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Professor of English Literature, King’s College London
Professor of Indian History and Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 13 Dec 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

This lecture is part of Alliance University’s Public Lecture series. 

Two renowned scholars make sense of the enduring bewilderment that global history was and continues to be. Two vantage points are offered: one entrenched in its subjective position and the other that strives to be more objective in understanding the enigmatic creature that is globalisation.

In the first lecture, Dr. Ananya Kabir from King’s College, London takes us through the anti-colonialist Dutch adventurer Jacob Haafner’s sensitive accounts of life in the Coromandel, unveiling a historical narrative of multiculturalism, trade, and cultural exchange in colonial India.

The second lecture by Dr. Faisal Devji from the University of Oxford travels back to the contemporary context, exploring the dynamics of the fragmented international order following the impactful events in Ukraine and Gaza.

Tea and coffee will be served during the 30 minute break between the first lecture (5pm – 6:15pm) and the second lecture (6:45pm – 8pm).

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Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Professor of English Literature, King’s College London

Dr Ananya Jahanara Kabir, FBA is Professor of English Literature at King’s College, London. Her research spans creolisation across the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, critical philology, and the relationship between literary texts, embodied cultural expressions, and memory work.

Her prizes include the Infosys Prize for humanities in 2017, and the Humboldt Prize in 2018. Her lecture is supported by the Infosys Foundation.

Faisal Devji

Professor of Indian History and Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford

Faisal Devji is a Professor of Indian History and Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has taught at Yale University and The New School for Social Research in New York, and served as the Yves Oltramare Chair at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. A prominent public intellectual, Prof. Devji is an intellectual historian, exploring the political thought of modern South Asia and global Islam. His recent work examines transcending the nation-state and the influence of anarchism in the post-colonial world.