Events archive

South Asia Seminar
John E Cort (Denison)
17 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Event
In his presentation, Cort starts with the observation that there are ten carved wooden Jain domestic shrines (ghar derāsar) in American museum collections. This raises a question: how and why did... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Cynthia Talbot (Texas at Austin)
10 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Event
ABSTRACT What did loyalty mean to warriors in the rapidly changing political landscape of early modern North India? I look at three case studies from the late sixteenth century in which elite... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Happymon Jacob (JNU)
3 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
Abstract Unlike ever before in India’s history, domestic political calculations and audience costs dictate the shaping of the country’s foreign and security policy. Under the Bharatiya Janata Party... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dr Philip Lutgendorf (Iowa)
27 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
(abstract) This illustrated talk details the promotion and spread of tea-drinking in 20th century India. Drawing on both archival and field research, it focuses on the mass popularization of “chai”... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dilip Menon (Witwatersrand)
20 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
Abstract Conjunctures and crises reveal the fault lines of a society. Covid 19 and the resultant lockdown in India have brought back memories of the devastation wrought by the flu epidemic of 1918... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Nayanika Mathur (CSASP/ OSGA, Oxford) , Rosalind O'Hanlon (Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford)
13 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
Abstract In this opening session of the Modern South Asian Studies seminars, we put the disciplines of history and anthropology into conversation with one another to consider how the academic study... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway)
12 May 2020 - 2:00pm
This talk explores connections between ‘development’ and the politics of agrarian reform in Sindh (Pakistan) during the period of transition straddling Independence. On the one hand, it highlights... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Rohan Deb Roy
28 April 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
By focussing on the history of white ants in colonial South Asia, this talk argues that co-constitutive encounters between the worlds of insects and politics have been an intrinsic feature of British... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Salman Choudhry, Raja Ali Muhammad Saleem
3 March 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room
The ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation sponsors three visiting fellowships for scholars or senior professionals from Pakistan to spend up to two months at the University of Oxford’s Contemporary South Asian... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Edward Simpson (SOAS, University of London)
25 February 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
This talk suggests that road building in South Asia was naturalised in the twentieth century to the point of common sense. Consequently, road building is now part of a system of climate change denial... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Roy S. Fischel (SOAS, University of London)
18 February 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
The language of kingship in early modern India has often been discussed as an issue of power and spiritual authority with a millenarian flavour. Multiple origins were grouped to create a composite... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Uma Pradhan (Oxford)
11 February 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
Universal schooling has long been considered imperative in attaining better future; both for the state and its people, especially in the Global South. This presentation traces these narratives of ‘... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Jesus Chairez-Garza (University of Manchester)
4 February 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
This paper explores a largely unknown intellectual and political connection between India and Mexico in the early twentieth century. First, I look at the life of Pandurang Khankhoje, an India... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Vinita Damodaran (Sussex)
28 January 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
This seminar will discuss the impact of globalisation on the forested landscapes and indigenous or adivasi cultures of India will focus on the environmental and mining history of Eastern India and... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford)
21 January 2020 - 2:00pm
Syndicate Room, St Antony's College
Barbara Harriss-White drove from Cambridge to New Delhi in 1969 and has studied and taught about India ever since, working in the cracks between political economy and economic anthropology. She (co)... Read more

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