South Asian Studies

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The Political Economy of Business-State Deals in Indian States

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

India has historically performed badly in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators and a key objective of the current Indian government is about improving de jure rules around investment decisions so as to facilitate economic growth.

Speaker(s): 
Kunal Sen (Manchester University)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The British High Commission in Pakistan 1947-65

Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

The paper examines the roles of three influential heads of the British High Commission in Pakistan’s early post-independence history, Sir Gilbert Laithwaite (1951-4), Sir Alexander Symon (1954-61) and Sir Morrice James (1961-5).

Speaker(s): 
Ian Talbot (Southampton University)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: Tracing Conscience in Time of War: Archiving a History of Dissent in Sri Lanka 1960s to 2000s

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

This talk is a progress report from the midpoint in a 5-year comparative project on the Anthropology of Conscience, Ethics and Human Rights.

Speaker(s): 
Johnathan Spencer (University of Edinburgh)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: The Sweatshop Regime: Garments, Exploitation and labouring Bodies made in India

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Based on a recent book, this presentation depicts the Indian garment sweatshop as a 'regime' of exploitation and oppression crafted by multiple actors and crossing productive and reproductive realms.

Speaker(s): 
Alessandra Mezzadri (SOAS, London)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: Parallel Governance and the Indo-Naga Ceasefire: Evidence from Ukhrul

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

This paper (joint work with Shalaka Thakur) examines the parallel governance system that has emerged under the protracted ceasefire between the Indian government and the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN(IM).

Speaker(s): 
Rajesh Venugopal (London School of Economics)

Modern South Asian Studies Seminar: Sepia Paise: The Politics and Poetics of Art and Photography in South Asia and Beyond

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:30
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Can the world be thought of in terms of sepia and light? This talk will explore the relationship between archaic labour and photography in colonial Ceylon with an emphasis on pearlescence and how this might contribute to phenomenologies of light.

Speaker(s): 
Natasha Eaton (University College London)

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