Summer Term 2022

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INDIA @ 75

'Experiences with Adjudication: Reconciling Rights, Identities & Prejudices'

Wednesday | 22 June 2022 | 6.30pm UK

A special lecture to commemorate 'India @ 75' by Hon'ble Dr Justice D. Y. Chandrachud , Sitting Judge of Supreme Court of India & incoming Chief Justice of India. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Sanam Arora (@arora_sanam) is an LSE alumnus, and Founder & Chairperson of National Indian Students & Alumni Union (@NISAU_UK), UK.  

ChairAlnoor Bhimani (@AlnoorBhimani) is Director, LSE South Asia Centre (@SAsiaLSE), and Professor of Management Accounting (@LSE_Accounting), LSE.

Venue: Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, LSE, London WC2A.

This event is in collaboration with National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU), UK.

Image credit: 'India @ 75' by Oroon Das. This image is copyrighted and may not be used by anyone. It is part of a special series commissioned by the LSE South Asia Centre to commemorate its 'India @ 75' events.

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THE SPICE ROUTE: Connected Histories in South & Southeast Asia

Thursday | 16 June 2022 |12.30pm UK | 7.30pm Singapore

Roundtable with historians & art historians, discussing the connected histories between South & Southeast Asia along the spice trade routes.

Speakers: Daud Ali is Associate Professor in South Asia Studies (@SouthAsiaPenn) at the University of Pennsylvania (@Penn), a historian of early medieval South Asia & has researched/published on historical connections between South & Southeast Asia; William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) is a multi-award winning historian & writer; his forthcoming book, 'The Golden Road', looks at the connected histories of South & Southeast Asia, particularly those emanating from India; Vidya Dehejia is Barbara Stoler Miller Professor (Emerita) of Indian & South Asian Art in the Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University (@Columbia), and has published extensively on South & Southeast Asian art; Elizabeth Lambourn is Professor of Material Histories, De Montfort University (@dmuleicester), and is an expert on Indian Ocean histories from AD 600-1500 on which she has published several monographs.

DiscussantJeffrey Say is an art historian specialising in Singapore & Southeast Asian art histories at LaSalle College of the Arts (@LASALLESG), Singapore, and co-editor of Institutions, Intersections, Innovations: A Reader in Singapore Modern Art (forthcoming).

ChairNilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre (@SAsiaLSE)

This event is in collaboration with LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

Photo credit: Crawford Jolly, Unsplash 

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The Importance of Being a Woman Business School Dean

Thursday | 9 June 2022 | 3.30pm UK

This panel discussion will focus on barriers women face as managers, and what Business Schools can do to prepare them for success.

SpeakersAsma Hyder (@AsmaHyder) is Professor & Dean, School of Economics & Social Sciences (@IBACBER), Institute of Business Administration (@ibakarachi), Karachi, Pakistan; Leila Triki (@leilatriki) is Dean, Mediterranean School of Business, South Mediterranean University (@MSBTunis), Tunis, Tunisia; Rama Yelkur is Dean, College of Business (@twucob), Texas Woman's University (@txwomans).

ChairAlnoor Bhimani (@AlnoorBhimani) is Director, LSE South Asia Centre (@SAsiaLSE), and Professor of Management Accounting (@LSE_Accounting) at LSE.

Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema, 'The Most Intimidating Thing as a Designer', Unsplash

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Taliban & State-building in Afghanistan

Thursday | 26 May 2022 | 3.30pm UK | 8pm Afghanistan   

Roundtable on state-building under the Taliban in Afghanistan, with Speakers from within and outside the country.

SpeakersObaidullah Baheer (@ObaidullaBaheer) was, until August 2021, Lecturer in Transitional Justice at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, and more recently, Visiting Scholar at The New School, New York. He lives in Kabul, and has been a vocal advocate of inclusive & citizen-centric state-building in Afghanistan; Romain Malejacq (@afghanopoly) is Assistant Professor in International Relations, Radboud University (@Radboud_Uni), Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and is author of Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan (2019); Mahbouba Seraj (@SerajMahbouba) is Director, Afghan Women Skills Development Center (@AWSDC1) and Founder & President, Organisation for Research in Peace & Solidarity -- both in Kabul. Seraj lives in Kabul, advocating for the rights of women in Afghanistan.

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

Photo credit: Joel Heard, Unsplash

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Ugandan Indians-Portraits

'90 Days & 50 Pounds': Idi Amin, Uganda & the Disbursal of South Asians

Thursday | 19 May 2022 | 3.30pm UK

Roundtable to mark the 50th anniversary of the disbursal of South Asians/Indians from Uganda in 1972 on the orders of President Idi Amin.

SpeakersSana Aiyar is Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@MITIndiaProgram), with research specialism in South Asian diasporas. She is author of Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora (2015); Saima Nasar is Lecturer in the History of Africa & Its Diasporas, Department of History (@UoBrisHistory), University of Bristol. She is currently completing her monograph titled 'Fragile Citizenship: The Diasporic Histories of Britain's East African Asians'; Richard Reid is Professor of African History, University of Oxford (@OxfordHistory), and author of A History of Modern Uganda (2017), amongst others; Becky Taylor is Professor of Modern History (@UEA_History) & Member of the Migration Research Network, University of East Anglia. She is author, most recently, of Refugees in Twentieth-Century Britain: A History (2021).

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

Photo credit: 'Expelled Asians in The Netherlands after leaving Uganda, 1972', Wikipedia.

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Debacle Economies-ST2022-Portrait

DEBACLE ECONOMICS? Foreign Investments & Loans in South Asia

Thursday | 12 May 2022 | 3.30pm UK

Why have economies of Sri Lanka & Pakistan been volatile despite loans/investments from international bodies (IMF) or neighbours (China)?This Roundtable will discuss this crucial question -- and the interrelationship between geopolitics & geoeconomics.

SpeakersHassan Karrar is Associate Professor at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (@LifeAtLUMS), and has published extensively on new economic configurations in the Central Asia region (including western China & northern Pakistan); Nadeem ul-Haque (@nadeemhaque) is currently Vice-Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development economics (@ PIDEpk), Islamabad. He has worked previously for the IMF, and has first-hand experience of the monetary frameworks & policy formulations of both Pakistan & Sri Lanka through his work; Dushni Weerakoon is Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (@TalkEconomicsSL), Colombo. She has published widely on macroeconomic policy, regional trade integration & international economics.

DiscussantChris Alden is Professor of International Relations (@LSE_IR) & Director of LSE IDEAS (@lseideas), and an expert on debt, development & geopolitcs regarding China.

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

This event is part of the Centre's 'Geopolitics beyond Borders' series, in collaboration with LSE IDEAS.

Photo credit: m., 'Saints don't live on Park Avenue', 2018, Unsplash

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SIKHS: Minority, Diaspora, Nationalism

Wednesday | 4 May 2022 | 3pm UK

Focused on the recently published Sikh Nationalism: From a Dominant Minority to an Ethno-Religious Diaspora (2021), this Roundtable will discuss the complex issues of minority & diaspora identity, the demand for a separate Sikh nation, nationalism & ethno-nationalism both in India and abroad, and other related issues. 

SpeakersRadhika Chopra retired as Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Sociology, Delhi in 2020. She is author of Militant and Migrant: The Politics and Social History of Punjab (2011); Catarina Kinnvall is Professor of Political Science (@pol_LU), Lund University (@lunduniversity), with research interest (amongst others) in religion & nationalism, with a focus on South Asia & Europe; Giorgio Shani (@GiorgioShani) is Professor of Politics & International Relations, International Christian University (@ICU_JP), Tokyo, and co-author of Sikh Nationalism: From a Dominant Minority to an Ethno-Religious Diaspora (2021); Gurharpal Singh is Emeritus Professor of Sikh & Punjab Studies, Department of History (@SOASHistory), SOAS (@SOAS), University of London, and co-author of Sikh Nationalism: From a Dominant Minority to an Ethno-Religious Diaspora (2021); Pashaura Singh is Professor & Dr Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh & Punjab Studies, Department of Religious Studies (@UCR_religion), University of California Riverside (@UCRiverside), and author of Life and Work of Guru Arjan (2006).

DiscussantLou Fenech (@FenechLou) is Professor of History, University of Northern Iowa (@northerniowa), an expert in Sikh Studies, and author, most recently, of The Cherished Five in Sikh History (2021).

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

This event is part of 'Fact & Fiction', the Centre's book discussion series which invites experts from various disciplinary perspectives to focus on a recent publication.

Photo credit: Rupinder Singh, Unsplash (detail).  

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