Current Events

Current Events | Anthropology 

Inequality and Poverty
Research Seminars, Lectures and Workshops Programme

We organise a range of events that will help us think about Inequality and Poverty. Most of these events are open to anyone who is interested in participating. Below you will find a series of events that we have organised or our team has significantly contributed to:

Behind the Indian Boom: Inequality and Resistance at the heart of economic growth
An exhibition of photographs curated by Simon Chambers and Alpa Shah
Friday 13 October – 16 December 2017.
Open: Tuesday -Saturday 10.30-17.00 (Thursday late night opening till 20.00)
Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

Please note that the exhibition will move to the LSE, 15 January -15 February 2018.

Please see here for events organised around “Behind the Indian Boom’.

Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India – A one Day Public Conference and Book Launch.
Speakers: Sukhdeo Thorat, Anand Teltumbde, Virginius Xaxa, Gopal Guru, Joseph Bara, Kalpana Kannabiran, K Satyanarayan, Bhangya Bhukya, Javed Iqbal, Ruby Hembrom and Gautam Mody.
Saturday 9th December 2017: 10.00-7.30pm.
Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS.

Adivasi Fellowship Programme.
27th November – 11th December 2017.
Anthropology Department, LSE.

Sangarsh: Struggle is Our Call.
With Director Nicolas Jaoul.
Chair: Jens Lerche.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
Friday 8 December 2017: 4:30-6:30pm.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Nicolas Jaoul.

Sameer. 
With Director Dakxin Chhara and Producer Viren Gamande.
Chair: Alice Tilche.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
Friday 17th November 2017: 5:00-7:30pm.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Dakxin Chhara and Viren Gamande.

Bulbule – A Screening of Iram Ghufran’s Documentary (52 mins; 2017).
With director Iram Ghufran.
Chair: Alpa Shah.
Friday 20th October 2017: 4.30-6.30pm.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion with Iram Ghufran and Bhrigupati Singh.

Dr Ambedkar 126th Birth Anniversary Meeting.
Speakers: Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Lord Alton, Lord Parekh, Alpa Shah, Rajesh Dhabre, P.K. Mahanandia, Santosh Dass.
Wednesday 26 April 2017: 5.00-6.30pm.
House of Lords.
Organised by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK.

Industry and Decay in Rural South India: Disruption of Social relations in the Face of Economic and Ecological Crises. 
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2016.
Panel presentation at Madison Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Managing Food: India’s Experience with the Public Distribution System.
Speaker: Deepankar Basu.
(Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
Wednesday 2 November 2016: 5:15-7:00pm.
SOAS College Buildings, G51.
Jointly organised with the Journal of Agrarian Change and the Department of Development Studies, SOAS.

Inequality and Poverty Seminar Series – Summer Term 2016.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
Please note, you are welcome as long as you have done the readings for each seminar.

The Underbelly of the Indian Boom: Adivasis and Dalits.
Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 July 2016.
Panel presentation at European Conference on South Asian Studies, University of Warsaw.

Inequality and Poverty Third Book Writing Workshop.
Wednesday 30 June – 1 July 2016.
Anthropology Department, Old Building, LSE/ College Building, SOAS.

Dr Ambedkar’s Relevance Today and in the Future.
Guest speaker: Amartya Sen.
(Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University).
Other speakers: David Mosse, Alpa Shah,  Clarinda Still,  Anand Teltumdbe,  Radha D’Souza, Jayaseelan Raj.
Thursday 16 June 2016: 10:30am-1:30pm.
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE.
Jointly organised with the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK and the India Observatory, LSE.
The event programme is available here.

The Factory – A Screening of Rahul Roy’s Documentary (132 mins; 2015).
Chair: Alessandra Mezzadri.
Discussants: Alpa Shah and Anand Teltumbde.
Wednesday 15 June 2016: 5:00-7:00pm.
SOAS Brunei Gallery, B102.
Jointly organised with the Labour, Social Movement, and Development Cluster, SOAS.

Ambedkar Dialogues – Challenges Faced by Ambedkarite Radicalism Today: Interrogating Attempts to Silence Debates on Caste. 
Speakers: David Mosse, Alpa Shah, Jens Lerche, George Kunnath, Clarinda Still, Sruti Herbert and Murali Shanmugavelan.
Friday 20 May 2016: 10:00am-1:00pm.
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, B104.
Jointly organised with the Department of Social Anthropology/ South Asia Institute, SOAS.

Kalkimanthankatha (The Churning of Kalki).
With Director Ashish Avikunthak.
Chair: Vikram Thakur.
Discussant: Alpa Shah.
Friday 6 May 2016: 4:00-7:30pm.
32 L. LG.03, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Ashish Avikunthak.

Dr Ambedkar’s Life and Works Third Annual Meeting
Speakers: Virander Paul, Jens Lerche, Santosh Dass, David Keane, Ravi Kumar, Murali Shanmugavelan, Annapurna Waughray.
Thursday 14 April 2016: 3:00-4.45pm.
House of Lords.
Organised by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK.

Inequality and Poverty Second Book Writing Workshop
Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Anthropology Department, Old Building, LSE.

Casteism and Other Bigotries in India.
Speakers: Amrit Wilson, Murali Shanmugavelan, Jayaseelan Raj, Sayantan Mondal, Nitasha Kaul, Dalel Benbabaali, Dibyesh Anand. 
Monday 8 February 2016: 6:00-8:00pm.
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster.

Inequality and Poverty First Book Writing Workshop
Tuesday 8 December 2015: 10:00am-6:00pm.
Anthropology Department, Old Building, LSE.

Dr Ambedkar’s Life and Works Second Annual Meeting
Speakers: Lords Harries of Pentregarth, Santosh Dass, Radha D’Souza, Ramnarayan S Rawat, Alpa Shah, Jens Lerche, Lord Avebury.
Wednesday 17 June 2015: 5:00-6.30pm.
House of Lords.
Organised by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK.

The Political Success of the Dalit Movement in North India: A Historical Perspective – 124th Birth Anniversary Commemoration of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Speaker: Ramnarayan S Rawat
(Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delaware)
Discussant: Jens Lerche
Chair: Alpa Shah
Wednesday 17 June 2015: 2:30-4:00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
Jointly organised with the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK.
Read a review of the event by Sonali Campion here.