How Non-Violent Strategies are Shaking & Shaping the World
by Srdja Popovic (28 January 2016)
From Arab streets to Wall Street, non-violent protests and their strategies are shaking and reshaping political and social arenas across the world. It is important to examine and analyse why some of these struggles succeed, and others fail. This talk will focus on the principles of non-violent struggles — ideas on ‘planning’ unity and ‘disciplining’ for non-violence — rhythms common to successful movements that have let so many Davids challenge Goliaths since Gandhi’s legendary victory over colonialism.
Srdja Popovic, Executive Director of CANVAS, Belgrade, has recently authored Blueprint for Revolution (with Matthew Miller, 2015).
From Bombay to Canton:
Travelling the Opium Route to 19th century China
by Amitav Ghosh ( 29 January 2016)
Guangzhou (also known as Canton) is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan entrepots. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was through this city and its environs that opium was funneled into China by British, American and Indian merchants. This trade was to have an enormous impact on India, since the subcontinent was the world’s leading opium-producing region under the British Raj. This talk explores Guangzhou as an Indian trader might have seen it in the 19th century.
Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning novelist and author, most recently of Flood of Fire (John Murray, 2015) which is shortlisted for the biennial Man Booker International Prize.