Event Date: 17 February 2015
Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Sarah Ansari (RHUL) – At the Crossroads? Exploring Sindh’s Recent Past from a Spatial Perspective
From a ‘sleepy backwater’ under the British Raj to the political heart of a new state, Sindh’s location vis-à-vis centres of power seemed to change dramatically with the creation of Pakistan in 1947. But this over-simplistic picture ignores the extent to which the province (and particularly Karachi – now a ‘mega port-city’ on a par with Shanghai or London in their imperial heyday) was already entangled with places and people – Indian, imperial and international – beyond its boundaries. This lecture, accordingly, explores the interconnected spatial processes that, from the mid-19th century onwards, helped position and arguably redefine, Sindh’s place in the world.
Vote of Thanks by Professor Joya Chatterji (Cambridge):