Daily Archives: January 27, 2021

Oxford and Empire: Translating Education

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities – Jan 27, 2021

Chair: Yasmin Khan

Harish Trivedi, ‘Oxfords of the East: Aspiration, Translation, Antiquation’

Robbie Shilliam, ‘A ‘liberal education’, Race and Empire’

Sneha Krishnan, ‘Authority and Intimacy in the aftermath of Empire: Letters between a Memsahib and her Chauffeur’

The relationship between Oxford and Empire has recently been the subject of considerable attention, both within and outside the institution, and the intersecting areas of travel and translation are ones in which Oxford has played a particularly prominent role. The University of Oxford was a leading institution for the teaching of Orientalism and Oriental languages, and the training of imperial administrators. It was also instrumental in the development of anthropology as an academic discipline. This close relationship between Oxford and Empire is embodied in the many prominent translators and travellers who have studied and worked here, including William Jones, Edwin Arnold, Max Müller, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, and Amitav Ghosh.

This series will bring together researchers in Oxford and elsewhere to foster interdisciplinary communication and a more consolidated examination of Oxford’s imperial legacies. It will therefore include a diversity of scholars and students who are working in this area in different disciplines and fields.


Harish Trivedi, former Professor of English at the University of Delhi, was Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago and London, and is a leading figure in the fields of Translation Studies, and Postcolonial Literature and Theory. He is the author of Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India (1993; 1995); has co-edited Literature and Nation: Britain and India 1800–1990 (2000); and has edited Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (2011). He has edited, with Susan Bassnett, the field-defining Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (1998), and other collections on translation and comparative literature. He is currently a contributing editor of an international project based in Stockholm for writing a history of World Literature, and he has also written on and translated various Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit writers.

Robbie Shilliam is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Hopkins University. He researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question. Robbie has co-curated with community intellectuals and elders a series of exhibitions–in Ethiopia, Jamaica and the UK–which have brought to light the histories and significance of the Rastafari movement for contemporary politics. This has resulted in the online teaching aid: www.rastafari-in-motion.org. Robbie is committed to building capacity in Political Science and International Relations for postcolonial teaching and learning. To that effect, he is presently writing a book for undergraduates which reveals the colonial and postcolonial roots of the academic study of politics as well as providing alternative routes of investigation and understanding. Decolonizing Politics will be published by Polity Press in 2020.

Sneha Krishnan is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oxford. She is interested in how histories of colonialism and imperial afterlives shape experiences of childhood and youth. She is currently writing a book about women’s hostels in Southern India and has another ongoing project on gender and archival practice. Her work has been published most recently in Gender Place and Culture, Antipode and Social and Cultural Geography. She has also written for non-academic readers in Public Books, the History Workshop Online and The Oxford Left Review.

Acceptance Speech by Zeynep Oral Cumhuriyet for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award

Right Livelihood Foundation

Jan 27, 2021

Transforming Food Systems and Land Use – Davos 2021, World Economic Forum

United Nations

Streamed live 12 hours ago
While more than 1 billion tonnes of food are still wasted every year and agriculture remains a major driver of water use, climate change and nature loss, a nature-positive economy could create 395 million new jobs by 2030. With the Biodiversity COP15 and the UN Food Systems Summit scheduled for 2021, this Leadership Panel examines how to scale inclusive action to transform food systems, improve farmer livelihoods and restore nature.

Public Speakers:

Steve Sedgwick, Anchor, CNBC
Ramon Laguarta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Inc.
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Dongyu Qu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, Office of the President of Costa Rica
Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Managing Board, Rabobank Group
Agnes Matilda Kalibata, Special Envoy, United Nations Food Systems Summit

UN Sec Gen’l António Guterres – “The State of the Planet is Broken”

Facing Future

Jan 27, 2021

UN Secretary General António Guterres here gives a truly remarkable speech at Columbia University’s ‘The State of the Planet’ event.’ He spoke with such clarity, command of the facts, and compassion, that it is hard to listen to him without feeling in the depth of your heart that the time has come for us all, individually and collectively, to change how we live on Earth, and how we live with one another. We invite you to watch what the world’s top diplomat says about the mess we’ve made and the urgency that we both clean up our mess and learn to live within Nature, not at war with it. The facts and statistics he relates are just astounding. His conclusions range from obvious, to subtle and unexpected, up to the very end of his speech.

Covid-19: what will it take to vaccinate the world? | The Economist

The Economist – Jan 27, 2021

The race to immunise the global population against covid-19 is under way. With the distribution of safe and effective vaccines posing an unprecedented challenge, what are the key obstacles to overcome?

Keep up to date with The Economist’s coverage of the coronavirus: https://econ.st/2Y5BxxW
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Read why China’s jabs may have an important role in the fight against covid-19: https://econ.st/2Y4rCZj
How fast can vaccination against covid-19 make a difference? https://econ.st/3qKigy4
How can America meet its covid-19 vaccination targets? https://econ.st/39ZtUhM
The EU should stop ignoring the vaccine race and try and win it: https://econ.st/3iDk7Sr
How will the new variants of covid-19 affect the vaccines? https://econ.st/3qE4PzC
Covid-19 vaccination is a marathon not a sprint. Governments need to think about what comes next: https://econ.st/3oanGRt
Read about how politics is interfering with vaccination drives in Asia: https://econ.st/365Wxsx
Why vaccine campaigns are so hard—but crucial to get right: https://econ.st/364aIP4
Why Bahrain and the UAE are relying on a Chinese-made vaccine: https://econ.st/3odqxZD

How Big Tech Betrayed Us | Rana Foroohar


Premiered Jan 26, 2021

How did the internet giants come to dominate our world? Big Tech firms are now some of the richest and most powerful entities on the planet – and we’re starting to see the effects of this extreme concentration of power, in the shocking ways these platforms have been used to manipulate our elections, violate our privacy, and threaten the social fabric of our societies.

But it hasn’t always been like this: not so long ago, much of Silicon Valley operated on an optimistic, altruistic ethos, aiming to make information free and the world better connected. What happened?

In the latest RSA Short, economic analyst Rana Foroohar explores how Big Tech lost its soul and how we might protect ourselves from the darker sides of digital technology.

Extracted from a free talk given at the RSA in London, 2019: shorturl.at/pvLNZ


Delivering Social Justice in the Recovery | DAVOS AGENDA 2021

World Economic Forum – Jan 27, 2021

From significant investments in climate justice to new task forces on racial equity and corporate sustainability, the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked new commitments from leaders to redress systemic inequalities and demonstrate their stakeholder responsibility to social justice. What policies, practices and partnerships are needed to ensure a just recovery in the decade of delivery?

This session is associated with the following projects and initiatives of the World Economic Forum: Partnering for Racial Justice in Business, Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, The Valuable 500 – Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap, Lighthouse Projects on Social Justice and Sustainability, UpLink COVID Social Justice Challenge, and the Technology and Social Justice Initiative.

Speakers: Ishaan Tharoor, Sadiq Khan, Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Darren Walker, Gabriela Bucher, Leslie Johnston, Peter Laugharn, Edward Ndopu, Katherine Maher

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

Delivering Science in Crisis: Helping Society Build Back & Forge a More Resilient Sustainable Future

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Jan 27, 2021

Delivering Science in a Crisis: Our Critical Role in Helping Society Build Back and Forge a More Resilient, Sustainable Future
Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences, discusses the importance of Transportation Research Board as part of the National Academies. She also spoke about the next century of mobility, the need for actionable science, understanding cascading impacts, and irreplaceable science and presented the opportunities for science and transportation.

AOC: I’m ‘Extraordinarily Encouraged’ By Biden’s Climate Executive Actions | All In | MSNBC

MSNBC – Jan 27, 2021

“I’m feeling extraordinarily encouraged,” says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussing President Biden’s executive orders on the climate crisis. Aired on 01/27/2021.

Mobilizing Action on Climate Change (Option 2) | DAVOS AGENDA 2021

World Economic Forum

Jan 27, 2021
The period from 2016 to 2020 has been the warmest five years on record, despite the recent impact of COVID 19 on greenhouse gas emissions. This Leadership Panel examines how major economies and industries can accelerate their efforts to meet or exceed the Paris Climate Agreement goals, and avoid an irreversible tipping point.

Speakers: Rebecca Blumenstein, Jesper Brodin, Amina Mohammed, Ben van Beurden, John F. Kerry, Feike Sybesma, Alok Sharma, Børge Brende

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.