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Name: Priyanka Kaushik
I am pursuing a Ph.D. at Jamia Millia Islamia in the Department of History and Culture, New Delhi, India. I have done Graduation and Post-Graduation (Modern Indian History) from the University of Delhi, India. Before pursuing further research, I completed One Year P.G Diploma Course in Archival Science from the School of Archival Studies, National Archives of India (2017-2018). As part of the practical research training, I did a Dissertation on 'Women through the Lens of Hindi Periodical Literature-1900-1940' based on archival sources. Practical instruction on how to find documents relating to my topic from Archives and how to improve one's study was received while writing it at the National Archives of India. It was put into reality during this time, and I acquired the intricacies of archives and records management by conducting actual work there, proving beneficial to my Ph.D. research. This is how I completed my Dissertation. I had the opportunity to read a lot of research connected to social history and numerous unpublished works when looking for this topic for my Ph.D.
When I was accepted into the International Council on Archives (ICA) New Professionals Program, it was a watershed moment in my professional life. In 2019, I represented India for the first time at the International Conference of the ICA's Young Professional Programme of Archivists in Adelaide, Australia. I have been writing in ICA publications (Flash). During this period, I was exposed to digital archives, which greatly aided my personal and professional growth. I have gained much confidence in presenting and generally expressing my views in the workplace. It has helped to focus my research ideas and interests, and the connections I have made have been invaluable in terms of networking and generally sharing resources and expertise. I am working on a Project, ‘Designing College Archives of Mata Sundari College’ in consultation with Dr. Meena Gautam my guide and teacher.
While in college, I wrote for a college journal and was a regular participant in debate competitions hosted by Delhi University or other Universities. I have also been involved in cultural initiatives. As an alumna of the college's history department, I continue to work on seminars and archive-related projects. I was a member of the committee that prepared the Department of History's seminar.
Wrote an article for my master's thesis based on three primary sources. In this study, I look at three Hindu religious texts: the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ramacharitmanas, and the Durga Shaptashati, to see how religion is perceived and how religious texts' public memory influences and defines gender relations in current society. I presented a paper at the Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi's workshop "Gandhi in His Times and Ours" on "Gandhi and Ambedkar: Dynamics and Dichotomies."
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