History (Srishti Manipal Institute of Design), the Centre for Community Knowledge (Ambedkar University Delhi), the Partition Museum, Amritsar, and Eka Archiving Services, New Delhi. She was involved in building an oral history archive for the Indian Museum, Kolkata, and in expanding the Partition Museum’s collection of material artefacts and oral histories. She also led the Partition Museum’s first international exhibition co-curated with Manchester Museum. Her writing has appeared in the Oral History Journal and History Workshop Online, among other publications.

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