Where is “home”? Amartya Sen discusses his memoir Home in the World in this LSE public event recording.
For Amartya Sen (87) home has been many places – Dhaka in modern Bangladesh, the village of Santiniketan, Calcutta where he first studied economics and was active in student movements, and Trinity College, Cambridge, to which he came aged 19. Central to his formation was the intellectually liberating school in Santiniketan founded by Rabindranath Tagore (who gave him his name Amartya) and enticing conversations in the famous Coffee House on College Street in Calcutta. As an undergraduate at Cambridge, he engaged with many of the leading figures of the day. Home in the World is a book of ideas – especially Marx, Keynes and Arrow – as much as of people and places.
This event, Home in the World, was hosted by the Department of Economics at LSE on Monday 18 October 2021 and featured Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen speaking about his memoir Home in the World. Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and an LSE Honorary Fellow, having taught at the School in the 1970s and 1980s. It was chaired by Mary Kaldor, Professor Emeritus of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict Research Programme at LSE.