The Indian History Congress (IHC) is the foremost body of historians from all over India and overseas.
The Indian History Congress, which came into existence in 1935, is the most representative body of teachers and researchers on countless aspects of Indian history.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University has been given the privilege of hosting the significant occasion of Indian History Congress’ Platinum Jubilee session for the maiden time in its history.
The three day annual session of the Congress, usually held in the last week of December, brings more than 1500 paper presenters and another 500 representatives from across the country and the world, onto one podium where young researchers interact and engage with senior scholars for the exchange of ideas.
The Indian History Congress since its origin has striven to uphold academic standards in the discipline of history, as well as in interdisciplinary higher education.
The IHC organises presentations in six broad areas of historical study: Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Archeology, Contemporary history of India and Countries other than India.
The following areas are looked under these broad themes :
- Economic Aspect: In this area of scholarship analysis of the agrarian society, trade and commerce, trends of transformation in economic industrialisation and globalisation, the change and significance of technology in ushering economic development is broadly delved into.
- Social Aspect: Under this head, the question of caste, class, gender, Dalits, tribals and other marginal are studied along with issues of discrimination, exclusion and strategies of inclusion is discussed.
- Religious and Cultural Aspect: The religious institutes and their idea, rituals and practices are studied under this broad section. Studies of art and architecture, music, dance and other performative traditions, issues related to everyday life and cultural expressions are also dealt by scholars specializing on Religion and culture.
- Political Aspect: The concept of state political ideas and institutions, structures of governance, internal and external influence on states policies, issues of welfare and other agendas of the state are dealt in this segment.
This kind of a conference initiates dialogues in interdisciplinary proportions of historical research amongst young as well as established scholars which will help in nation building and a deeper indulgent of the nuances present in the society, economy, culture and polity of the country.
Some of the stalwarts of Indian history such as D.D. Kosambi, Niharranjan Ray, Irfan Habib, R.S. Sharma, Satish Chandra and Romila Thapar have shaped and nurtured the Congress over the decades.
The Indian History Congress has been giving the platform for the maturing and young researchers to have dialogues on recent leanings of research.