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NMML Young Researchers’ Workshop 2017 (June)


‘Colonialism: Economy, State,  and Society’

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is organizing a week-long Young Researchers’ Workshop in June 2017 on the theme ‘Colonialism: Economy, State, and Society’. This interdisciplinary programme aims to bring together researchers of socio-economic transition of India under colonial regime covering the period from second half of the 19th century up to the independence, to offer them a platform to share their research findings, and facilitate interaction with renowned experts. Scholars looking at the history of modern Indian economy and society with renewed interest are requested to send their application. The programme is planned only for the doctoral students.

Concept note:

The impact of colonialism on Indian economy and society is countless. While Britain converted the Indian economy as a periphery of their industrial development in 19th century, the colonial interest from trade surplus to the larger agrarian revenue surplus structurally transformed the hitherto Indian economy and society from early 19th century onwards. The Indian agrarian economy was integrated under the land revenue regimes of various presidencies. This changing colonial policy led the British scholar cum administrator to define the nature of land ownership and forms of social groupings. Settlement patterns, especially Indian villages, became a central theme. From late 19th century onwards the state building process was started through various political pressures. Economic transition and institutionalized governmental actions led to socio-cultural transitions across India. The national movement united various political actions and economic demands under  broader nationalist platform and it generated a vibrant democratic public space in the mid 20th century. Today, India has transformed into the third largest economy in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). Simultaneously the hitherto social taboos are undergoing subtle changes. India recently proved its political capacity to take its financial sector into a successful transition for transparency and accountability. Further, the government promises that it would go for much social intervention through various reforms and policies to address new challenges. Also NMML will pay an honorarium of Rs. 5,000/- to the participants who will complete the workshop.

The proposed Young Researchers’ Programme will cover six themes as follows:
1. Social Transition
2. Economic Transition
3. Cultural Transformation
4. Law and Colonialism
5. Gender and Colonialism
6. Local Self Government/Rural Development: Policy, Planning, and Practice

The one week residential workshop aims to invite 15-20 young research scholars of various universities/research institutes in India. Those who desire to participate are requested to submit a brief write-up of 1000-1200 words. Three/four scholars will present their research papers on a theme each day and one subject expert will engage with the scholars. The workshop will consist of lectures and group discussions. NMML will reimburse III AC train fare (except dynamic pricing fares) and arrange accommodation in Delhi for outstation scholars.
NMML will explore the possibility of publishing selected papers in its Occasional Papers Series or an edited volume from the proceedings of this programme.

Programme Date:

12-16 June, 2017

Programme Venue:

Seminar Room, Library Building
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
New Delhi, 110011

Deadline to submit the Abstract (1000-1200 words) with an updated CV: 21 April, 2017, 5.30 p.m.

Abstract submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Abstract can only be sent by email to

The Selected List of Candidates will be displayed on NMML website: 5 May 2017

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Selected candidates will be intimated by e-mail by 8 May 2017.

Deadline to submit full paper (5000 words approximately): 5 June 2017, 5.30 p.m.

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