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Occassional Events CONTEMPORARY GROWTH CHALLENGES IN BANGLADESH: THE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY By Professor Mushtaq Khan Thursday 20 November 2014, 6.30-8.30pm, Conference Room, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1BU He is Professor of economics at SOAS, who completed his PhD in Economics at Cambridge. Previously he taught at the universities of both Oxford and Cambridge. Information on his research interests are available on http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31246.php   ALL WELCOME! For further details or to book a place please email bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk  or phone 07914119282 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Thinking about Peace: Oral History and Testimony after the 1971 War of Bangladesh We were all very pleased with the seminar on Thinking about Peace: Oral History and Testimony after the 1971 War of Bangladesh by Yasmin Saikia at Davenant Centre on Sunday 25 March 2012, 3-5pm. The presentation was very interesting, which generated heated interactions during the Q&A session. Many new areas were explored and fresh ideas presented as possible solutions to unresolved issues caused by the 1971 war.  However, we could not take all the questions as we ran out of time. Hope we can continue the debate and discussion in the days, weeks, months and years to come. -------------------------------------------------------  On Sunday 29 May 2011 Brick Lane Circle held a seminar at Queen Mary College, University of London on: How can we apply critical thinking to understand 1971? By Sarmila Bose It was chaired by Professor Mushtaq Khan Brick Lane Circle invited Sarmila Bose to talk about her new controversial book called 'Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War', on Sunday 29 May 2011 at Queen Mary College, University Of London. The Circle believes that it is very important to have open and honest discussion on important subjects relevant to the Bangladeshi community, which should be undertaken in a spirit of critical and counter critical enquiry and reconsideration, based on empirical research, scientific methodology and rules of logic. We encourage all individuals who are being energised by the publication of the book, whether through a sense of fear or enragement or feeling relieved by its conclusions, to undertake fresh research and engage critically with Sarmila's findings. Seminar Videos  -------------------------------------------------- Muslin: The famous textile from Bengal By Professor Dr. Sharif uddin Ahmed   Muslin     The famous textile from Bengal   By Professor Dr. Sharif uddin Ahmed He gained his MA at Dhaka University, undertook postgraduate studies (B.Litt) at Oxford University and completed his PhD at London University (School of Oriental and African Studies). Currently he is a Professor of History Department at Dhaka University and Director of Centre for Dhaka Studies. Previously he was the Director of National Archives for Bangladesh and president of the historical society of Bangladesh.  He has authored several books on city of Dhaka, including Dhaka: A study in urban history and development (English) and Mitford Hospital and Dhaka Medical College (Bengali).   MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2010, 7.00-9.00PM   Lab 3, Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU   ALL WELCOME!   For more details please call on the number below or send an email.   Regards,   Muhammad Ahmedullah Secretary Brick Lane Circle 07574224891 www.bricklanecircle.org Partition and South Asia's Diaspora? 2 July 2008, 7-9pm Seminar by Dr Joya Chatterji Venue: Lab 1&2, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU Dr Joya Chatterji was educated at the Universities of Delhi and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she is now a Fellow and Lecturer in History. Her first book published in 1994, Bengal divided, Hindu communalism and partition,1932-1947 was the first work which drew attention to the role of Hindu communalism in 1947. It was translated into Bangla by University of Dhaka press in 2003. Last year, her second monograph on the consequences of the partition, The spoils of partition, was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr Chatterji has written widely on communalism, borders, refugees, migration and identity-formation, and is presently leading a large AHRC project on the Bengali diaspora in the delta and the UK. This is a FREE event on a first come first serve basis. Refeshments will be served.  Please email bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk World Development Movement Seminar in conjunction with Brick Lane Circle Climate Injustice, Bangladesh and Coal Power Tuesday 29th July 2008, 7-9pm Idea Store, Labs 4 & 5, 321 Whitechapel Rd , London E1 1BU Climate change is the most urgent issue facing humanity.  It is likely to have devastating effects for many people on the planet, with an increase in drought, famine and disease. Bangladesh is already seeing the consequences of climate change, with increases in flooding affecting millions of people. But what can we do here to fight climate change?  Is it enough to make changes in our own lives, and what changes should we be demanding from governments?  How do we achieve a low carbon economy which can combat the most catastrophic effects of climate change?   This seminar will bring together speakers on the effects of climate change on Bangladesh, an Islamic perspective on Climate issues, and the campaign against new coal power in the UK and for renewable energy.  1. Mizan Raja, Executive member of Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) will speak on IFEES response to Climate Change and possible solutions.    2. Tim Jones – Campaigns Policy Officer – World Development Movement will speak on the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh    3. Sara Ayech – Climate campaigner – World Development Movement will speak about the campaign against new coal fired power stations in the UK, and for renewable energy.  World Development Movement campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty.  Joining movements around the world, we win justice for the world's poorest people. This Seminar is open to all,