Acting President's Seminar: What counts as evidence in the Social Sciences?

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 -
17:30 to 18:30
The Haldane Room, Wolfson College

Social scientists study phenomena in which people play a fundamental role: the economy, law, the internet, Brexit, and so on. People can generally do whatever they like, and so their behaviour is not governed by rules in the same way as the phenomena studied by physicists and chemists.

Speaker(s): 
Mark Casson (University of Reading)
Marc Ventresca (Said Business School)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

The archetype of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’, India’s political and economic presence in Afghanistan is often viewed as a Machiavellian ploy aimed against Pakistan.

Speaker(s): 
Avinash Paliwal (SOAS)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: Ambivalence, Ambiguity and Alienation: Making Sense of 'Tension' in North India

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

How can we understand 'tension', the experience of rigidity that often underpins systemic structures of domination, epistemic violence as well as physical aggression in South Asia?

Speaker(s): 
Raphael Susewind (KCL)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: Querying the Cosmopolitan in Sri Lankan and Indian Ocean History

Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

The presenters will reflect on their proposal to draw Sri Lanka into the paradigm of global history through the recently published edited collection Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History (UCL, 2017 - the full volume can be downloaded free of charge at

Speaker(s): 
Zoltán Biedermann (UCL)
Alan Strathern (Brasenose)

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