South Asia Through a Global Lens Programme

 14 May 2021 (Online)

Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science

Programme of the Day

Introduction: 9:15-9:30

9:30-11:00 Session 1: Global Contests in South Asia, Chair: Safya Morshed

  • The prominence of peripheral actors in South Asian commercial history: uses of the East India Company archive. By Edmond Smith, University of Manchester
  • Economic shocks and temple desecrations in medieval India.  By Rohit Ticku, Chapman University. Co-authors: Anand Shrivastava (Azim Premji University) and Sriya Iyer (University of Cambridge)
  • Trade disruption, industrialisation, and the setting sun of British colonial rule in India.  By Bjoern Brey, AMSE & University of Nottingham. Co-author: Roberto Bonfatti (University of Padova)

11:00-11:15 Tea Break

11:15-12:45 Session 2: Labour and Migration from a World View, Chair: Alka Raman

  • The 1918 influenza pandemic in India: Mortality estimates and correlates. By Chinmay Tumbe, IIM Ahmedabad
  • Franchise expansion and electoral Mobilization: How caste and migration shaped India's colonial politics. By Ashish Aggarwal, University of Warwick. Co-authors: Ritam Chaury (Johns Hopkins University) and Pravithra Suryanarayan (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Monopsony and moral hazard:  state-sponsored indentureship in the nineteenth century as a contract-enforcement mechanism. By Alexander Persaud, University of Richmond

12:45-1:15 Lunch break

1:15-2:45 Session 3: Global Connections and Comparisons, Chair: Dr Maanik Nath

  • An umbrella system: South Asia in the early modern Atlantic.  By Kazuo Kobayashi, Waseda University
  • Supply of labour during early industrialization: Agricultural systems, textile factory work and gender in Japan and India, ca. 1880-1940. By Aditi Dixit, Utrecht University. Co-author: Elise Van Nederveen Meerkerk (Utrecht University)
  • A capital mistake? Tracing the origins of financial globalization in early modern Eurasian interaction. By Alberto Feenstra, Leiden University

Tea Break: 2:45-3:00

3:00-4:45: Panel Discussion

Discussion on South Asia’s place in global economic history, expert panel comprising:

  • Chair: Dr Leigh Gardner (LSE)
  • Professor Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)
  • Professor B.R. (Tom) Tomlinson (SOAS)
  • Professor Giorgio Riello (European University Institute & University of Warwick)
  • Professor Tirthankar Roy (LSE)