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Upcoming Events

Journeys to Independence Exhibition

Exhibtion: Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Curated by LSE Library in partnership with the South Asia Centre

Monday 18th September - Friday 15th December 2017

9am - 7pm Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat/Sun

LSE Library Gallery, LSE Library

Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh  draws on the archives of LSE Library, giving a British perspective on the Indian subcontinent during the 20th century. It includes material related to the Civil Disobedience Movement, British women campaigning in India for birth control, and the founding of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Also on display are archives demonstrating LSE’s historic relationship with the region, including LSE alumnus and champion of Dalit rights Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

For more information, and to hear a podcast giving a taster of the materials on display, visit the exhibition page here.

 
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The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Geographical Imagination of Pakistan

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 16th October 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Vera Anstey Suite, OLD

Speaker: Dr Lucy Chester

The Radcliffe Boundary Commission, which drew the lines dividing India and Pakistan in 1947, brought both the culmination of hopes for an independent Muslim state in South Asia and disappointment for those who had imagined that state in a different geographic form.  Proponents of ‘Pakistan’ in the 1930s and 1940s held a variety of views about its rightful boundaries; this talk will examine the effects of earlier visualisations of that Pakistan on the work of the Radcliffe Commission.

Dr Lucy Chester is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lucy’s monograph Borders and Conflicts in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab (2009) is the only modern study of the drawing of the Radcliffe Line (separating India and Pakistan) by Sir Cyril Radcliffe a few months before the partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947. Her more recent research has been on cartography, and on Britain and the Palestine Mandate.

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh" in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries.    

 
Afghanistan

Afghanistan in Global Affairs: New Histories and Perspectives

This is a South Asia Centre roundtable discussion in collaboration with the Department of International Relations.

Thursday, 19th October 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

CLM 3.02, LSE

Speakers: Dr Dawood Azami, Dr Martin Bayly, Dr Elisabeth Leake and Dr Timothy Nunan

Chair: Professor Christopher Coker

This is an interdisciplinary public roundtable discussion showcasing new research, histories, and perspectives on Afghanistan in international affairs.

Dr Dawood Azami is an award-winning BBC senior broadcast journalist and academic.

Dr Martin Bayly is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of International Relations and Centre for International Studies, LSE.

Dr Elisabeth Leake is a lecturer in International History at the University of Leeds

Dr Timothy Nunan is the Freigeist Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and a scholar of international and global history.

Professor Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at LSE.

This event is free and open to all. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For any queries, please contact <s.wise3@lse.ac.uk> or phone 0207 955 6821.

Event image credit: Farin Sadiq on Unsplash
 
SoldiersofEmpire

Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World

War II

This is a South Asia Centre event in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and LSE IDEAS.

Thursday, 9th November 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

TW2 Room 9.04, LSE

Speakers: Dr Tarak Barkawi, Professor Gurminder Bhambra, Professor Susan Carruthers, Professor Patrick Porter, 

Chair: Dr  Anna Stavrianakis

Join us for the launch of Dr Tarak Barkawi’s Soldiers of Empire, a new book from Cambridge University Press which re-imagines the study of soldiers and society. Drawing on history, sociology, and anthropology, the book critiques the “Western way of war” from a postcolonial perspective. 

Dr Tarak Barkawi is Reader in International Relations at LSE. 

Professor Gurminder Bhambra (@GKBhambra) is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex.

Professor Susan Carruthers is Professor of History at Warwick University. 

Professor Patrick Porter (@PatPorter76) is Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter. 

Dr Anna Stavrianakis (@StavrianakisA) is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex.

This event is free and open to all. To register a place, please e-mail s.wise3@lse.ac.uk. For any queries email s.wise3@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6821.

 
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Nature and Nation: India’s Post-Independence Environmental Transformations

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 13th November 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Vera Anstey Suite, OLD

Speaker: Dr Mahesh Rangarajan

The aftermath of Indian independence not only witnessed an acceleration of rates of economic and demographic expansion, but was also a period when the ways in which people related to the environment underwent changes. These were of defining significance both in terms of ecological destruction and measures for conservation, yet are often overshadowed by socio-political narratives. This talk will reflect more deeply on the processes behind independent India’s environmental shifts and how its nature was remade.

Dr Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, Sonepat. He has written extensively on environment in Indian history. His most recent publication is Nature and Nation: Essays on Environmental History (2015), which discusses events and processes that show how specific environmental changes happened, and the global ecological dimensions of Indian transformations.

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh"  in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries

 
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Pakistan and the Grand Narratives of 20th Century History 

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 4th December 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr David Gilmartin

The birth of Pakistan as an historical event varies depending on the lens through which it is viewed and interpreted. In this talk, David Gilmartin will explore the different understandings of Pakistan produced by competing narratives of 20th century world history, whether it is empire and nation, religion and democracy, or environment and development.

Dr David Gilmartin is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the intersection between history and imperialism in South Asia; he is currently working on the legal inheritances of India’s electoral institutions from colonial times, and their concomitant visions of sovereignty. His most recent publication is Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (2015).

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh"  in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries.    

 
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