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Events in 2011-12

June 2012


7 June 2012,  Ambassador Shyam Saran, FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow, 'Emerging Economies in Global Governance: An Indian Perspective'.

Discussants: Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi) & Manu Bhagavan (Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY).

7 June 2012,  Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Visiting Fellow, King's India Institute, 'India, Human Rights, and the Search for Global Government'.

Discussants: Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi) & Ambassador Shyam Saran (FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow)

6 June 2012, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Visiting Fellow, King's India Institute, ‘Thou Shalt Not Offend: The Genealogy of Censorship in India'

May 2012

30 May 2012,  Radhika Singha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 'Punished by Surveillance: Policing "Dangerousness" in Colonial India, 1872-1919'

21 May 2012,  Kath Weston, Cambridge/Virginia, 'Imagining the Offshore as Incarceration: A View from the Andaman Islands, 1862'

16 May 2012,  Professor David Mosse, SOAS, London, 'Dalit Rights and the Development Agenda: The Promise, Progress and Pitfalls of Dalit NGO Networking in South India'

15 May 2012, Dr Inderjeet Parmar, University of Manchester, 'Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power'

11 May 2012,  Dr Rajshree Chandra, University of Delhi, 'Owning Biological Resources'

9 May 2012, 'The Rise of the BRICS: Restructuring the Global Order?',  Distinguished Lecture Series 2011-2012, jointly organised by King's Brazil, Lau China and India Institutes.

Speakers: Ambassador Shyam Saran, FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow; Professor Alfredo Valladao, Sciences Po, Paris; Professor Yongjin Zhang, University of Bristol

9 May 2012, ‘Analysing the Uttar Pradesh 2012 Elections’

The workshop will discuss and assess the outcomes of the recently held elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, India. It brings together a group of political scientists and anthropologists who have studied these elections -- and the region -- in some depth. It will consider election results, major themes in the elections and polling data.

Speakers: Professor Christophe Jaffrelot (CERI-Sciences Po and King's India Institute); Dr Oliver Heath (Royal Holloway, University of London); Dr Lucia Michelutti (University College London); Dr Louise Tillin (King's India Institute)

9 May 2012,  Dr Aditya Bharadwaj, University of Edinburgh, 'Dis I Locations: Medical Migrations and Embryonic Stem Cell Therapies in India'

3 May 2012,  Dr Rajeshwari Deshpande, University of Pune & Visiting UKIERI Fellow, 'The Maratha Question: Predicament of a Dominant Caste'

2 May 2012, Closed Door discussion on ‘Negotiating the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal’, and ‘Recent Developments in Myanmar’.

Discussants: Ashley Tellis (Advisor to the US State Department & Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment); Shyam Saran (FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow, and Chief Negotiator on Indo-US Nuclear Deal, Government of India & Former Ambassador of India to Myanmar)

April 2012

26 April 2012,  Professor Sir Christopher A. Bayly, 'Development and Sentiment: Sarvepalli Gopal and the Political Thought of Nehru's India'

First Dr S Gopal Annual Memorial Lecture

25 April 2012,  Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram (LSHTM, London), 'Amartya Sen's Analysis of Famines and the Right to Health in India'

24 April 2012,K. C. Sivaramakrishnan, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, 'Dilemmas of Politics and Development in Urban India'

20 April 2012, Visit by Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, Government of India.  Discussion about cooperation between the Ministry and King’s India Institute on Science & Technology.

18 April 2012, 'NonAlignment 2.0: Defining India's Global Strategy'

NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the Twenty First Century report authored by Sunil Khilnani, Rajiv Kumar, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Lt Gen. (Retd.) Prakash Menon, Nandan Nilekani, Srinath Raghavan, Shyam Saran, and Siddharth Varadarajan, was launched in New Delhi on 28 February 2012. The document was discussed by India's current National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, and by two of his predecessors, M. K. Narayanan and Brajesh Mishra.

Speakers: H.E. Dr J. Bhagwati (Hon. High Commissioner of India, London); Ambassador Shyam Saran (FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow); Professor Sunil Khilnani (Avantha Professor & Director, King's India Institute)

Chair: Professor Keith Hoggart (Vice Principal, External Relations, King's College London)

March 2012

28 March 2012,  Professor Javed Majeed, King’s College London, ‘Greater Britain/Greater India/Pan Islam: Three Texts’

26 March 2012, Professor Akhil Gupta, UCLA, 'An Anthropologist's View of India After Liberlisation'

First Professor M N Srinivas Annual Memorial Lecture

21 March 2012,  Dr James Sykes, King’s College London, ‘Philosophies of Music in the Wake of Indenture: Aesthetics and Labour in a Southeast Asia Context’

14 March 2012,  Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, King’s College London, ‘The Limits of Executive Powers: Domestic Politics and International Alliances in Nehru’s India’

9 March 2012,  Professor Mushirul Hasan, Director, National Archives of India, New Delhi,'Gandhi, Islam and the Nation'

8 March, 'The Future Archive'

Speakers: Professor Mushirul Hasan (Director, National Archives of India, New Delhi); Professor Swapan Chakravorty (Director-General, National Library, Kolkata); Professor Alice Prochaska (University of Oxford); Professor Dr Ulrich Raulff (Director, Deutsches Literatur Archiv, Marbach); Ms Dayanita Singh (Artist); Dr Caroline Brazier (The British Library, London); Dr Joachim Nettelbeck (Secretary, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin); Dr Katherine Schofield (King's College London)

This workshop is part of  Re-Imagine: India-UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century between King's India Institute, Counterpoint and the British Council, and seeks to explore the shape cultural relations will take between India and the UK in the coming decades.

7 March 2012, Professor Christopher Pinney, UCL/London, ‘The Civil Contract of Photography in India’

5 March 2012,  ‘Political Transitions in China, India and Brazil Today’

Speakers: Professor Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow); Professor Colin Lewis (London School of Economics & Political Science); Professor James Manor (University of London)

Made possible by Donations to the King's College London Annual Fund.

February 2012

29 February 2012, Professor Indivar Kamtekar, University of Goettingen, ‘Looking Beyond Flags: The 1940s in India’

15 February 2012, Dr Prabha Kotiswaran, SOAS, London, ‘Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labour: Feminist Reflections on the “Problem” of Prostitution in India’

1 February 2012, Dr Ravi Vasudevan, CSDS/Cambridge, ‘Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema'

January 2012


25 January 2012, Dr Jon Wilson, King’s College London, ‘Paranoid Liberalism: Suspicion & Muslim Law in Colonial India’

18 January 2012, Dr Subir Sinha, SOAS, London, ‘Revisiting Primitive Accumulation and Civil Society in India’

December 2011

15 December 2011, Dr Dipu Moni, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, ‘Why Bangladesh Matters?’

8 December 2011,Ambassador Meera Shankar, ‘India-US Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century’

November 2011

29 November 2011,  Dr Jahnavi Phalkey, King’s India Institute, ‘The Importance of Being Nuclear’

29 November 2011,  Re-evaluating the Global Periphery: Contemporary Growth and Domestic Development in Brazil, China and India’

Speakers:Professor Stuart Corbridge (LSE), Professor Alfredo Saad Filho (SOAS), Professor John Knight (Oxford)

Part of the seminar series BEHIND THE HEADLINES: INDIAN POLITICS TODAY organised by India Institute, King's College London the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

24 November 2011, ‘Politics of Protest’

Speakers:  Dr Carole Spary (University of York), Dr Rahul Rao (SOAS) and Heather Plumridge Bedi (University of Cambridge) 

18 November 2011,Tej Pratap Singh, Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow, Cambridge, ‘Making Sense of the Maoist Movement in India

15 November 2011,  Dr Kriti Kapila, King’s India Institute, ‘Unpopular Justice: Khaps, Law and the Inexpediency of Culture in North India’

15 November 2011,Hindustani Airs through the looking-glass: the tale of Khanum Jan’  To launch the Leverhulme Artist in Residence, harpsichordist Jane Chapman. An illustrated talk interspersed with music performed by Jane Chapman.

14 November 2011, ‘Who Wants to be the Next Superpower?’ Debate featuring experts from King's Brazil, China and India Institutes

Kindly sponsored by the Politics of South Asia Specialist Group, Political Studies Association.

Part of the seminar series BEHIND THE HEADLINES: INDIAN POLITICS TODAY organised by India Institute, King's College London and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Kindly sponsored by the Politics of South Asia Specialist Group, Political Studies Association.

October 2011

27 October 2011,‘Pro-poor Politics and Policy Making under the UPA’

Speakers:  Dr Anuradha Joshi (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex) on right to food, Professor James Manor (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) on NREGA and Suchi Pande (IDS, Sussex) on the right to information.

The seminar will be followed by a reception and book launch for Lawrence Saez and Gurharpal Singh eds, New Dimensions of Politics in India: the UPA in Power (Routledge 2011)

26 October 2011, Book launch, Sonia Faleiro: Beautiful Thing Introduction by Ian Jack with reading by the author and discussion between the author and Dr Kriti Kapila

Sonia Faleiro is an award-winning reporter and writer. She is the author of a book of fiction and a contributor to numerous anthologies. Beautiful Thing is her first work of non-fiction and is based on five years of research in the secretive world of Bombay's dance bars.

25 October 2011,  Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, King’s India Institute, ‘A Tale of Two Indian Cities: Muslims of Ahmedabad & Bhopal’

18 October 2011,Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri, formerly Director of The Nehru Centre, London, ‘Tagore Rabindranath Tagore's Understanding of Cosmopolitanism and Universalism: “I am a poet of the world, I try to capture its melody, wherever it rises”.’

18 October 2011,  Dr Louise Tillin, King’s India Institute, ‘Remapping India: Explaining the Birth of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand’

13 October 2011:   Dr Alpa Shah (Anthropology, Goldsmiths), Dr Sambit Bhattacharyya (Economics, Oxford) and Professor Mushtaq Khan (SOAS), ‘The Political and Moral Economy of Corruption’

Part of the seminar series BEHIND THE HEADLINES: INDIAN POLITICS TODAY organised by India Institute, King’s College London and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

11 October 2011,  Professor Sunil Khilnani, King’s India Institute,

‘The Idea of the India Institute’

3 October 2011,Dr Arvind Subramanian, Peterson Institute, Washington DC, ‘Understanding India's Economic Prospects and Predicaments'

July 2011

27 July 2011, Workshop on 2011 Indian State Elections

Speakers: Andrew Wyatt (on Tamil Nadu), James Chiriyankandath (on Kerala), Mukulika Banerjee (on Western Bengal) and James Manor.

23 June 2011,  Lecture by The Hon’ble Mr Jaswant Singh, Member of Parliament, Government of India.

In conjunction with the department of War Studies, the Institute organised a lecture concerning a number of questions relating to International relations in South Asia. 

Introduction:Professor Mats Berdal, Acting Head of Department, War Studies, King's College London; Chair: Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, Lecturer, War Studies, King's College London

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