Events archive

South Asia Seminar
Zoltán Biedermann (University College London) and Alan Strathern (Brasenose)
6 February 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
The presenters will reflect on their proposal to draw Sri Lanka into the paradigm of global history through the recently published edited collection Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History (UCL, 2017... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Adnan Naseemullah (King's College London)
30 January 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Why have growth rates have dramatically diverged between India and Pakistan since the 1990s, when their economic and political institutions have increasingly converged? This paper argues that... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Shapan Adnan
23 January 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
The Rohingyas violently expelled by Myanmar are not recognized as international refugees by Bangladesh. Despite lacking citizenship and the right to work, they have sought to survive through covert... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Sanal Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi University)
16 January 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Missionary Christianity in Kerala, contrary to the received notions in social sciences, offered a new language of internal deliberations to Dalits and provided them agency different from their... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Kunal Sen (Manchester)
28 November 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
India has historically performed badly in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators and a key objective of the current Indian government is about improving de jure rules around investment decisions... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Ian Talbot (Southampton)
21 November 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
The paper examines the roles of three influential heads of the British High Commission in Pakistan’s early post-independence history, Sir Gilbert Laithwaite (1951-4), Sir Alexander Symon (1954-61)... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Johnathan Spencer (Edinburgh)
14 November 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Jonathan Spencer is Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh. He has carried out research in Sri Lanka since the early 1980s. His most recent book... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Alessandra Mezzadri (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
7 November 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Drawing from Marxian and feminist insights, this presentation, based on a recently completed book, theorizes the garment sweatshop in India as a complex 'regime' of exploitation and oppression,... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Rajesh Venugopal (London School of Economics)
31 October 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
This paper (joint work with Shalaka Thakur) examines the parallel governance system that has emerged under the protracted ceasefire between the Indian government and the separatist National Socialist... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Natasha Eaton (University College London)
24 October 2017 - 2:00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Can the world be thought of in terms of sepia and light? This talk will explore the relationship between archaic labour and photography in colonial Ceylon with an emphasis on pearlescence and how... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Vijay Joshi (Merton)
17 October 2017 - 2:00pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre
Vijay Joshi is Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. His main areas of interest are Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development Economics, and he has published widely in these fields... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Yasser Arafath (Delhi)
10 October 2017 - 2:00pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre
As the Portuguese’s entry opened up a turbulent time in the Indian Ocean, Muslim scribal elites across the region presented them within the image of idolatrous infidels. Writing in Arabic, the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Jason Keith Fernandes (Lisbon)
6 June 2017 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
Exploring the emotional terrain of the citizenship experiences of groups in Goa this paper will argue that through the linguistic choices made by the government of Goa it is not merely caste that is... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Teena Purohit (Boston)
30 May 2017 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
This talk examines the writings of Jamal al-din al-Afghani (1838-1897) with particular attention to his polemical piece against Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898), entitled “The Refutation of the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Hayden J. Bellenoit (US Naval Academy)
23 May 2017 - 2:00pm
Fellows' Dining Room
The transition to colonialism in South Asian history has been a vibrant and hotly contested part of India’s history. The role of scribes as historical actors of change in India’s history has only... Read more

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