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Events

What's on

The South Asia Centre hosts a variety of events as part of LSE’s engagement with the region. Our events normally run from September to June. All events in 2020-21 are online.  

 

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TOUGH TALK

Does Liberalism Allow Populism?

Date: Wednesday, 20 January

Time: 3.30 pm UK / 9 pm India

PanelistsMichael Freeden, formerly Director, Centre for Political Ideologies is currently Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford; Harsh Gupta 'Madhusudan' (@harshmadhusudan) and Rajeev Mantri (@RMantri) are co-authors of A New Idea of India: Individual Rights in a Civilisational StateAakash Rathore (@aakashrathore) is Permanent Visiting Professor, LUISS University, Rome; Helena Rosenblatt (@HelenaRosenblat) is Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) is author of The Battle of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism, and What it Means to be Indian).

Chair/ModeratorNilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

The online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register to receive updates, and live-streaming link details.  

 

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BANGABANDHU BIRTH CENTENARY TALK

Bangabandhu & Visions of Bangladesh

Date: Wednesday, 27 January

Time: 3 pm GMT / 9 pm Dhaka

Speaker: Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics & Philosophy, Harvard University.

Panelists: Rehman Sobhan (@cpdbd) is an economist, fredom fighter, and Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka; H E Saida Muna Tasneem (@BdhcLondon) is Hon'ble High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom.

Chair: Minouche Shafik is Director, LSE.

Moderator: Alnoor Bhimani (@alnoorbhimani) is Director, LSE South Asia Centre, and Professor of Accounting, LSE. 

This online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register to receive updates, and Live-streaming details.   

This event is part of 'Mujib Borsho', the centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and is in collaboration with the Bangladesh High Commission in the United Kingdom.

 

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THE INDIA CONFERENCE 2021

UK & INDIA after Brexit

Date: Friday, 29 January

Time: 1 pm UK / 6.30 pm India

Speakers: Lord Karan Bilimoria (@Lord_Bilimoria) is Founding Chairman of the UK-India Business Council, President of the Confederation of Business Industries, and President of the UK Council of International Student Affairs; Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) retired as Foreign Secretary, Government of India, and has served as India's Ambassador in the US and China; Sanam Arora (@NISAU_UK) is an LSE alumnus, and Chairperson, National Indian Students and Alumni Union, UK.

Ahaan Gupta (@LSESUIndiaSoc) is studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics at LSE, and is President of LSESU India Society.

Chair: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

This online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register to receive updates, and Live-streaming details. 

This event is in collaboration with the LSESU India Society and National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK.

 

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Rights of Minorities in Pakistan

Date: Tuesday, 2 February

Time: 3.30 pm UK / 8.30 pm Pakistan

Speaker: Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani is former Chief Justice of Pakistan (2013-14)

Discussants: Mahvish Ahmad (@mahvishahmad) is Assistant Professor in Human Rights & Politics, LSE Sociology; Sulema Jahangir (@sj244) is a dual qualified English and Pakistani Advocate, and Honorary Executive Director, AGHS Legal Aid Cell, Lahore.

Mustafa Hiraj (@lsesupakdev) is studying for his LLB at LSE, and is President of LSESU Pakistan Development Society;

Chair/Moderator: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

This online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register for the event, and to receive Live-streaming details. 

This event is in collaboration with the LSESU Pakistan Development Society.  

 

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'Becoming Bangladesh'

A global multi-perspective on the independence & making of Bangladesh through 6 English-language books.

Date: Monday, 8 February 

Time: 3 pm UK / 9 pm Dhaka

Panelists: Gary J Bass (@Gary_Bass) is author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide; Meghna Guha-Thakurta (@meghdola) is a contributor to Of the Nation Born: The Bangladesh Papers; Nayanika Mookherjee (@NakaMookherjee) is the author of Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories, and the Bangladesh War of 1971; Srinath Raghavan (@srinathraghava3) is the author of 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh; Yasmin Saikia has written Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) is the author of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy.

Chair/Moderator: Katy Gardner is Professor in LSE Anthropology, and author of Global Migrants, Local Lives: Travel and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh.

This online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register for the event, and to receive Live-streaming details.

This event inaugurates our series of specially curated events to mark the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh's independence in 2021-22. The LSE South Asia Centre has created a special series of logos to mark the occasion which will appear in all events in this series.   

 

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GEOPOLITICS BEYOND BORDERS 2

Different Stars, Different Stripes: The US in South Asia

Date: Tuesday, 16 February

Time: 4 pm GMT / 11 am ET /  9.30 pm India

Panelists: Husain Haqqani (@husainhaqqani) is Director for South & Central Asia, Hudson Institute, New York, and an expert on US-Pakistan relations;  Daniel Markey (@MarkeyDaniel) is Senior Research Professor in International Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and specialises in US-India relations; Rani D. Mullen (@RaniDMullen) is Associate Professor of Government, College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA, and her expertise is on US-Afghanistan policy relations.

Moderator: Rahul Roy-Chaudhury is Senior Fellow for South Asia, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.

Chair: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre

This online event is free and open to all. Please click here to Register for the event, and to receive Live-streaming details.

This event is in collaboration with LSE IDEAS, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.  

 

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FACT & FICTION

India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders

Date: Sunday, 28 February

Time: 3 pm UK / 8.30 pm India 

This special book event is a discussion between the authors/interviewers Pradeep K Chhibber (Professor & Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies, UC Berkeley) and Harsh J Shah (@harshword; Harvard Business School), and a younger generation of Indian political activists, students and party-workers on competing visions of India's political future.

Discussants: Pushparaj Deshpande (@PushparajVD) is Founder of Samruddha Bharat Foundation, India; Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) is National Vice-President, All India Students Federation; Ali Khan Mahmudabad (@Mahmudabad) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University, Sonepat, and a member of the Samajwadi Party; Vignesh Karthik Rajahmani (@krvtweets) is currently a PhD Scholar at King's India Institute, King's College London, and is researching on the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu, India;  Astik Sinha (@astiksinha) is Head of Policy, and Additional Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

Chair/Moderator: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.  

Registration for this event will begin in w/c 8 February. 

 

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FABIAN DIALOGUES 2

Harold Laski & India's Freedom Struggle

Date: Thursday, 18 March

Time: 3 pm GMT

Panelists: Michael Cox is Professor, LSE IDEAS, and author of a new history of LSE, 'The School: LSE and the Making of the Modern World' (forthcoming); Jeanne Morefield (@JeanneMorefiel1) is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Birmingham, and has written on Laski's 'Habits of Imperialism'; Brant Moscovitch is Resident Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, and has a DPhil on Laski, international students at LSE and anti-colonial activism; Tejas Parasher (@TejasParasher) is Junior Research Fellow, King's College, University of Cambridge, and researches on Laski's Indian students; Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) is Member of Parliament, Karnataka, India, and author of A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V.K. Krishna Menon

Moderator: Andrew Harrop (@andrew_harrop) is General Secretary, Fabian Society.

Chair: Simon Hix (@simonjhix) is Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, and Pro-Director (Research), LSE.

Registration for this event will begin in w/c 1 March.

This event is part of LSE 125 Years anniversary celebrations, and is in collaboration with the Fabian Society.  

 

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Menstruation is Everyone's Business. Period. 

Date: Thursday, 25 March

Time: 3.30 pm GMT

Panelists: Farah Ahamed (@FarahAhamed) is a writer, and editor of an anthology on period poverty in South Asia; Daniel Epstein (@daepstein) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics, UC Irvine, specialising in personal informatics, and has published on menstrual tracking applications; Suhani Jalota (@jalotasuh) is CEO and Founder of Myna Mahila Foundation, and a public health activist in India; Ayra Indrias Patras is a researcher and social activist, and teaches in the Department of Gender Studies, University of Punjab, LahoreTashi Zangmo is Executive Director, Bhutan Nuns Foundation, and has written on the challenges of menstrual hygiene for nuns in Bhutan.

Chair/Moderator: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

Registration for this event will begin in w/c 8 March 2021.