6 LSE talks about things you need to know about
February – May 2017

The London School of Economics is alive with ideas, debates and voices from South Asia. With the 70th year of partition, and the agonies of Brexit and Trump there is much to talk about – not least in terms of the narratives around the British Empire, the realities and human cost of colonialism of the subcontinent, and the role of the imperial colonies in making Britain the country it is today. Here are our top picks of the very many talks and lectures taking place there over the next few months.


lse talks - age of anger

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Age of Anger: A history of the present – Indian author and essayist Pankaj Mishra presents his new book, and discusses how increasing racism and sexism; the rise of authoritarian leaders; and endemic criminal and political violence as a reaction of rage by those unable to realise the benefits of progress and modernity, is part of a historical pattern that can be traced back to the 18th century, i.e. history repeating itself. Chaired by the brilliant journalist Nesrine Malik. Here’s a video preview below, and Mishra’s long-read article for Guardian.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all but you need to book a ticket. More details are here


LSE Talks - Cricket Revolution

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Cricket as Revolution: Professor Prashant Kidambi and author Peter Oborne (of Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan, and White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistani Cricket) will discuss why cricket has emerged as such a popular sport in South Asia, the ways in which it has served to subvert colonial power relations, and how it’s a uniting force of nations and communities across the subcontinent. Not only have the former colonies adopted cricket, they are owning it, and transforming it – the panel will also discuss the politics of cricket, and what the IPL means for its future.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all but you need to book a ticket. More details are here.

Thursday 23rd February 2017LSE talks - Not a Bug Splat

Art as a Protest Device in Pakistan: Hear Ali Rez, creative and marketing specialist from Pakistan talk about his work on Not a Bug Splat – an art installation featuring the portrait of a young girl which was laid out on the ground in north-west Pakistan in protest against drone warfare.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all. See here for more details.

LSE talks - Bishop Nazir Ali

Monday 27th February 2017

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed on Muhammad Iqbal: The former Bishop of Rochester, and the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, and author and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London Javed Majeed will discuss the work, philosophy and ideas of Indian poet and scholar Muhammad Iqbal. Allama Iqbal – as he is more commonly known in Pakistan – is considered to have inspired the Pakistan Movement, and is that country’s national poet.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all. See here for more details.

Tharoor-Inglorious Empire-LSE talks

Monday 6th March 2017

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India: Part of the LSE’s Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series, in this talk Indian politician, former diplomat and author will talk about his book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India. In the book, he sets out to debunk the idea of British colonial rule as ‘enlightened despotism’ for the benefit of Indians, and argues Britain’s rise was based on its exploitation of India. Part of the blurb reads: “Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s de-industrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. Under the British, millions died from starvation—including four million in 1943 alone, after national hero Churchill diverted Bengal’s food stocks to the war effort. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannons, massacred unarmed protesters and entrenched institutionalised racism.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all but you need to book a ticket. More details are here.

LSE talks - Theft of India

Monday 17th May 2017

Distorting History – Robert Clive and the Capture of Bengal in 1757: The author Roy Moxham has made a career out of making little known facts better known. In 2001, he wrote about The Great Hedge of India – a 12,000 mile barrier of thorny trees and bushes established across the length of India as a Customs line, in order to extract duty on salt. His new book, The Theft of India, is about significantly less ridiculous matters. It tells the story of the competition between the Portuguese, Dutch, British and French to exploit the India that they had ostensibly come to explore and discover, and establish trade and commerce ties with. In the talk, he will focus on the little known or discussed human cost and consequences of Clive’s annexation of Bengal.

Starts at 6.30pm. Entry is FREE and open to all. More details are here.

By Seema Khan.

Posted on 12 February 2017


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