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Occasional Events

In addition to various annual programmes Brick Lane Circle organises occasional events when we find speakers / scholars visiting London or can only participate during certain times or when opportunitty arises for one off events. The following are the occasional events Brick Lane Circle organised during the last few years:

Dr Joya Chatterji - 2008

World Development Movement - 2008

Sarmila Bose - 2011

Professor Yasmin Saikia - 2012

A Season of Bangla Drama - 2012/13

Yasmin is Professor of History and the first holder of the Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at Arizona State University. Originally from India, Yasmin had her early education at Aligarh Muslim University (India) and completed her graduate and doctoral work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is the author of three books and numerous articles and book chapters. Her recently published book, Women, War, the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971 (Duke University Press, 2011) explores the story of the war of 1971 highlighting the memories of victims and perpetrators of violence spread across India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the book, she shows how individual acts and memories are woven into a collective narrative telling the story of survivors reclaiming insāniyat, humanity, which was a crucial lesson of the war. Insāniyat is at the heart of survivors’ message offering a possibility to rethink a new relationship between Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.

Yasmin is writing her fourth book tentatively titled ‘Decolonizing: Muslim memories and Autonomy in British India (1920-1940). Additionally, she is undertaking a ten-year longitudinal research ‘Learning Peace and Violence: A children’s history of India, Pakistan and Palestine.’

She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including the Harry Frank Guggenheim fellowship, Fulbright Research Fellowship for Pakistan, fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, as well as the American Institutes of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indian Studies. Her second book, Fragmented Memories: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in Assam (Duke University Press, 2004) won the best book prize from the Nehru Memorial Library and Museum, New Delhi, India, in 2005.

The event is free but attendance is strictly by advance booking only. We will allocate places based on first come first serve basis. We expect high levels of demand for this event so book early to avoid disappointment. If you wish to make a booking kindly email and provide your full name, post code and mobile number.

For further details please call 07574224891.


Muhammad Ahmedullah


Dear friends,

We are inviting you to our next Brick Lane Circle seminar on:

Thinking about Peace: Oral History and Testimony after the 1971 War of Bangladesh

By Yasmin Saikia

Sunday 25 March 2012


Davenant Centre, 179-181 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1DN