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The Archives on Contemporary History (also known as Joshi Archives) was founded by P.C. Joshi, the first General Secretary of the united Communist Party of India. The Archive holds an annual lecture in his memory. Following is the list of memorial lectures from 1993 to till date.

Speaker

Topic

Year

GEETA KAPUR

Public Address: Citing Installation and Performance Art

31 March 2014

ANAND PATWARDHAN

Cinema of Resistance: A Personal Journey
Part-I , Part-II , Part-III   
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12 February 2013

NIKHIL DEY

Participatory Democracy and the Future of Dissent 
(Struggles for the Redistribution of Power)

28th February 2012

RAM RAHMAN

Sunil Janah, Photographer & P.C. Joshi: The Making of a Progressive Culture

18th February 2009

ARJUN SENGUPTA

United Front & the Communist Movements

9th November 2008

BIPAN CHANDRA

PC Joshi: A Political Journey

17 August 2007

SHYAM BENEGAL

Secularism and Indian Cinema

18 April 2005

TEESTA 
SETALVAD

Combating Communalism: A Quest for Answers

31 March 2003

MOHIT SEN

Communism in our Times: Reflections of a Communist

26 March 2002

HABIB TANVIR

Cultural persuasions of Politics and Their implications

16 October 2000

BHISHAM SAHNI

The Cultural Landscape

22 October 1999

ALI SARDAR JAFFRI

Literature as Chronicle of the Age

18 November 1998

MRINAL SEN

Rambling Thoughts of a Roving Stone

17 October 1997

E.M.S. NAMBOODIRIPAD

Marxism, Religion and Caste

15 October 1996

HIREN MUKHERJEE

Socialism and the Re-Making of Man: A Far Cry? Yet the Prime Proud Quest

6 November 1995

ASHOK MITRA

Socialism: The Day After or The Day Yet to Be

21 November 1994

IRFAN HABIB

The Marxian Theory of Socialism and the Experience of Socialist Societies

4 November 1993

 


During winter semester 2013, the Archives organized a Monthly Lecture Series on Cultural Politics of the Left movement in India. The following seminars were organized in this series -

(1) Sumangala Damodaran, "Music and Protest: The Making of the Radical Popular in the IPTA's Musical Tradition" on 24 January 2013
(2) Trina Banerjee, "The Problematic of Desire and Control in Cultural Action: The 'Case' of Anil De Silva and the IPTA (1940-48) on 28 February 2013 
(3) Rajarshi Dasgupta, "Nature and Technology in Communist Art: On Ritwik Ghatak's film" 'Ajaantrik' on March 21, 2013 
(4) Ameet Parameswaran, "Poverty and Transformative Self in the Left Aesthetic: An Analysis of K. Damodaran's Pattabakki (Rent-Arrears)" on April 22, 2013.