‘Maratha-Mughal Relations: Through North-South Historical Linkage’,

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Call for Papers
February 19, 2017 to February 21, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Sociology, South Asian History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Department Of History and Culture, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Organizes On Occasion Of ‘350th Anniversary Of Visit Of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj In Agra’ An International Conference On  Theme: ‘Maratha-Mughal Relations: Through North-South Historical Linkage’, Dates: 19th, 20th And 21st Feb, 2017, Venue: Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, U.P.


CONCEPT NOTE: The north-south (Deccan) connections have always evoked respite and curiosity among scholars and commoners, ‘Maratha-Mughal Relations: Through North-South Historical linkage’ is an attempt to explore the historical connection through cultural, political and economic perspectives between two main regions of Indian Sub-continent i.e. The Great Indian Plains nurtured by river Ganges and river Yamuna and The Deccan Plateau cultures where civilizations’ were cradled on the banks of River Narmada, Godavari and Krishna. These river cultures of northern and southern regions of Indian sub-continent, harnessed regional cultures’ and also through their trade routes consistently allowed people of north-south to exchange commerce and cultures. For Southern-Deccan region North remained region of pilgrim where religious fervors of Adi-Shankarashayra made way to Kashi and Shrinageri and since times of Agastya rishi, Southern Niligiri gave way to vedic and Upanishadic philosophy in Southern-Deccan parts of India, the mythological sacred tales of Ganesha and Murugan gave base to Ashtavinyaka and Mugudi hill pilgrimage in South-Deccan India, similarly, Shiva and Vishnu were worshipped through Lingyata and Vithala forms in Deccan. The South-Deccan connects to North remains in cultural and commercial paths. If Ganga flows in northern Indian plains then Dakshin Ganga or Godavari flows and nourishes people in Deccan and South. With these historical-political and geographical inter-links, north and south always exchanged their cultural, religious and commercial pathways and practices.


When Allauddin Khalji in 1307 invaded Devgiri north-south (Deccan) political linkages became even more vivid. This north-South linkages through Deccan hills of Vindhyas and Satpuda gave way to an exclusive culture of Marathas, Kannadas and Telugus, Ferishta in his text ‘Tarikh-I-Fehrishta’, beautifully explains about Deccan and its Socio-political form. After Khalji’s it was Muhammad-Bin-Tughlaq who made Devgiri its capital town and brought entire Delhi in renamed city of Devgiri to Daulatabad. Since then, we see that the cultural conflict and assimilative tendencies continued to grow between north and south/Deccan. Mughals under Akbar’s regime gained entry in Deccan. It was during Akbar’s conquest of Malwa (1561) and Gujarat (1573) and with his attempts in Khandesh and Nizamshahi areas that he not only entered region of Deccan and made his son Danial marry a princess of Deccan sultans but also experienced the region of Dakshin Kashi i.e. Pratishthan or Paithan. Later during era of Aurangzeb and his encounters with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and imprisonment of Shivaji in Agra in 1676 is the core theme of conference. Mughal’s encounter with Deccan was not only political but it also transformed the way Mughal understood Indian sub-continent and its political and cultural network. We cannot deny that it’s the politics of Deccan which gradually brought the downfall of Mughals from seats of Agra, Lahore and Delhi. Mughals relations with Marathas in 17th century changed the political and cultural discourse of Indian sub-continent. With Maratha, Rajput and Sikh relations with Mughals in India, a new trajectory entered cultural and political history of India which completely changed the political map of India in 18th to 19th century, bringing cultural plurality in Indian sub-continent and renewed rulers emerging from Mughal mansabdars (as Nawabs and Nizams), Maratha Sardars- Peshwas, Rajput rajas, Sikh Sardars and Jat war in North West frontiers of India who all became descendants of Mughals and remained to be so with the end of princely/royal status in India in 1971.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: With these historical backgrounds, the proposed conference intends to explore the North-Deccan/South historical connections through political and cultural facets. We invite scholars from the social sciences and humanities, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research areas, to contribute paper proposals related to the above theme for this conference with following themes for paper abstracts and submission guidelines:

1) Mughal-Maratha relations: 1630-1857,

2) Pre-Mughal entrants in Deccan, 

3) Socio-cultural connect between North and Deccan from 14th to 18th century, 

4) Maratha Sardars politico-cultural centers in India in 17th and 18th century, 

5) Economic and religious influence of Mughal-Maratha relations etc, 

6) Maratha Jat relation during the eighteenth century., 

7) Relationship between empires and component regional powers., 

8) Relation of power vis-à-vis religion caste, class and gender identities., 

9) Papers on Agra division and all aspects related to Marathas are also welcome.

PAPER ABSTRACT TECHNICAL GUIDELINES: The abstract to be submitted in 150-300 words in English with font size 12 in Times New Roman. The abstract should be submitted with a brief bio-note of the author by 30th November, 2016 to following email addresses: bd_shukl@rediffmail.com &  binasengar2016@gmail.com

PRESENTATIONS FORMAT:  Invited Talks,  Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions


Dr. Anil Kumar Verma: Head, Deptt. of History & Culture, Dr. B.A. U., Agra, U.P.

Prof. Satish Chandra Mittal, Deptt. of History, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana

Prof. Sugam Anand: Professor of History, Deptt. of History and Culture, Dr. B.R.A, Agra, U.P.

Prof. V.L. Dharurkar: Director, School of Liberal Arts, Dr. BAMU, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 

Prof. P.K. Ghosh: Professor, Department of History, Lucknow University, Lucknow, UP

Prof Ravindra Sharma: Prof in History, Kurukshetra University, Haryana

Prof. Danial Jasper: Prof. in Sociology, Moravian College, USA  

Prof. Dusan Deak: Prof. of Religion and History, University of Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe

Prof. A.K. Singh: Retd Prof., Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra

Dr. Jason Schwartz: Fellow in History, University of California, USA     



Contact Info: 


Conference Organizing Committee-Convener

Dr. B.D. Shukla,

Assistant Professor

Department of History and Culture

Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, U.P., India

E.mail: bd_shukl@rediffmail.com

Mobile: +91-9411461014, 07906759546


Academic Committee-Secretary

Dr. Bina Sengar

Assistant Professor,

Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture

School of Social Sciences

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

Aurangabad-431004, E.mail: binasengar2016@gmail.com

Mobile: +91-8308600876

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