Summer Term 2016

Past Events

 Read about our past events in Summer Term 2016 and access podcasts and blog posts.



India's Greatest CEOs by Suhel Seth

Thursday 16th June 2016

Speakers: Suhel Seth, Rt Hon. Jo Johnson and H.E. Navtej Sarna

The book will be launched by The Rt Hon. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, followed by a panel discussion including H.E. Navtej Sarna, Hon'ble High Commissioner of India to the UK and the author. 

Suhel was recently interviewed by Saanya Gulati, for the South Asia @ LSE blog. You can read the article here.

This is a '100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC) event, jointly organised by the LSE South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India, London.



Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Speaker: Sumit Guha

Chair: Tirthankar Roy

Sumit Guha will be giving a public lecture based on his book ‘Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present’ (Brill 2013), which tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under the label of caste and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.



The Indian Village: Romantic Images versus Historical Realities Lecture  

Monday 6th June 2016

Speaker: Sumit Guha 

Chair: Ed Simpson

This lecture will review the realities of Indian village life and its social and political setting  up to the late twentieth century. 



Tales of the Unexpected: gender equality and social progress in Bangladesh 

A South Asia Centre, Gender Institute and Eva Colorni Memorial Trust discussion .

Friday 3rd June

Speakers: David Lewis, Juli Huang  and Amartya Sen

Chair: Naila Kabeer 

This panel will discuss why gender indicators for Bangladesh have shown a marked improvement despite various development indices not reflecting a similar upswing.

Click here to see event storify and here for the video/podcast.



Taming the Imperial Imagination: colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878

A Department of International Relations public conversation

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Speaker:  Dr Martin Bayly

Discussants: Dr Duncan Bell, Dr Rob Johnson, Professor Jutta WeldesChair: Dr Tarak Barkawi

Taming the Imperial Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2016) marks a novel intervention into the debate on empire and international relations, and offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century Anglo- Afghan relations.



“India is Indira, Indira is India.” M. F. Husain and the aesthetics of India’s Emergency, June 1975

Tuesday 31st May 2016

Speaker: Sumathi Ramaswamy

Through M F Husain's painting 'India June 1975: The Triptych in the Life of a Nation', Ramaswarmy will explore the place of the visual artist in sustaining and deepening India’s much-vaunted democracy.



The Wonder that is Indian Elections, Challenges & the Way Ahead

A Hundred Foot Journey Club (#100FJC) event, in partnership with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK and Pravasi Bharat.

Friday 13th May 2016

SpeakersDr S Y Quraishi and Dr Mukulika Banerjee

A conversation with the Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr S Q Quraishi, led by Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and author of Why India Votes.



Rethinking the Global Monetary System

An Institute of Global Affairs public lecture

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Speaker: Dr  Raghuram Rajan

Chair: Professor Erik Berglof

This was the inaugural event for the ‘100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC ), a collaboration between the High Commission of India and the LSE South Asia Centre.

Click here to see event storify and here for the video/podcast.



Youth bulge or bomb? Harnessing the potential of Pakistani youth

Thursday 28th April 2016

Speakers: Marc-André Franche (Country Director UNDP Pakistan, @MAFundp), Emrys Schoemaker (Communications & Conflict Specialist and LSE PhD candidate, @emrys_s). 

Chair: Dr Mahvish Shami (Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, LSE)

Is youth engagement the key to improving human development and peace in Pakistan? This talk will look into the challenges and opportunities of Pakistan’s youth bulge, with specific focus on the role of youth engagement as a strategy to promote human development and peace.

To read the event's brief, click here.



People Power: how non-violent strategies are shaking and shaping the world

Wednesday 27th April 2016

Speaker: Srdja Popovic

Chair: Dr John Chalcraft (Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism)

From Arab streets to Wall Street, Popovic will talk about how non-violent protests and their strategies are re-shaping political and social arenas across the world.

Click here to read an edited transcript of Srdja Popovic and Yogendra Yadav discussing political theory and the practicalities of fostering non-violent mass movements. A podcast of the conversation is also available.