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Please note that events in Michaelmas Term 2022 are on different days/times of the week. All events are online, except 'Pakistan @ 75', the LSE Pakistan Summit on 5 November 2022, which will be in Lahore. All our events are FREE to attend.   

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THE FUTURE OF JIHADISM IN AFGHANISTAN

Online Roundtable to discuss the future of Jihadism in Afghanistan, and its various interrelated ramifications.

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 October 2022 | 3.30pm UK / 7pm Afghanistan

SpeakersBarak Mendelsohn (@BarakMendelsohn) is Professor of Political Science, Haverford College, USA. His research interests focus especially on the al-Qaeda Movement, and he is the author of Jihadism Constrained: The Limits of Transnational Jihadism and What it Means for Counterterrorism (2019); Dr Ashley Jackson (a_a_jackson) is Co-Founder & Co-Director of the Centre on Armed Groups, Research Associate at ODI Global, London & at the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group, King's College London. She has worked on Afghanistan for more than a decade, and has published extensively on the Taliban, including Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan (2022); Ali Mohammad Ali (@Ali_CRPA) is an independent consultant and researcher. From 2018 to 2021, he was Director General of Strategic Intelligence for the National Security Council of Afghanistan. He has expertise on radical Islamist groups like the Taliban, al-Qaeda in South Asia, ISIS-Khorasan, drug-trafficking and money-laundering networks, Afghanistan’s politics, economy and state, as well as Iran’s and Pakistan’s use of non-state actors in foreign policy.

DiscussantDr Antonio Giustozzi (@AntonioGiustoz2) is Visiting Fellow at the LSE South Asia Centre, and an independent researcher & analyst with a special interest in conflicts, war, security & strategic issues in Afghanistan, and the region. He has published extensively on the subject, including most recently, The Taliban at War: 2001-2021 (2022).

ChairDr Nilanjan Sarkar (@SAsiaLSE) is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

Image: Zabihullah Habibi, 'Buddha of Bamiyan, the Beautiful City', 2021, Unsplash.  

Please register free here to receive the livestream link for the event. The link will be e-mailed to you on the day of the event.

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LOOKING AHEAD IN SRI LANKA 

A Roundtable with economics, finance and banking experts on practical & workable steps for Sri Lanka to emerge out of its economic crisis.

Date/Time: Tuesday, 11 October 2022 | 4.30pm UK / 9pm Sri Lanka

SpeakersDr Sharmini Coorey is a member of Sri Lanka's Presidential Advisory Group on Multilateral Engagement & Debt Sustainability. Until 2021, she was Director, Institute for Capacity Development at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sharmini holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard UniversityRicardo Reis (@R2Rsquared) is Arthur Williams Phillips Professor of Economics at LSE, and an expert in international macroeconomics, amongst much else; Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja is Professorial Fellow in Economics & Trade at Gateway House, Mumbai, and Senior Research Associate at ODI Global, London.  Earlier, he was Director of Research at ADB Institute, Tokyo, and Executive Director of Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry think tank; Anushka Wijesinha (@anushwij) is an economist, and Co-Founder of 'Centre for a Smart Future', a public policy think tank based in Colombo. His recent work has spanned Pakistan, Iran, Myanmar & the Maldives. Previously, he was Advisor to the Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade in Colombo, and Chief Economist at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

DiscussantNasser Munjee, an LSE alumnus, is an expert in banking & finance, Chairman of Tata Motor Finance Ltd (and Member of other Corporate Boards), and Chair of the Senior Advisory Board, LSE South Asia Centre.

ChairDr Nilanjan Sarkar (@SAsiaLSE) is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

Image: Drew Farwell, 'Scouting beaches via Tuk-Tuk in Sri Lanka', Ahangama, 2018, Unsplash.   

Please register free here to receive the livestream link for the event. The link will be e-mailed to you on the day of the event.

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PAKISTAN @ 75: LSE PAKISTAN SUMMIT 2022

A Roundtable to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Pakistan's birth & independence. 

Date/Time: Saturday, 5 November 2022, 9.30am onwards 

THIS EVENT IS IN-PERSON AT LAHORE UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (LUMS), LAHORE

PANEL 1: Decolonisation of Law 

PANEL 2: Development Strategies Ahead

IN CONVERSATION

Director Professor Alnoor Bhimani in conversation with Syed Babar Ali

This event is in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and will not be live-streamed. Please e-mail southasiacentre@lse.ac.uk if you would like to attend this event in person.

The ‘Pakistan @ 75’ logo is copyrighted by the LSE South Asia Centre, and may not be used by anyone for any purpose. It shows the national flower of Pakistan, Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), framed in a filigree design adapted from Islamic architecture. The logo has been designed by Oroon Das.

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TRACES OF HISTORY: Fragmentary Archives & Narratives in South Asia

How do we write academic narratives when the archives are fragmentary, with traces connected by gaps? 

Date/Time: Thursday, 10 November 2022, 3.30pm UK

SpeakersAntoinette Burton is Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A historian of 19th-20th century Britain & Empire, she has used the archives of The Women's Library collection at LSE Library, and is editor of Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History (2005) amongst much else; Natalie Zemon Davis (to be confirmed) is Professor Emerita in History at the University of Toronto. Her Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds (2007) is 'a virtuoso study of the fragmentary, partial, and often contradictory traces that al-Hasan al-Wazzan left behind him'; Niraja Gopal Jayal is Avantha Chair Professor, King's College London, and Centennial Professor in Gender Studies at LSE. She is currently writing a biography of Hansa Mehta, for whom archival evidence is sparse especially for her time at the LSE; Dr Gillian Murphy (@_gillianmurphy) is Curator for Equality, Rights & Citizenship at LSE Library. She promotes The Women's Library collection & the Hall-Carpenter ArchivesDaniel Payne (@politicscurator) is Curator for Politics and International Relations at LSE Library. In 2021, he curated 'Educate, Agitate, Organise: Ambedkar and LSE', an online exhibition based on documents in LSE Library.

DiscussantShahid Amin retired as Professor in History, University of Delhi. He is the author, most recently, of Conquest and Community: The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan (2015).

ChairDr Nilanjan Sarkar (@SAsiaLSE) is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

This event is in collaboration with LSE Library.

Image: Catarina Carvalho, 'District Archives, Leiria', Portugal, 2018, Unsplash

Please register free here to receive the livestream link for the event. The link will be e-mailed to you on the day of the event.

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NARRATING DEMOCRACY: Peoples & Futures of Myanmar

A panel discussion on the futures of democracy in Myanmar, focused on the recently published 'Narrating Democracy in Myanmar: The Struggle between Activists, Democratic Leaders and Aid Workers' (2021).

Date/Time: Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 3.30pm UK | 10pm Myanmar

PanelistsRichard Roewer (@RoewerRichard)has worked on Myanmar for several years, and is currently Chairman, Initiative Austausch e.V. (Exchange Initiative), a registered, independent, non-profit organisation focusing on political education in Myanmar. He is also reading for his DPhil in politics at St Antony's College, Oxford; Dr Ashley South is an independent author & researcher, and Research Fellow at Chiang Mai University. His research interests are in ethnic conflict, self-determination struggles and peace processes in Myanmar & Mindanao amongst others, and is author, most recently, of 'A New Look at Federalism in Myanmar' (2022); Minn Tent Bo (@tent_bo) is an independent analyst working on human rights and democracy in Myanmar. He has over 15 years of experience working on Myanmar and Southeast Asia for international organisations and embassies; his research interests include majoritarian nationalism, gender-based violence, and legal frameworks; Dr Tharaphi Than (@tharaphithan) is Associate Professor in World Languages & Cultures, Northern Illinois University, USA, and author, most recently, of Women in Modern Burma (2014); Dr Tamas Wells (@TamasWells) is Research Coordinator at the University of Melbourne, and author of Narrating Democracy in Myanmar: The Struggle between Activists, Democratic Leaders and Aid Workers (2021).

DiscussantDr Gerard McCarthy (@gerardtmccarthy) is currently Visiting Fellow at the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, and Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

ChairDr Nilanjan Sarkar (@SAsiaLSE) is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.

This event is in collaboration with the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.

Image: Enchax Creative, '"Nothing burns like the cold so keep raising your frozen fingers." The three-finger salute has become a symbol of resistance in protest and in art. Across the milk-tea nations, from Myanmar to Thailand to Hong Kong, the gesture represents global solidarity for democracy', Myanmar, 2021, Unsplash

Please register free here to receive the livestream link for the event. The link will be e-mailed to you on the day of the event.