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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 Creative Commons Shimaga Reforms: Mapping Idea(s) of Obscenity in Colonial Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Madhura Damle, Presidency University, Kolkata Madhura Damle 18 Jan 2022
2 Creative Commons Circulation of thought processes as reflected in medieval temple sculptures in Maharashtra. Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Kumud Dileep Kanitkar, Independent Scholar, Mumbai Kumud Dileep Kanitkar 18 Jan 2022
3 Creative Commons ‘Sarudar khamb ani mahirapi’ among other things – Acculturation in the Architecture of eighteenth century Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Chetan Sahasrabuddhe, BN College of Architecture, Pune Chetan Sahasrabuddhe 18 Jan 2022
4 Creative Commons Mobility into Power of the Dalit-Women Sarpanchs and a Comparison with the Upper Caste- Male Sarpanchs in Maharashtra: A Story of Two Extremes on the Spectrum. Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Dhanmanjiri Sathe, Azeem Premji University, Bangalore Dhanmanjiri Sathe 18 Jan 2022
5 Creative Commons Circulation of Concepts in Ancient Western India: Some Case Studies Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Manjiri Bhalerao, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune Manjiri Bhalerao 18 Jan 2022
6 Countering the Visual Modern: A Case Study of A Periodical and A Public Sculpture Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Noopur Desai, Asia Art Archive in India, New Delhi Noopur Desai 18 Jan 2022
7 Creative Commons Resettling of the Learned Brahmanas of ancient Karad: An Epigraphical Analysis Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Rupali Mokashi, Ulhasnagar, Thane Rupali Mokashi 18 Jan 2022
8 Creative Commons Circulation of Communalism: The study of cow protection movement in Maharashtra (1890-1947) Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Devkumar Ahire, SPPU, Pune Devkumar Ahire 18 Jan 2022
9 Creative Commons Like Ink on the Water: Examining a Medieval Genealogical Document from Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Durga Kale, University of Calgary, Canada Durga Kale 18 Jan 2022
10 Creative Commons Trade, Circulation of Commodities and Transition in urban patterns in Deccan and Konkan towns in 17th& 18th Century Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Neelambari Bharat Jagtap, Shivaji University, Kolhapur Neelambari Bharat Jagtap 18 Jan 2022
11 Creative Commons ‘Government of Order’: Summary Executions & Official Impunity in Company India (c. 1818-1825) Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Nishant Gokhale, University of Cambridge Nishant Gokhale 14 Jan 2022
12 Creative Commons Legal Categories, Approaches and Responses to Kidnapping and Forced Marriages in Early Modern Marathi Documents Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Prashant, University of Exeter, UK Prashant 14 Jan 2022
13 Creative Commons Circulation of silver coins in the transition from Maratha to British rule Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Michihiro Ogawa, University of Tokyo, Japan Michihiro Ogawa 14 Jan 2022
14 Creative Commons मराठ्यांचे नजराणे Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Rahul Magar, SPPU, Pune Rahul Magar 14 Jan 2022
15 Creative Commons So Near Yet So Far: Marathi Speakers in Belgaum, Karnataka Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Gopa Sabharwal, University of Delhi Gopa Sabharwal 21 Dec 2021
16 Creative Commons From Russia to Bombay, from Bombay to Soviet Union and back: The journey of Annabhau Sathe’s Maza Russia cha Pravas. Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Anagha Bhat Behere, SPPU, Pune Anagha Bhat Behere 21 Dec 2021
17 Creative Commons Embodied Circulation of an Icon: The case of Janata Raja Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Aishwarya Walvekar, JNU, New Delhi Aishwarya Walvekar 21 Dec 2021
18 Creative Commons त्यांनी पाहिलेली विलायत: मराठी प्रवाशांनी १८६७ ते १९४७ या काळात लिहिलेल्या इंग्लंडच्या प्रवासवर्णनांचा सामाजिक अभ्यास Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Aditya Panse, Independent scholar, London Aditya Panse 21 Dec 2021
19 Travelling Santas, Circulation and Formation of ‘the Multilingual Local’ of World Literature in the early modern Marathi Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Sachin Ketkar, MS University, Vadodara Sachin Ketkar 21 Dec 2021
20 Creative Commons Circulation, Patronage, and Silence in the Practice of History Writing in Early Modern Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 -Roy S. Fischel, SOAS, University of London Roy S. Fischel 21 Dec 2021
21 Creative Commons Writing and circulation: a Material Approach to Early Modern Marathi Literature Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 -Prachi Deshpande, CSSS, Kolkata Prachi Deshpande 21 Dec 2021
22 Beggars On the Move: Hijra Journeys in the Eighteenth-century Deccan Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Mario da Penha, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA Mario da Penha 21 Dec 2021
23 Creative Commons Vanvās to Vārī: The Travel History of Songs and Poetry in Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Madhuri Deshmukh, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, USA Madhuri Deshmukh 21 Dec 2021
24 Language Ideologies as Urban Infrastructure: A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Identity, Belonging, and Multilingualism in Pune, Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Jessica Chandras, Wake Forest University, USA Jessica Chandras 21 Dec 2021
25 Creative Commons Lingayat - Virasaiva Sect: Migration, Identity & Marathi Lingayat literature in Colonial Maharashtra Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Kishore More - University of Mumbai Kishore More 21 Dec 2021
26 Creative Commons Circulation for Intervention: The Comic, the Folk and the Democratic in Marathi Theatre Part of the International Conference on Maharashtra Sept 2021. Madhuri Dixit, PS College, Ahmadnagar Madhuri Dixit 21 Dec 2021
27 Creative Commons Comparing two traditions: Workers' Theatre movement and Rashtra Seva Dal Kalapathak to trace the circulation of the form of Tamasha in nineteenth and twentieth century Part of the International conference on Maharashtra in September 2021 - Makarand Sathe -Independent scholar, Pune Makarand Sathe 21 Dec 2021
28 Creative Commons मुस्लिम मराठी साहित्य चळवळ : मराठी मुस्लिम अस्मितेचे अभिसरण Part of the International Maharashtra Conference held in September 2021. Muphid Mujawar from Shivaji University, Kolhapur Muphid Mujawar 21 Dec 2021
29 Creative Commons Savarkar and the Making of Hindutva “Secularism” Vikram Visana (University of Huddersfield) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 18 October 2021. Vikram Visana 17 Dec 2021
30 Feminist Historiography and the Political: Reflections on the Past and Future Tense Feminist Historiography and the Political: Reflections on the Past and Future Tense Mrinalini Sinha (University of Michigan) speaks at the Oxford South Asian Intellectual History Seminar on 25 October 2021. Mrinalini Sinha 16 Dec 2021
31 Atrocity Nation / State Amnesia : The Photographic Debris of the Sri Lankan Civil War The final years of the Sri Lankan civil war were transformed by a significant development in the technics of photography Vindhya Buthpitiya 09 Dec 2021
32 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 29 Nov 2021
33 Citizenship, Publicness and the Politics of Inclusive Democracy in India Suryakant Waghmore and Hugo Gorringe will discuss their recent edited volume on civility in India Suryakant Waghmore, Hugo Gorringe 29 Nov 2021
34 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
35 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 26 Oct 2021
36 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
37 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
38 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
39 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
40 "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
41 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
42 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
43 "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
44 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
45 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
46 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
47 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
48 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
49 Like Milk and Sugar Dominic Vendell gives the second presentation for the first day of the Maharashtra Studies Conference. Dominic Vendell 28 Apr 2021
50 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
51 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
52 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
53 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
54 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
55 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
56 Creative Commons Liberty, Equality, and Alienation Akeel Bilgrami speaks at St Antony's College on 8 June 2018 Akeel Bilgrami 20 Jun 2018
57 Creative Commons Why I Am a Hindu Shashi Tharoor speaks at St Antony's College on 6 June 2018 Shashi Tharoor 20 Jun 2018
58 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
59 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
60 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
61 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
62 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
63 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
64 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
65 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
66 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
67 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
68 Creative Commons The Untouchable Citizen Jason Keith Fernandes speaks at the South Asia Seminar on 6 June 2017 Jason Keith Fernandes 28 Mar 2018
69 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
70 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
71 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
72 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
73 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
74 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
75 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
76 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
77 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
78 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
79 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
80 Creative Commons Subaltern Counter-Publics: Dalits and Missionary Christianity in Kerala Sanal Mohan speaks at the South Asia Seminar Sanal Mohan 16 Feb 2018
81 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
82 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
83 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
84 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
85 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
86 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
87 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
88 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
89 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
90 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
91 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
92 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
93 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
94 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
95 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
96 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
97 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
98 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
99 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
100 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