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Alternative histories of humanitarianism in South Asia


5 Mar
Zulu Revolt of 1906. Mohandas K. Gandhi (seated, centre row, middle) with other Red Cross Volunteers in South Africa. (c) ICRC.
Part of South Asia unbound: Spaces & Scales of internationalism, February-April 2021


Covid19 has forced us to think creatively about how to organise academic events. Each "South Asia Unbound" event will be organised as follows:

  • A week before the event, each panellist will post a short video presentation on this page for the audience to watch and ponder at their leisure;
  • The event itself will take the shape of an extended Q&A session with the audience.

In other words: if you want to attend, make sure not just to register for the event but also to watch the videos in the week before. You'll receive details on how to attend once you've registered.

For more information, see the main South Asia Unbound Conference Website.

This event series is organised by NIHSA - the New International Histories of South Asia network.

European and international historians have recognized refugees as a crucial political category and recipients of humanitarian aid in the modern world. Meanwhile, South Asianists have written compellingly about forced migration between South Asian states. The videos below globalise South Asian refugeedom, exploring South Asia as a site where alternative definitions of refugees, migration, and humanitarianism emerged, as well as exploring migrant communities that have so far been excluded from histories of international and South Asian (forced) migration.


Maria Framke (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), “Indian Humanitarianism as Foreign Policy Tool: The Indian National Congress' Relief Work in Southeast and East Asia, 1946-1953”

Ria Kapoor (University of Leeds), “‘'The Concern of the International Community': The 1972 Ugandan Asian Refugees and the Internationalisation of a Transnational Imperial Diaspora”

Florence Shahabi (SOAS), “Displacement of Kabul's Intellectuals during the Soviet Occupation: The Afghan Information Center as Civil Society in Peshawar”


Martin Bayly (LSE)


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