Summer Term 2017

Past Events

 Read about our past events in Summer Term 2017 and access podcasts and blog posts.


Film screening: The Argumentative Indian

A South Asia Centre and Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival screening and Q&A. 

Tuesday 27th June 2017

European premiere of new documentary about Amartya Sen, featuring a live Q&A with Professor Sen

This fascinating documentary offers an insight into the mind of Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, one of the world’s greatest living economists and philosophers. Structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, this rare film explores the laureate’s formative years in Tagore’s ashram, Shantiniketan to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the US and UK

The screening will begin at 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Sen, chaired by Dr Mukulika Banerjee.



The Theft of History: The British Empire in India

This is a co-hosted South Asia Centre and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival @ British Library event. 

Sunday 21st May 2017

Roy Moxham and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

As India celebrates 70 years of its independence from colonial rule, a session that debates colonialism's claims of benefit and development in India, despite evidence of its fundamental nature. The panelists discuss if this period -- from the time of Vasco da Gama's arrival to the final emergence of the English as the principal colonisers of the Indian subcontinent -- was one of acquiring as much and as many of India's riches as each European power could lay their hands on. Roy Moxham and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Roy Moxham grew up in Worcestershire. His varied and exciting life has seen him work on a Herefordshire fruit farm; as a tea planter in Nyasaland, and later Malawi – spending 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London in 1974 to set up a gallery of African art. He is a trained book and paper conservator, has worked at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Senate House library, University of London. 

Dr Shashi Tharoor is a sitting Member of the Indian Parliament affiliated to the Congress Party. Dr Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow; he has authored fourteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. 



South Asia Development Conference

Saturday 29th April 2017

Speakers: Nobel Laureate Kaliash Satyarthi, Acclaimed Journalist Najam Sethi, Ex Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

Conceptualised by the LSE SU South Asia Society in collaboration with the LSE South Asia Centre, the LSE South Asia Development Conference is a unique initiative which has been pioneered to serve as a forum to identify, discuss and influence the development discourse in the region.

Building on the essence of regional cooperation and globalisation, it seeks to incorporate and address the challenges faced by the region as a whole as opposed to individual countries. This not only fosters a sense of unity and common purpose, but also serves as a precedent for the development of better regional cooperation, as well as facilitating the emergence of leaders with a regional, synergy driven outlook.

The summit will involve some of the most prominent voices on South Asia and promises to drive forward the developmental agenda in South Asia. The debates, discussions and interactions held as a part of this conference will most definitely have a wider global reach, as well as the potential to influence political change makers of South Asia.