Events archive

South Asia Seminar
Gita Piramal (Business Historian, Mumbai; Saïd Business School)
17 May 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Can a company be both a commercial success and a social enterprise? Kamalnayan Bajaj (1915-1972) proved it is possible. Between 1942 and 1972, the group grew from a debt-riddled position to become... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Richard Williams (Oriental Studies; Trinity College, Oxford)
10 May 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
When the ruler of a small eighteenth-century kingdom was being assaulted and pillaged by multiple armies - Rajputs, Marathas, Mughals, and Afghans - why would he invest his resources in ensuring that... Read more
South Asia Seminar
David Lunn (SOAS)
3 May 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Pandey Bechan Sharma (1900–67), known by his pen-name “Ugra” (“fierce”, or “extreme”) has an ambiguous place in the Hindi literary canon. Popular, populist, and unapologetically controversial, he is... Read more
South Asia Seminar
John Slight (St. John's College, Cambridge)
26 April 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
During the colonial period, the British Empire ruled over more Muslims than any other European or Muslim power. The majority of Britain's Muslim subjects lived in India. The British Empire engaged... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Katherine Butler Schofield (King's College London)
8 March 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
How do we write histories of the ephemeral: of affective and sensory experience, of devotional states and journeys, of the live performance of music and dance—of the tangible yet transient texture of... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Sam McNeil (St Antony's), Émile Rolland (St Antony's), Niroshini Sundaresan (Balliol)
23 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Hyderabad and sub-imperial Sovereignty in independent India 1946-1948 Sam McNeil, St Antony's College India’s 1948 police action in Hyderabad is generally understood to have been a resolution to the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dag Erik Berg (Göttingen)
16 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
There has been a tendency in caste studies to explain the origins and existence of caste, relying on structural approaches to explain how it is produced and by whom. This paper seeks to step aside... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Conor Meleady (St Antony's), Anwesha Sengupta (St Catherine's), Smriti Sawkar (St Cross), Gautham Shiralagi (Keble)
9 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Understanding Islamic Revivalism in the British Caliphate: Processes and Consequences Conor Meleady, St Antony's College, will seek to present the processes and consequences of British forms of... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Daniel Hunt, Ria Kapoor (Lady Margaret Hall), Amar Sohal (Merton)
2 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Indian Activism in the Metropole 1880-1900 Daniel Hunt, St Antony's College An examination of Indian parliamentary activism during the emergence of popular democracy, looking in particular at the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dr Laurent Gayer (Sciences Po)
26 January 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
The small qasbah of Amroha, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, presents an unusual record in terms of inter-communal peace. Despite being located in a communally sensitive region, the town has... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Lahore)
19 January 2016 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
The constitution of a country is its 'Supreme National Institution.' Hence, the creation of a constitution is a central process in institution making in a country, as the incentives and disincentives... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Andreas Rieck (Berlin)
1 December 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Fellows' Dining Room
The Shias of Pakistan are the second largest Shia community worldwide after that of Iran, but in Pakistan they constitute only a minority of some 15 per cent. During the last decade they have been... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS)
24 November 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Fellows' Dining Room
This paper will look at the role played by Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi (1903-81) – Cambridge-trained historian of medieval India – in developing a master narrative for the history of Pakistan. The... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Simon Fuchs (Cambridge)
17 November 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Fellows' Dining Room
The talk investigates the transformation of sectarian discourses in Pakistan since the 1970s. I contend that anti-Shiʿi religious scholars considered the Iranian Revolution as a threatening attempt... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Chris Moffat (Queen Mary)
10 November 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Fellows' Dining Room
This paper interrogates the continuing political potential of the martyred revolutionary Bhagat Singh (1907-1931) in twenty-first century India. Rather than the wilful conjuring of the dead for... Read more

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