Events 4-10 November 2017

 

4 December 2017

TALK: PAKISTAN AND THE GRAND NARRATIVES OF 20TH CENTURY HISTORY (NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)

“Hosted by the South Asia Centre and LSE Library. David Gilmartin explores the different understandings of the birth of Pakistan as produced by competing narratives of 20th century world history.”

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5-11 December 2017

THEATRE: THE TWILIGHT ZONE (ALMEIDA THEATRE, LONDON)

“Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future. Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.”

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6 December 2017

WORLD WAR I’S HIDDEN VOICES BY METACEPTIVE PROJECTS + MEDIA (MANCHESTER CENTRAL LIBRARY)

“India, Africa, the West Indies, colonialism and recruitment, impacts of war and our ongoing culture of war explored in two parallel exhibitions.

From the Shadows of War and Empire by Southern Voices //The Poppy Retake (v3) by Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan. On show 7th December 2017 – 24th February 2018 at Manchester Central Library (First Floor), St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD, UK // Opening times 9am-8pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-5pm Fri-Sat (Sunday closed) Tel. +44 (0)161 234 1983

Opening Night – 6th December 2017 5.30pm-7.30pm including speakers Ahmed El-Hassan (Southern Voices) and Colette Williams (Mbari), plus live performance from Jaydev Mistry (music), Rani Moorthy (dramatised readings) and Kuljit ‘Kooj’ Chuhan (VJ projection) // First Floor exhibition from 5.30pm, then speakers and performance from 6.30pm on Ground Floor

Mini-Conference – 10th February 2018 Thought-provoking talks, workshops, films and discussion – full details to be announced www.metaceptive.net/poppy-retake

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6 December 2017 – 8 January 2018

MINI-EXHIBITION: THE INDIAN ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (BANBURY MUSEUM, OXFORDSHIRE)

“Discover more about the significant contribution made by the Indian Army in the First World War through an Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire lens. Men of the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry fought as part of the Indian Army in Mesopotamia (Iraq). British and Indian soldiers fought and died side by side and are commemorated in places well known to us in recent times – including Basra, Kut and Baghdad. The Exhibition is produced by Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (SOFO), and the History Faculty at Oxford University in partnership with Oxford Hindu Temple Community Project and Oxford Muslim Community Initiative. Funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through Birmingham WWI Engagement Centre ‘Voices of War and Peace’.”

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6 December 2017

TALK: REFUGEES AND THE POLITICAL CRISIS OF OUR TIME (RSA, LONDON)

“We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Sixty five million people are fleeing for their lives. The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us. What can we possibly do to help? Describing his family story as the son of refugees, and drawing revealing lessons from his life in politics, David Miliband shows that if we fail refugees then we betray our own history, values and interests. Taking us from war zones in the Middle East to the heart of Europe, he explores the current crisis and shows what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humour the worst. He defends the international order built by western leaders out of the ashes of the Second World War, but says now is the time for reform. The message is simple: rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves.”

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6-29 December 2017

EXHIBITION: ESCAPING WARS AND WAVES (RICH MIX, LONDON)

“Reportage illustrations with texts portraying Syrian Refugees that artist Olivier Kugler met in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, Calais, England and Germany. The work was partly commissioned by Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières. Illustrations from this series have been published in Harper’s (USA), The Guardian and Port (UK), Le Monde Diplomatique (Germany), Internazionale (Italy) and Annabelle (Switzerland). A portfolio of drawings documenting the circumstances of Syrians the artist met in Domiz refugee camp (Iraqi Kurdistan), became the overall winner of the World Illustration Award 2015 and was exhibited at Somerset House in London. All of the exhibited artwork will be for sale. Half of the profits will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières. An 80-page book with drawings from the Escaping Wars and Waves project has just been published in German under the title Dem Krieg Entronnen. In June 2018, the book will be published in the UK under the title Escaping Wars and Waves by Myriad Editions / New Internationalist.”

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7 December 2017-6 January 2018

THEATRE: THE JUNGLE BY JOE MURPHY & JOE ROBERTSON (YOUNG VIC THEATRE, LONDON)

“This is the place people suffered and dreamed. Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of “The Jungle”– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people.”

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9 December 2017

CONFERENCE: GROUND DOWN BY GROWTH: TRIBE, CASTE, CLASS AND INEQUALITY IN 21ST CENTURY INDIA

“A one day public conference and book launch featuring some of India’s leading public intellectuals and civil rights activists commenting on the inequalities faced by Dalits and Adivasis and their resistance. Dalits and Adivasis – previously called ‘untouchable’ and ‘tribal’ – make up one in twenty-five people in the world. They remain at the bottom of India’s social and economic hierarchies, exploited as the most precarious of labour in the new economies, increasingly alienated by ‘development’ from what land they may once have had. Issues covered include economic growth, capitalism, labour and caste; tribal autonomy and land rights; the left and social oppression; media and the production of knowledge; and the forms of struggle and resistance. Speakers include Sukhdeo Thorat, Anand Teltumbde, Virginius Xaxa, Gopal Guru, Joseph Bara, Kalpana Kannabiran, K Satyanarayana, Bhangya Bhukya, Javed Iqbal, Ruby Hembrom and Gautam Mody.”

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11 December 2017

TALK MIGRANT SONGS: MUSIC AND MIGRATION IN SOUTH ASIA (BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON)

“Find out how migrants from South Asia have captured their experiences in songs and poetry. Migration has been one of the biggest stories of recent centuries. People have left, if not fled from their homes, crossed multiple borders, terrains, rough seas and oceans in the most dangerous of circumstances to arrive in foreign and often unwelcoming and hostile shores on account of wars, famine, environmental disasters and other forms of displacement. Although many journalists, photographers and writers have captured some of these stories we have little from the migrants themselves. What emotions did they experience during that journey? What were their moments of fear and hope, and how did they express it? This talk will use rare and ephemeral texts in Bengali and Assamese in the British Library South Asia collection, particularly from the digitised collection of the Two Centuries of Indian Print project, to explore the creative life-world of migrants. Curator Dr Layli Uddin will look at the poetry and songs produced by migrants from the early 20th century to the present, and explore how they narrated their fears, hopes, happiness and sadness as they left their lives and homes behind to forge new beginnings and worlds. Please bring your packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.”

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11 December 2017-10 April 2018

LECTURE SERIES-RECONSIDERING THE RAJ (INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH, LONDON)

“1947 marked the end of British rule in India, 200 years in which the British replaced the Mughals as controlling power and laid the foundations for modern India. In collaboration with the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, the Institute of Historical Research will reconsider this remarkable period in a series of lectures by leading scholars.”

Lecture 1 – Monday 11 December: The Chaos of Empire: Rethinking British Rule in India

Lecture 2 – Tuesday 9 January 2018: Myth and history: India and the British Raj

Lecture 3 – Tuesday 6 February 2018: With Havelock at Lucknow, 1857: City, Siege and Resistance

Lecture 4 – Tuesday 6 March 2018: Afghanistan: Britain’s Imperial Misadventures

Lecture 5 – Tuesday 10 April 2018: Independence and Partition

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Ends 7 January 2018

EXHIBITION: PORTRAIT EXHIBITION AT OXFORD SHOWCASES UNIVERSITY’S DIVERSITY (BODLEIAN LIBRARIES, OXFORD)

“An exhibition of portraits including a Winter Olympics bobsledder, several novelists, a human rights campaigner, two astrophysicists, a sailor and a brilliant young mathematician opens in Oxford this week.”

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Ends 27 January 2018

EXHIBITION: KEHINDE WILEY – IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS (STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY, LONDON)

“Presenting nine new paintings and his first three-channel artist film, Wiley interweaves the canon of art history with present day politics to investigate key subjects of migration, madness and isolation in contemporary America. This comes at a critical time when the current political administration is seeking to fortify land and sea borders with an agenda that resonates globally.”

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Ends 12 March 2018

EXHIBITION: THE PAST IS NOW: BIRMINGHAM AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE (BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM & ART GALLERY)

“The Past is Now explores Birmingham’s relationship to the British Empire. It has been co-curated alongside Birmingham based graphic designer, Abeera Kamran; artivist, Aliyah Hasinah; writer, Mariam Khan; cultural activist, Sara Myers; textile designer, Shaheen Kasmani, writer and researcher Sumaya Kassim. At its height in 1922, the British Empire covered a quarter of the world and ruled over 458 million people. However, the creation and retention of the Empire resulted in many people losing their lives or becoming severely traumatised. Whilst the Empire has officially ended, its legacy still exists today in institutional structures and affects both individual and national senses of identity. This exhibition challenges the typical colonial narrative used to present the history of the British Empire. By focusing on a few key events and themes, the exhibition examines the museum’s own bias in telling difficult narratives and explores other perspectives, which have been historically misrepresented. This exhibition will be shown in our new gallery Story Lab. Story Lab is a space that will test different storylines and ways of creating museum displays. We encourage visitors to interact, feedback and engage in conversations with us and each other. Your responses to this exhibition will affect how the museum displays these topics in the future. “

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