New Books in Asian Studies: India and the Silk Roads with Jagjeet Lally

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May 18, 2021
Subject Fields: 
World History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies will proudly host Jagjeet Lally, lecturer in the History of India at University College London, in the upcoming edition of the 2021 New Books in Asian Studies series to discuss his recently published India and the Silk Roads: The History of a Trading World . After being introduced by Director Benjamin D. Hopkins, he will engage in a conversation about the book with Hasan Karrar, Associate Professor in the humanities and social sciences program at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, who will act as discussant and moderator. The webinar will take place from 10 AM EDT to 11:15 AM EDT on WebEx.

India and the Silk Roads is a global history of a continental interior, the first to comprehensively examine the textual and material traces of caravan trade in the ‘age of empires’. By showing how no single ruler could control the nebulous yet durable networks of this trading world, which had its own internal dynamics even as it evolved in step with global transformations, Lally forces us to rethink the history of globalisation and re-evaluate our fixation with empires and states as the building blocks of historical analysis. It is a narrative resonating with our own times, as China’s Belt and Road Initiative brings terrestrial forms of connectivity back to the fore—transforming life across Eurasia once again.

The Sigur Center continues to offer a book giveaway to support research and local business. To be eligible to win, please register and attend with the same name, and be sure to follow us on Twitter. The winner will be randomly selected during the event and contacted for a U.S. address. The Sigur Center will purchase a book from a local DC bookstore and pay for shipping.

Registration closes at 10:00am EDT on May 17th. Registered guests will receive an email with instructions for joining Webex prior to the event. Media inquiries must be sent to in advance. If you need specific accommodations, please contact with at least 3 business days' notice.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be recorded. Questions can be sent in advance to with subject "India and the Silk Roads."


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