Speaker, Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University.
Lecture Abstract: On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one harrowing months that followed, her regime unleashed a brutal campaign of coercion and intimidation, arresting and torturing people by the tens of thousands, razing slums, and imposing compulsory sterilization on the poor. In spite of this searing experience, the Emergency has received little historical study. Stripping away the comfortable myth that this authoritarian turn was a momentary episode brought on entirely by Indira's crisis of power, this paper argues that the political crisis was long in the making and was a turning point in the history of India’s democracy. It focuses on the stories of the imprisonment of leaders to illustrate how this moment raised searching questions about the meanings of public and personal freedom.
BASAS wishes to condemn the arbitrary and unwarranted arrest and harassment of academics, lawyers, writers and poets in the Bhima-Koregaon case. Whilst none should be above the law, due process - which has always been a cornerstone of the Indian judiciary – has been bypassed in these cases. We are concerned about the attempts to muzzle dissent in the world’s largest democracy and we stand in solidarity with those who have consistently and courageously spoken up for the rights of the marginalised.
This conference aims to explore the diversity of Muslim cultures prevalent in the Indian Ocean region where, historically, Muslims have interacted for centuries with each other and with other peoples and cultures. Islam not only provided the scaffolding that facilitated cultural exchanges but was also the pivot for transforming local societies. The conference seeks to bring together experts from different disciplines and backgrounds including archaeologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and scholars of related disciplines to explore various facets of this diversity. This conference marks a reconnaissance of the Indian Ocean not as a periphery but as a centre for the study of Muslim cultures.
Open Rank in History, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
Deadline: 31st December 2018
The Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan invites applications for a full-time faculty position in History. Candidates with a PhD and with a strong grounding in modern/early modern world history will be preferred. The appointment will be made at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank based upon the candidate’s degree, record of research and publications, and previous teaching experience.
On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.
With an ever increasing membership we are aware that it is not always possible for everyone to join us, we are therefore adding to the association’s website, on an ongoing basis, audio podcasts from our Annul Lectures, and Annual Conferences.