South Asia Series research talks at the British Library

Front page of the Iblichnāmā (1870). British Library, VT 1766

The South Asia Series research talks are based on a digitisation project of printed books from the South Asia collections in the British Library. Speakers from the United Kingdom, United States and India will share the results of their research, followed by discussions facilitated by British Library curators and other specialists in the field.

Published date:

All talks take place in the Foyle Learning Centre, British Library, 5.30-7.00pm.

Monday, 4 June 2018: “Amala Shankar: Documenting a Dance Legacy” - Urmimala Sarkar (Jawaharlal Nehru University) 

Monday, 18 June 2018: “Poetics of Popular Preaching: Islamic Sermons in Contemporary Bangladesh” - Max Stille (Max Planck Institute) 

Monday, 9 July 2018: “Boundaries of Belonging: Territory in Colonial India” - Aniket De (Harvard University) 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: “Lineages of the Housing Question in Colonial Delhi, 1920-1940s” - Anish Vanaik (Jindal Global Law School) 

Monday, 30 July 2018: “Allah/Ishwar: Translating the Qur’an into Bangla” - Epsita Halder (Jadavpur University) 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018: “A History of P.E.N. in Pre-Independence India” - Tariq Sheikh (EFLU) 

Monday, 20 August 2018: “Dance History and Dancing through History: Manipuri in Colonial India” - Debanjali Biswas (King’s College) 

Monday, 3 September 2018: “Ram Gopal, Indian Dancer: Histories of Cultural Interweaving” - Ann R. David (Roehampton) 

Monday, 17 September 2018: “Beyond Temple Paintings: Towards an Alternative History of the Deccani Scroll Paintings” - Anais Da Fonseca (Tate Research Centre: Asia) 

Monday, 24 September 2018: “Visual Representation and Reportage of 19th Century South Asian Earthquakes from Colonial Archive” - Debojyoti Das (Bristol University)

Download a detailed programme.

No advance booking is required, and the sessions are free to attend. For further information, please contact Dr Priyanka Basu (

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