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Bayly Prize Award 2019

29 October 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT


The Bayly Prize is established by the Royal Asiatic Society to celebrate the distinguished contributions of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly to global history, especially to the study of Asia. It is awarded for an outstanding PhD dissertation on an Asian topic completed at a British university in the year prior to the award. Endowment for the Prize has been funded by over fifty friends and colleagues of Professor Bayly and by generous contributions from The Past & Present Society, The Wolfson Foundation, The Thriplow Charitable Trust, Cambridge University Press and Wiley-Blackwell.
The prize was awarded for the first time in 2018.
In 2019 the Society received 26 submissions from 11 universities in the United Kingdom which were considered by the panel of adjudicators consisting of Professor Taylor Sherman (LSE), Professor Sunil Amrith (Harvard), Professor James Laidlaw (Cambridge), Professor Rebecca Empson (UCL) and Professor Naoko Shimizu (Yale-NUS). The panel drew up a short list of four. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Radha Kapuria (KCL), Music in Colonial Punjab: A Social History
  • Dr. Ahmad Moradi (Manchester), Politics of Persuasion: Making and Unmaking Revolution in Iran
  • Dr. Sahil Nijhawan (UCL), Human-animal relations and the role of cultural norms in tiger conservation in the Idu Mishmi of Arunachal Pradesh, India
  • Lexi (Alexandra) Stadlen (LSE), Weaving lives from Violence: Possibility and Change for Muslim Women in West Bengal

The winner will be announced by Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford, at a reception held at the Royal Asiatic Society on Tuesday 29th October at 6.30pm. Open to Fellows of the Royal Asiatic Society and invited guests. RSVP by 12th October to Amy Riach ar at royalasiaticsociety.org

The Appeal for funds remains open to enable the Prize to be put on a sustainable long-term footing. Contributions can be made through the Royal Asiatic Society’s website at following page:



29 October 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
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Amy Riach
ar at royalasiaticsociety.org


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