Historians As Detectives

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Session info

About The Speaker:

Sriram Naganathan is a Core Team member of ThinQ, a collective that works towards enhancing academic intelligence among learners, educators and parents. He has also been closely associated as a resource person with IgnusERG, a group of professionals working to improve the quality of education for marginalized children across India. When he finds time, Sriram teaches History to senior school students at The School-KFI, Chennai.

Sriram trained in Business Journalism at the Times Research Foundation in Delhi and was a Reuter Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He held editorial positions in publications such as Business India and Business World and wrote for publications such as Asian Venture Capital Journal and Oxford Analytica before moving to the field of education full-time. Sriram also advises Venture Intelligence, which tracks deals in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India.

Session Summary:

A historians' work is similar to that of a detective trying to solve a murder mystery. A murder is a past-event. A detective gathers evidence (both direct and circumstantial), testimonies, follows a certain reasoning process and arrives at conclusions. A historian does the same - in fact, his/her job is tougher since in most cases there is only circumstantial evidence. Testimonies may not even exist. The inquiry process followed by a historian is not different from that of a scientist. The talk will highlight these similarities with examples.

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Date: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Time: 6.45 pm to 8:30 pm.

Venue: Online

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