Events archive

South Asia Seminar
Manan Ahmed (Columbia)
2 February 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
I present a short overview of my recent book, I closely examine the most complete idea of Hindustan, elaborated by the early seventeenth century Deccan historian Firishta, in his *Tarikh*. The talk... Read more
Vinayak Chaturvedi (University of California, Irvine)
1 February 2021 - 4:00pm
Online - Zoom
South Asian Intellectual History Seminar This paper examines the conceptualization of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as “Veer Savarkar” in the early decades of the twentieth century. It argues that... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Ed Simpson (SOAS)
26 January 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
This talk follows the route of State Highway 31 through western Madhya Pradesh, central India. It is both jaunty road-trip and abject lesson in how to read the global order. This journey takes us... Read more
Karuna Mantena (Columbia University)
25 January 2021 - 4:00pm
Online - Zoom
Karuna Mantena, Professor of Political Science at Columbia, specialises in political theory with research interests in the theory and history of empire, South Asian intellectual history, and... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Robin Rinehart (Lafayette College)
19 January 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
The Dasam Granth , a text attributed to the tenth guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, includes a composition with accounts of twenty-four avatars of the god Vishnu. The concluding story narrates the... Read more
Ali Usman Qasmi (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
18 January 2021 - 4:00pm
Online with Zoom
Ali Usman Qasmi will be presenting a chapter written for an upcoming edited volume, for discussion and debate. Ali Usman Qasmi is Associate Professor (History) at the School of Humanities and Social... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway)
24 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
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
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
Sankar Muthu
13 May 2020 - 5:30pm
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College
European eighteenth-century thinkers were fascinated by what they took to be the astonishing modern creation of the largest possible human community, a kind of global society. Many of them were also... 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

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