The 7th March Foundation and SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London are delighted to announce the inaugural Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Lecture 2018.
It is an unfortunate fact of history that life and work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Rahman are little known outside Bangladesh, particularly in the west. We believe that his ideas and legacies need to be debated and discussed in an open manner and that as a historical figure he deserves wider recognition.
The first lecture in what we hope will be a long series of annual lectures will explore how Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led the challenging struggle for a democratic alternative to military rule and for the independence of Bangladesh. In this, the challenges were perhaps greater than they were for most leaders of the other new nations of Asia and Africa. The lecture will also examine the significance of his historic speech on 7 March, 1971. As well as his readiness to make great personal sacrifices: twelve out of twenty-four years of undivided Pakistan he spent in jail, facing the gallows twice.
“Young people today, born after his assassination during a military coup in 1975, need to hear his story”. Professor James Manor
We are very honoured that the inaugural Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Lecture will be given by Professor James Manor.
James Manor is the Emeka Anyaoku Professor Emeritus of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has previously taught at Yale, Harvard and Leicester universities; at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
Professor Manor has written or edited 13 books, including one (co-authored with Richard Crook) which is in substantial part result of extensive fieldwork in Bangladesh: Democracy and Decentralisation in South Asia and West Africa: Participation, Accountability and Performance (Cambridge University Press). When Professor Manor was Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London in the 1990s, a pooled grant from the Ford Foundation, the Asia Foundation and the British government also enabled him to supervise a group of three Bangladeshi students through their doctoral research on politics in Bangladesh.
The inaugural lecture will take place on 7th March, which is timed to commemorate a momentous day in the history of Bengali-speaking people in Bangladesh and the diaspora.
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Date: 7th March 2018
Time: 5.00pm (Registration) and 6.00pm the lecture starts
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London,
Thornhaugh Street, Russel Square, London WC1H 0XG
Admission: Free but pre-registration is essential
Nooruddin Ahmed: T. +44 (0) 20 8981 1020