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Asian Studies Centre

The Asian Studies Centre was founded in 1982 at St Antony's College and is primarily a co-ordinating organisation which exists to bring together specialists from a wide variety of different disciplines. Geographically, the Centre predominantly covers South, Southeast and East Asia. The Asian Studies Centre works closely with scholars in the Oriental Institute, the Oxford China Centre, the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies (in premises at St Antony's). The Asian Studies Centre is host to the Taiwan Studies Programme, Modern Burmese Studies Programme, the South Asian History Seminar Series and the Southeast Asian Studies Seminar Series.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Hidden histories of science; Ammal, Darlington, Haldane, and India, 1930-1960 The twentieth century was a period which saw debates on ecology, cytology, genetics and eugenics in the West develop in new and interesting ways both positive and negative to understand the position of humans within the natural world. Vinita Damodaran (Sussex) 29 Nov 2021
2 The Lessons of 1950: Partition, and the making of the India- Pakistan Dynamic The years that immediately followed their partition offer many interesting insights into the shaping of the India- Pakistan dynamic Pallavi Raghavan (Ashoka University, Delhi) 19 Nov 2021
3 Affect as a Technology of Rule: Militarism in Pakistan Positioning dead body politics and ritualistic mourning as technologies of rule, through a focus on subjectivity, intimacy and affect, the talk will explicate the persuasive powers through which they seek to produce consensus and ideological conformity. Maria Rashid (UCL) 26 Oct 2021
4 Borders and Identities: Who is a “Bangladeshi” in Assam? This talk explores the ambiguities surrounding Indian citizenship in Assam, Northeast India. With Malini Sur (University of Western Sydney) Malini Sur 22 Oct 2021
5 A Shared Vision? Reflections on the creation of unity in opposition in Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement since February 2021 - Part 2 Since the Myanmar army overturned the November 2020 election and asserted itself violently against the will of its own people in February 2021. Khin Ohmar, Martin Smith 19 Oct 2021
6 A Shared Vision? Reflections on the creation of unity in opposition in Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement since February 2021 - Part 1 Since the Myanmar army overturned the November 2020 election and asserted itself violently against the will of its own people in February 2021. Tom Sheahan, David Moe 19 Oct 2021
7 Theft of Time: Notes on Spolia and the Writing of Indian History Sudipta Sen (University of California, Davis) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 26 April 2021. Sudipta Sen 23 Jun 2021
8 "Our History": The Everyday Social and the Sense of Historical Touch Sundar Sarukkai (Centre for Society and Policy, IISc) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 10 May 2021. For more information on the event, see here. For queries, please contact the seminar convenor at saih@history.ox.ac.uk. Sundar Sarukkai 17 Jun 2021
9 A Historian among the Goddesses of Modern India Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 31 May 2021. Sumathi Ramaswamy 17 Jun 2021
10 Monuments in Replica: Imperial Commemorations in Britain and its Colonies Durba Ghosh (Cornell University) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 7 June 2021. Durba Ghosh 17 Jun 2021
11 "वासाड गावाचा धनगर राजा": Ecological Refugees in Ancestral Grass-scape (Historical life space and changing socio-economic dynamics) Saili Palande-Datar gives the fourth and final presentation on the second day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Saili Palande-Datar 28 Apr 2021
12 Mobilizing transregional indigenous identities on cross-sectional borders Bina Sengar gives the third presentation on the second day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Bina Sengar 28 Apr 2021
13 Persian Cosmopolis and World Literature in Precolonial Marathi Literary Historiography Sachin Ketkar gives the second presentation on the second day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Sachin Ketkar 28 Apr 2021
14 Circuits of interchange and influence: The 1979 Rucha issue on Urdu and Marathi modernist poetry Anjali Nerlekar gives the first talk on the second day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Anjali Nerlekar 28 Apr 2021
15 Education, Nationalism and the Native Body: the Pradnya Pathshala Project Rahul Sarwate gives the fourth presentation on the first day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Rahul Sarwate 28 Apr 2021
16 सत्ता तुझी राणीबाई: Royals in Marathi Writings Shraddha Kumbhojkar gives the third presentation for the first day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Shraddha Kumbhojkar 28 Apr 2021
17 Like Milk and Sugar Dominic Vendell gives the second presentation for the first day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Dominic Vendell 28 Apr 2021
18 Chand Bibi between Persianate cosmopolitanism and regional particularism Roy Fischel gives the first presentation for the first day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Roy Fischel 01 Apr 2021
19 Delusional states: Love, Citizenship and Resistance in Gilgit-Baltistan This talk examines the emotional and intimate logics of occupation, citizenship, and state-making in Gilgit-Baltistan, a contested borderland between India and Pakistan that forms part of the Kashmir dispute. Nosheen Ali 10 Feb 2021
20 Creative Commons A Contrapuntal History of Hindustan Manan Amend (Columbia), gives a talk for the Asian Studies Centre seminar series. Manan Amend 04 Feb 2021
21 Creative Commons Radicalizing liberalism: the ideological inversions of Islamic liberalism and moderation in Malaysian politics Carlo Bonura speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 25 April 2018. Carlo Bonura 21 Jun 2018
22 Creative Commons Economic Mobility, Islamic Piety and Caste: Ashrafization in Pakistani Punjab Muhammad Ali Jan speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 1 May 2018. Muhammad Ali Jan 21 Jun 2018
23 Creative Commons The Forgotten Histories of Indian International Relations Martin Bayly speaks at the International Relations of India Seminar Series Martin Bayly 20 Jun 2018
24 Creative Commons Liberty, Equality, and Alienation Akeel Bilgrami speaks at St Antony's College on 8 June 2018 Akeel Bilgrami 20 Jun 2018
25 Creative Commons Why I Am a Hindu Shashi Tharoor speaks at St Antony's College on 6 June 2018 Shashi Tharoor 20 Jun 2018
26 Creative Commons The Naga Serpent in Malay Divination Farouk Yahya speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 17 January 2018 Farouk Yahya 18 Jun 2018
27 Creative Commons Burma Studies amidst the Rohingya Crisis Farewell lecture for the Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies, Matthew J. Walton Matthew J Walton 18 Jun 2018
28 Creative Commons Opposition Politics in India Salman Khurshid speaks at St Antony's College on 28 February 2018 Salman Khurshid, Shruti Kapila 06 Apr 2018
29 Creative Commons The Pakistan-China Corridor: Impacts on Regional Stability Muhammad Samrez Salik speaks at St Antony's College on 8th March 2018 Muhammad Samrez Salik 06 Apr 2018
30 Creative Commons International Influences on Domestic Policy-Making in China: The 2018 Chun-tu Hsueh Distinguished Lecture Jane Duckett gives the 2018 Chun-tu Hsueh Distinguished Lecture Jane Duckett 06 Apr 2018
31 Creative Commons Thailand's Post-2014 Foreign Policy: Riding on the International Trend Pavin Chachavalpongpun speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 8 November 2017. Pavin Chachavalpongpun 29 Mar 2018
32 Creative Commons 'God knows this is a chronic, protracted situation': The Myanmar military's war on IDPs in Kachin and northern Shan states David Baulk, Mandy Sadan and Kai Htang Lashi speak at St Antony's College on 2 November 2017 David Baulk, Mandy Sadan, Kai Htang Lashi 28 Mar 2018
33 Creative Commons Understanding Indonesia's Post-Independence Elite: Data from the Constitutional Assembly Syahrul Hidayat and Kevin W. Fogg speak at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 25 October 2017 Syahrul Hidayat, Kevin W. Fogg 28 Mar 2018
34 Creative Commons The Sweatshop Regime: Garments, Exploitation, and labouring Bodies made in India Alessandra Mezzadri speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 7 November 2017 Alessandra Mezzadri 28 Mar 2018
35 Creative Commons The Age of Fasad: Jihad, Piety and Liturgical Islam in the Indian Ocean (1500-1750) Yasser Arafath speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 10 October 2017 Yasser Arafath 28 Mar 2018
36 Creative Commons The Untouchable Citizen Jason Keith Fernandes speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 6 June 2017 Jason Keith Fernandes 28 Mar 2018
37 Creative Commons India Conquered and Unconquered: The Chaos of Empire and the End of British power in India Jon Wilson speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 16 May 2017 Jon Wilson 27 Mar 2018
38 Creative Commons Jamal al-din al-Afghani and Syed Ahmad Khan: Reform, Rivalry, and Heresy in late 19th century India Teena Purohit speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 30 May 2017 Teena Purohit 27 Mar 2018
39 Creative Commons Populism as a Global Form: A Roundtable Conversation Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia), Shruti Kapila (Cambridge) and Saeed Naqvi (Foreign Correspondent and Author) speak in Oxford on 2 June 2017 Akeel Bilgrami, Shruti Kapila, Saeed Naqvi 27 Mar 2018
40 Creative Commons Scribes, Paper and the Formation of the Colonial State in North India, 1780-1840 Hayden J. Bellenoit speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 23 May 2017 Hayden J. Bellenoit 27 Mar 2018
41 Creative Commons Nihilism in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Pankaj Mishra, Shruti Kapila and David Priestland Pankaj Mishra, Shruti Kapila and David Priestland speak at St Antony's College on 3 May 2017 Pankaj Mishra, Shruti Kapila, David Priestland 27 Mar 2018
42 Creative Commons An Eminent Victorian: Gandhi and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in the 19th Century Dilip M. Menon speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 25 April 2017 Dilip M. Menon 27 Mar 2018
43 Creative Commons The Unmaking of an Imperial Army: The Indian Army in World War II Tarak Barkawi speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 7 March 2017 Tarak Barkawi 27 Mar 2018
44 Creative Commons Is Myanmar's 'Buddhist nationalist' movement (also) a religious reform movement? Matthew J Walton, Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi and Aye Thein speak at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 14 February 2018. Matthew J Walton, Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Aye Thein 28 Feb 2018
45 Creative Commons The Militarisation of the Chinese Citizen: the Impact of Japan Christopher Hughes speaks at the China Centre on 3 March 2017 Christopher Hughes 27 Mar 2018
46 Creative Commons Querying the Cosmopolitan in Sri Lankan and Indian Ocean History Zoltan Biedermann and Alan Strathern speak at the South Asia Seminar on 6 February 2018. Zoltán Biedermann, Alan Strathern 28 Feb 2018
47 Creative Commons An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India Shashi Tharoor speaks at St Antony's College on 1 March 2017 Shashi Tharoor 27 Mar 2018
48 Creative Commons Ambivalence, Ambiguity and Alienation: Making Sense of 'Tension' in North India Raphael Susewind speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 13 February 2018 Raphael Susewind 19 Feb 2018
49 Creative Commons The British High Commission in Pakistan 1947-65: Role and History Ian Talbot speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 21 November 2017 Ian Talbot 13 Mar 2018
50 Creative Commons Hindu Militarism, P.D. Tandon and the Politics of Scale in 1940s Uttar Pradesh William Gould speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 21 February 2017 William Gould 16 Feb 2018
51 Creative Commons The Political Economy of Business-State Deals in Indian States Kunal Sen speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 28 November 2017 Kunal Sen 13 Mar 2018
52 Creative Commons Subaltern Counter-Publics: Dalits and Missionary Christianity in Kerala Sanal Mohan speaks at the South Asia Seminar Sanal Mohan 16 Feb 2018
53 Creative Commons My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal Avinash Paliwal speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 20 February 2018. Avinash Paliwal 13 Mar 2018
54 Creative Commons Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar Matthew J Walton (St Antony's) in discussion with Gustaaf Houtman (Mandalay) Matthew J. Walton, Gustaaf Houtman 14 Feb 2018
55 Creative Commons Farmers Matter in New India but not the Same Way: Political Settlement, Discontinuous Agrarian Policy and Class-Formations Sejuti Das Gupta speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 6 March 2018. Sejuti Das Gupta 13 Mar 2018
56 Creative Commons Hindu Militarism, P.D. Tandon and the Politics of Scale in 1940s Uttar Pradesh William Gould speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 21 February 2017 William Gould 14 Feb 2018
57 Creative Commons Civil Resistance: The Originality of Gandhi Romila Thapar, Faisal Devji, Gautham Shiralagi and Adam Roberts speak at St Antony's College on 16 October 2017 Romila Thapar, Faisal Devji, Gautham Shiralagi, Adam Roberts 13 Mar 2018
58 Creative Commons Positioning Myanmar as an attractive new investment destination in Southeast Asia Sufian Jusoh speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar. Sufian Jusoh 06 Feb 2018
59 Creative Commons Money, Enticements, Modernity: Indian Elite Women between Anxiety and Privilege Parul Bhandari speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 27 February 2018 Parul Bhandari 13 Mar 2018
60 Creative Commons The Colloquy between Muhammad and Saytan: The 18th-century Bangla Iblichnama of Garibulla Tony K Stewart (Vanderbilt) give the 2017 Majewski Lecture. Tony K Stewart 06 Feb 2018
61 Creative Commons Britain's Anglo-Indians: The Invisibility of Assimilation Rochelle Almeida speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 24 January 2017. Rochelle Almeida 05 Feb 2018
62 Creative Commons Gandhi's Inspiration A Panel Discussion with Professor Ruth Harris, Shrimati Kajal Sheth and Professor Sir Richard Sorabji. Ruth Harris, Kajal Sheth, Richard Sorabj 05 Feb 2018
63 Creative Commons Contesting the Liberal Order? China Rising in a World Not of Its Own Making Yongjin Zhang speaks at St Antony's College on 8 November 2016 Yongjin Zhang 08 Dec 2017
64 Creative Commons Feminine Abandon and the abducted Woman in post-Partition Shorey Comedies Salma Siddique speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 15 November 2016 Salma Siddique 08 Dec 2017
65 Creative Commons Directive Principles and the Expressive Accommodation of Ideological Dissenters in the Indian Constitution Tarunabh Khaitan speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 17 January 2017 Tarunabh Khaitan 08 Dec 2017
66 Creative Commons Challenges and Opportunities for strengthening State and Regional Parliaments in Myanmar Myat The Thitsar speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 9 November, 2016 Myat The Thitsar 08 Dec 2017
67 Creative Commons Kashmir, India and the Future Omar Abdullah (Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir) speaks on 'Kashmir, India and the Future' at St Antony's College, Oxford Omar Abdullah 29 Nov 2017
68 Creative Commons Re-building Democracy: Parekh on Indian nationalism and the common good Colin Tyler (Hull) speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 1st November, 2016 Colin Tyler 29 Nov 2017
69 Creative Commons Concrete proposals for conflict settlements of the South China Sea disputes: Review and assessment Zheng Wang speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Zheng Wang 15 Nov 2017
70 Creative Commons Concrete proposals for the resolution of conflicts between the Philippines and China Jay Batongbacal speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Jay Batongbacal 15 Nov 2017
71 Creative Commons South China Sea - Vietnam's view after the July 2016 Award Nguyễn Hồng Thao speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Nguyễn Hồng Thao 15 Nov 2017
72 Creative Commons ASEAN and Regional Cooperation in the South China Sea Robert Beckman speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Robert Beckman 15 Nov 2017
73 Creative Commons Functional cooperative management in the South China Sea Vivian Forbes speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Vivian Forbes 15 Nov 2017
74 Creative Commons Base points and equity applicable to the resolution of conflicts Robin Cleverly speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Robin Cleverly 15 Nov 2017
75 Creative Commons Will naval power close the South China Sea chapter? Alessio Patalano speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Alessio Patalano 15 Nov 2017
76 Creative Commons UNCLOS and the South China Sea Conflicts Nong Hong speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Nong Hong 15 Nov 2017
77 Creative Commons Thinking of the unthinkable Jerome Cohen speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Jerome Cohen 15 Nov 2017
78 Creative Commons China’s Maritime Policies Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix 15 Nov 2017
79 Creative Commons What’s wrong with the status quo? Bill Hayton speaks at a Forum on Conflicts in the South China Sea, 19-20/10/17 Bill Hayton 15 Nov 2017
80 Creative Commons Between Hope and Despair: Living with Difference in Today's Indonesia Laksmi Pamuntjak gives a keynote lecture at the EuroSEAS 2017 conference in Oxford Laksmi Pamuntjak 23 Oct 2017
81 Creative Commons The Sino-Thais' Right Turn towards China Kasian Tejapira gives a keynote lecture at the 2017 EuroSEAS conference Kasian Tejapira 04 Oct 2017
82 Creative Commons The Uniqueness of Downtown Yangon Su Su (Mandalay Technological University) speaks on 'The Uniqueness of Downtown Yangon' at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 26 October 2016 Su Su 28 Jun 2017
83 Creative Commons Book Launch: The Karen and the Gift of Education Book Launch: The Karen and the Gift of Education, by Pia Jolliffe Pia Jolliffe, Reshmi Banerjee 26 Jun 2017
84 Creative Commons Distinction or Distraction? The politics of connoisseurship in eighteenth-century Rajput courts Richard Williams speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 10 May 2016 Richard Williams 19 Jun 2017
85 Creative Commons Defending British India Against Napoleon: The Foreign Policy of Governor-General Lord Minto, 1807-13 Aditya Das and Huw Bowen speak at St Antony's for the launch of Defending British India Against Napoleon: The Foreign Policy of Governor-General Lord Minto, 1807-13 Aditya Das, Huw Bowen 13 Jun 2017
86 Creative Commons Fanon transformed? The new writings Robert Young speaks at St Antony's on 'Fanon transformed? The new writings' as part of the TORCH series Rethinking the Contemporary Robert Young 13 Jun 2017
87 Creative Commons Of Nomadology and India(n-ness) Avishek Ray speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 11 October 2016 Avishek Ray 01 Jun 2017
88 Creative Commons A Zionist Passage to India? Arie Dubnov speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 18.10.2016 Arie Dubnov 01 Jun 2017
89 Creative Commons A Journey from Cambodia to America and Back! Sothy Tep speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 13 Februrary 2017 Sothy Tep 11 May 2017
90 Creative Commons Feeling Untouched: Space, Emotions and Untouchability Jesús Cháirez-Garza speaks at the South Asia Seminar Jesús Cháirez-Garza 21 Apr 2017
91 Creative Commons Pakistan and Ireland: Exploring Comparative Constitutional Perspectives on Decolonisation, Dominion Status, and Beyond Mara Malagodi and Luke McDonagh speak at the South Asia Seminar Mara Malagodi, Luke McDonagh 21 Apr 2017
92 Creative Commons The Bureaucratisation of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia: Outlines of a Collaborative Research Project Dominik M. Müller speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar. Dominik M. Müller 21 Apr 2017
93 Creative Commons Pakistan and the Late Colonial Crisis of Sovereignty David Gilmartin speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 David Gilmartin 21 Apr 2017
94 Creative Commons Transforming Memory: Community Recollections of Inter-Religious Peace and Conflict in Myanmar Phyu Phyu Thi and Matthew J. Walton speak at the Southeast Asia Seminar on 1 March 2017. Phyu Phyu Thi, Matthew J. Walton 10 Apr 2017
95 Creative Commons Maulana Bhashani, Marxists and Murids, c. 1957-60s Layli Uddin speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Layli Uddin 06 Jul 2016
96 Creative Commons Is the Taj Mahal Pakistani? Teaching Pakistani History - Teaching Pakistanis History Akbar Zaidi speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Akbar Zaidi 06 Jul 2016
97 Creative Commons Identity Formation through National Calendar: The Politics of Commemoration in Pakistan Ali Usman Qasmi speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Ali Usman Qasmi 06 Jul 2016
98 Creative Commons On the Concept of Heritage in Contemporary Pakistan Chris Moffat speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Chris Moffat 06 Jul 2016
99 Creative Commons Intizar Husain: Literature and a Sense of Historical Difference Nauman Naqvi speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Nauman Naqvi 06 Jul 2016
100 Creative Commons Histories of the ephemeral: writing on music in the late Mughal world Dr Katherine Butler Schofield speaks at the South Asia Seminar on March 8th, 2016 Katherine Butler Schofield 28 Jun 2016