Soundings and echoes: a seminar on the study of South Asia in honour of Anthony Low

Dates & times

Fri 31 July 2015, 1.15–6pm


Sir Roland Wilson Theatrette, Building #120

Anthony Low


To reflect on trends and topics in the study of South Asia over the past 50 years, the seminar brings together a number of scholars whose doctoral theses were supervised by Anthony Low (1927-2015), Vice-Chancellor of the ANU 1975-82.

The speakers have accepted a brief to take 20-25 minutes to:

  • explain why they undertook the PhD research that they did – what was the “state of the field” at the time they began (was there “a field”?)
  • give an account of how “the field” developed thereafter (if it did)
  • describe how their own research unfolded after the original thesis.
Time Speaker Doctoral thesis topic Institution Year
1.20 John Broomfield Politics and the Bengal Legislative Council, 1912-16 ANU 1963
1.45 Robin Jeffrey The decline of Nayar dominance: politics and society in Travancore, 1847-1908 Sussex 1973
2.10 Stephen Henningham Protest and control in North Bihar, India, 1917-1942: a study of conflict and continuity in a colonial agrarian society ANU 1978
2.35 Brij Lal Leaves of the Banyan tree: origins and background of Fiji’s north Indian indentured migrants ANU 1980
3.15 TEA
3.30 Dipesh Chakrabarty The ‘working class’ in a pre-capitalist culture: a study of the jute workers of Calcutta, 1890-1940 ANU 1983
3.55 David Lowe Australia, Southeast Asia and the Cold War, 1948-54 Cambridge 1991
4.20 Gyanesh Kudaisya State power and the erosion of colonial authority in Uttar Pradesh, India, 1930-42 Cambridge 1992
4.45 Medha Kudaisya The public career of G. D. Birla, 1911-47 Cambridge 1992
5.10 Deryck Schreuder ‘Africa and Anthony’ A Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and the University of Western Australia, Deryck Schreuder is a distinguished historian of Africa who knew Anthony from the 1970s

Papers will also be circulated from Professors Imran Ali, David Hardiman and James Manor.

Presented by South Asia Research Institute, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific



Please register by 29 July 2015

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