Postgraduate Research Seminar

Hyderabad, Charminar, Laad Bazaar

Postgraduate Research Seminar

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Fellows' Dining Room
Speaker(s): 
Sam McNeil (St Antony's)
Émile Rolland (St Antony's)
Niroshini Sundaresan (Balliol)
Convenor: 
Dr F Devji
Series: 
South Asia Seminar

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 internal ‘Indian problem’ of an opportunistic, deluded prince asserting an autonomy that had never existed. I intend to examine whether, by asserting its ambitions for independence from 1947-1948, the Nizam of Hyderabad’s government was exhibiting a ‘sub-imperial sovereignty’, based on a long history of ambiguous power relationships with the EIC and Government of India, that exposed the fragility of the sovereignty of the Indian nation state.

Karachi: Violence and its Perception in the post-9/11 World
Émile Rolland, St Antony's College
This paper intends to look at several violent events of the post-9/11 world which have taken place in Karachi and have played a large role in shaping perceptions of how the city is imagined and construed (i.e., the assassination of Daniel Pearl). Émile Rolland will attempt to deconstruct the multiple narratives that were created in the aftermath of these events, as well as assemble a new master narrative in order to render the city legible, by drawing on a number of English and Pakistani newspaper sources as well as novels.

Echoes of the Nation and Gender in Image and Poetry: Reading Ragamala Paintings
Nisha Somasundaram, Balliol College
The presentation seeks to illustrate depictions in ragamala paintings of the 17th and 18th century and explore how these paintings and underlying poetry have been interpreted by art historians of the nationalist period in India and how these readings continue to influence contemporary understandings of the nation and gender.

This seminar series is organised with the support of the History Faculty.