Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Dr. Rohee Dasgupta (centre in the picture) is an Associate Professor in the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University. She is the Executive Director of the Centre for European Studies, and Faculty Convener of Jindal Centre for Israel Studies at JSIA. She was a Fellow at European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Summer School, organised by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (funded by the European Union) in July 2014 and a visiting scholar in 2007 at the Simon Dubnow Institute of Jewish Culture and History at Leipzig University, Germany as well as at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, USA in 2012.  She also attended the Arts & Humanities Research Board, UK funded doctoral training week on Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway University of London in April 2005. In addition to this, she presented a paper titled ‘Parallel Narratives: Politics of Identity and Holocaust Memorialization in Israel’ at an international workshop, "Entangled Legacies: Enlightenment, Colonialism and the Holocaust", organised by the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies, Excellence Cluster: The Formation of Normative Orders, Goethe University, Frankfurt, in September 2012, and a paper titled, “Jewish Identity in Poland after 1945” at the Holocaust Postgraduate Symposium, Royal Holloway University of London, September 2006. She was invited to participate in a conference on International Holocaust Education in September and October 2015 at Washington D.C. jointly funded by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and UNESCO and in February 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Congress meet at Lucerne, Switzerland. She is currently co-authoring a book on Introducing Holocaust Studies in Indian Higher Education with Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi. She tweets: @roheedg

Professor P R Kumaraswamy (extreme right in the photo) is the Honorary Director of the Middle East Institute, New Delhi. His numerous publications include, India's Israel Policy (Columbia University Press, 2010).

Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi (extreme left in the photo) is an Indo-Judaic Studies Scholar working as Assistant Professor of History at Presidency University, Kolkata, India. He has held visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute of Asian Studies in Australia; Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK; Tel Aviv University, Israel; and the Centre for Communication & Development Studies, Pune, India, and his lectures have been well received in Australia, Austria, India, Israel, Switzerland, UK and USA. He sits on the editorial boards of the peer reviewed journals Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies and The Social Ion, on the international advisory board of the Asian Jewish Life and the Jerusalem Press Club, and is referee to the Journal of Studies in History & Culture and the Journal of South Asian Studies. He has to his credit a number of publications which have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Russian and Turkish and the first ever Holocaust Films Retrospective in South Asia, which he held in 2009 at the universities in Lucknow (India), a major centre of Muslim scholarship. His latest book is Jews, Judaizing Movements and the Traditions of Israelite Descent in South Asia, Pragati Books, New Delhi, 2016. He is also the Founder and Honorary Executive Director of the Youth Outreach Program of the Society for Social Regeneration & Equity (SSRE), the only NGO in South Asia dedicated to raising Holocaust awareness and combating anti-Semitism. He has continued to screen Holocaust films at Gautam Buddha University, which he joined in 2010. He inspired the students there to write and stage the first ever Holocaust themed Hindi language play under the auspices of his NGO in 2015, and now plans to organize yet another Holocaust Films Retrospective  to generate interest in Holocaust Studies in South Asia. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Holocaust and Genocide Education and was a delegate at the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2014. He has given presentations and/or participated in panel discussions on Holocaust education at conferences at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC and at the Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee. He has just introduced a postgraduate course on Mass Violence focused on the Holocaust at Presidency University, Kolkata, perhaps the only such course in South Asia. One can read more about him on . Many of his publications can be accessed here: . He can be followed on Twitter @Navras_Aafreedi

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