The Partition of British India | Newberry

The Partition of British India

Friday, October 27, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Rajit Mazumder, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The British Indian Empire lasted for nearly two centuries until 1947. Independence, however, came with a division of British India into the two sovereign countries of India and Pakistan in 1947. This seminar begins with an appraisal of the historical antecedents of the Partition of British India. It will then consider some of the important aspects and ramifications of Partition including the creation of the new boundary, the human tragedy that unfolded in the aftermath of the Partition, the nature of state formation, and the gendered impact of the events. The seminar considers individuals, groups, nation states and bureaucratic intervention, ethnic and religious nationalisms, and their interplay through the violent aftermath of the creation of India and Pakistan.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.