Helping to transform the intellectual landscape of the Bangladeshi community in the UK and celebrate the amazing British diversity

B r i c k  L a n e  C i r c l e

Since October 2010 Brick Lane Circle has been organising an annual Bengal History Week in East London. It is designed to help generate and expand interest in learning Bengal's history and introduce historians and scholars to new audiences in non-academic settings.

Bengal History Week 2010

Bengal History Week 2011

Bengal History Week 2012

Bengal History Week 2013

Bengal History Week 2014

Bengal History Week 2015

Sunday 6 October 2013, 3-5pm
East India Company Dockside Walk
(Free but advance booking only. Please email for booking)
By Dr Georgie Wemyss. She is  the author of The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009)

Monday, 7 October, 7.00-9.00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU
Rabindranath and Jibanananda Re-born
By Joe Winter.
He is a poet and school teacher. He taught in London comprehensive schools until the age of 50 when he went to live in Calcutta (Kolkata). There he taught part-time (Calcutta International School), wrote newspaper articles ('The Statesman' of Calcutta), and translated poems and some prose of Rabindranath Tagore, and poems of Jibanananda Das.

Tuesday 8 October, 7-9pm
Jagonari Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DN
Migration from the Bengal delta to Britain - recovering the less known as well as recording the well known
By John Eade. He is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (University of Roehampton) and   Visiting Professor (University College London).  He completed a doctoral thesis on Bangladeshi   community representation in Tower Hamlets in 1986. Since then he has been researching identity politics, the Islamisation of space and global migration in London. He has published and edited / co edited many scholarly papers and books.

Wednesday 9 October, 7-9pm Jagonari Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DN
Rahimunnesa (1763-1800) and Dilwar Husayn Ahmad (1840-1913): two Great Bengali Scholars
By Muhammad Mojlum Khan.  He is an award-winning writer, literary critic and research scholar, and author of the bestselling The Muslim 100 (2008) and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal (2013). He has published many articles  his writings have been translated into many languages including Bengali, Indonesian and German. He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Founding     Director of Bengal Muslim Research Institute UK.

Thursday 10 October, 7-9pm
Kobi Nazrul Centre, 30 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
Introducing the Heritage Lottery Fund
By Norma Pearson.  She is a Development Officer  at the Heritage Lottery Fund. She will make a presentation on the Heritage Lottery Fund, followed by a Q&A session. There will be an opportunity to have a one to one with her if you have a project idea that you want to discuss. 
All welcome but spaces for one to one is very limited and strictly by advance booking (first come first serve).
Heritage Lottery Fund can help communities and groups discover and share their past, and make life more rooted and interesting.

Saturday 12 October 2013, 2.00-7.30pm
Brady Arts Centre, Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU 2.15pm
Desh bidesh revisited: An exploration of the British Bangladeshi social field
By Benjamin Zeitlyn. He is a lecturer in International Education and Development (University of Sussex). He convenes the Masters in International Education and Development.


The Centenary of Tagore’s Nobel Prize and his Relevance to Today
By Xiaoyu Zhang (Bristi). She gained her master degree at South Asian Area Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS in London), and her bachelor degree in Bengali Language and Culture from  Communication University of China and Dhaka University.

A fully staged reading performance of Tagore's The Post Office

Translated by William Radice

Directed by Valerie Doulton. She is the Artistic Director of The Live Theatre Company.

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Sunday 13 October 2013, 2.00-9.00pm
The Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA 

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2.30pm onwards:
Showcase of recreated British costumes made from muslin fabrics in the 18/19th centuries

Seminar / Panel Discussion on historical Bengal textiles trade and fashion
Speakers details TBC

Short performance on “Fabrics of slavery”
By Rez Kabir, Mustak Chowdhury and others

Please click above to watch the video of the seminar.


6-13 October 2013