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The Partition of India 75 years on: An interconnected history by Professor Sarah Ansari

Professor Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London

Date/Time: Thursday 6 October 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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The division of India into two states – India and Pakistan – at Independence in 1947 was an event of global significance that triggered the largest single population displacement of the twentieth century. Seventy-five years later, Partition still matters, as millions of people both across and beyond South Asia, including in the UK, encounter its complex legacies. This lecture accordingly explores the interconnected story of Partition, and why also it is British history.


Professor Sarah Ansari is a historian of modern and contemporary South Asia, based at Royal Holloway, University of London. Much of her research has focused on issues linked with migration, identity, citizenship, gender ... and the 1947 Partition of India. Her latest monograph—co-written with William Gould and entitled Boundaries of Belonging (Cambridge University Press, 2019)—explores the intersections between localities, citizenship and rights in India and Pakistan in the decade following Independence. Sarah is also currently President of the Royal Asiatic Society, the first woman to hold this role in the institution's 200-year history.