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Past Events

Conference: The Art of Independence: Visions of the Past and Future in India and Pakistan

Thursday, 12 October, 2017 -
10:00 to 19:30
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

At Midnight on the 15th of August 1947 India and Pakistan achieved their freedom from British Rule. This Conference commemorates the 70th anniversary of that independence.

Alexander Sturgis
Faisal Devji
Meghnad Desai
Kishwar Desai
Nick Merriman
Hammad Nasar
Yasmin Khan (Chair)
Kajri Jain
Rachel Dwyer
Salma Siddique
Shailendra Bhandare (Chair)
Mallica Kumbera Landrus
Partha Mitter
Gulammohammed Sheikh
Nilima Sheikh
Sumathi Ramaswamy
Gautham Shiralagi
Zehra Jumabhoy
Maria Misra
Chris Pinney (delivering the Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Lecture)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The Age of Fasad: Jihad, Piety and Liturical Islam in the Indian Ocean (1500-1750)

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

As the Portuguese’s entry opened up a turbulent time in the Indian Ocean, Muslim scribal elites across the region presented them within the image of idolatrous infidels.

Yasser Arafath (University of Delhi)

South Asia Day: Commemorating 70 years of India's Independence with a Seminar on the theme Re-configuring power: looking back at the decades around independence

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 -
09:00 to 18:00
Wolfson College

This year India celebrates 70 years of independence. The country appears to be in a critical phase, with the Hindu right steadily gaining support, both electorally and on the ground, in terms of popularity. The political and economic landscape is being slowly reconfigured.

Adam Lerner
Stefan Tetzlaff
Maya Tudor
Taylor C Sherman
Shashank Kela
Marcus Banks
Eleanor Newbigin
Shabnum Tejani
Karuna Dietrich Wielenga
Louise Tillin
Cressida Jervis Read
David Washbrook
David Hardiman
Devaki Jain
Matthew McCartney

Play screening: Dara

Friday, 5 May, 2017 - 18:00
The Old Library, All Souls College

You are invited to a free film screening of the play Dara in Oxford at All Souls College, The Old Library  May 5th 6pm, with the kind permission of the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre Pakistan.

Anwar Akhtar
Polly O'Hanlon
Edward Mortimer