Last night’s lecture by Dr. Santanu Das was an enlightening introduction into the lives of Asian soldiers serving in France and Mesopotamia during World War One.
Dr. Das illustrated his talk with an intriguing range of photographs, films, objects and literature to develop his thesis concerning the experiences of these soldiers and their families. He has identified the complexities of interpreting that experience in our current contexts – heroism, colonialism, service and sacrifice, fiscal reward, literature in a non-literate culture, exploitation and the horror of war all add many layers towards developing an understanding.
We are grateful to Dr. Das for agreeing to lecture to the Society and look forward to his forthcoming book upon the subject. Our next Evening Lecture will be on Thursday 12th February at 6pm when Professor Phiroze Vasunia of University College, London, will speak on Sir William Jones and the Gods of Greece, Italy and India. We also have our first lecture of the Student Series on Tuesday 20th January when Liana Saif will speak to us – see our previous blog for full details.