Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Talks, Exhibitions, Films etc. Includes events related to the UK–India Year of Culture, marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.

Black Europe Resources Selection

16-27 October 2017: THE BLACK CANTABS PROJECT EXHIBITION

“Delve into Cambridge’s centuries-old College archives to explore and learn the stories of Cambridge’s pioneering black scholars – the Black Cantabs.”

16-27 October 2017: FREEDOM AND FRAGMENTATION: IMAGES OF INDEPENDENCE, DECOLONISATION AND PARTITION

“To recognise and commemorate the many meanings of freedom in South Asia in 1947, the Centre of South Asian Studies is holding the first-ever public exhibition of its collections. Some of their highlights– from photographs of the freedom movement to ephemera revealing various aspects of British rule of the subcontinent – are being shown publicly for the first time.”

17 October 2017: MAHATMA VERSUS MODI? INDIAN DEMOCRACY AT 70

“How did Gandhi and his visible politics of truth lay the foundations of Indian democracy? Has Modi transformed it beyond recognition? What is the relationship between media and truth from the world’s largest democracy? Join historians Shruti Kapila and Faisal Devji, Oxford, writer Pankaj Mishra, and journalist Chandrahas Choudury, moderated by historian Maria Misra, Oxford.”

17 October 2017: REWRITING HISTORY

“Is history always written by the victors? Join a panel discussing how history is used to advance nationalist and colonialist ideas, and how different sides can fervently believe different versions of the same events. The panel includes Ruth Dudley Edwards, Kehinde Andrews, Max Sternberg and Yesim Yildiz, and is chaired by David Reynolds.”

18 October 2017: INDIA AND THE PARADOXES OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

“Poised to become the most populous nation in the world, India confronts the largely unexpected but now dramatic features of 21st century modernity. John Trumpbour, Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, discusses the challenges this presents. Presented with Anglia Ruskin University.”

19 October 2017: REFUGEES: TRUTHS AND INNOCENT LIES

“Refugees often have to give the most personal details to prove their past and receive asylum. But how easy is it to be open and truthful in a climate of mistrust when governments are looking to keep numbers down? Lucy Popescu, editor of Freedom from Torture, speaks to asylum seekers and writers Noo Saro-Wiwa and Hassan Abdulrazzak, and writer Tim Finch.”

21 October 2017: WOMEN AND NATIONBUILDING IN POSTCOLONIAL INDIA

“This talk examines the official discourse on women’s work in the immediate years following the partition and independence of the Indian subcontinent in 1947.”

25 October 2017: WORLDS OF WORDS: PRINT, NEWS AND NEW PUBLICS IN COLONIAL SOUTH ASIA

“Nineteenth century South Asian print featured exciting experiments with new genres and new ways of integrating news and entertainment. Explore the material and intellectual world of the colonial Indian press with Leigh Denault.”

26 October 2017: 2017 ANNUAL RACE EQUALITY LECTURE – THE REALITIES OF RACISM

“Professor Francisco Bethencourt, King’s College London, focuses on the role of history in better understanding ethnic relations across the centuries. Only by knowing our past and acknowledging, at times, difficult episodes in our national histories can we aim to prevent the injustices of ethnic and racial discrimination from happening again.”

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