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Saturday University: Indus Basin and Creation of Pakistan

Jan 27 2018

Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

How do boundaries—national, social, and religious—shift over time, and how are they crossed? Join us for talks to explore the dynamics of borders between India and Pakistan, between the two Koreas, and other boundaries in the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Japan, and the US.

February 3: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM).
All other lectures: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)

Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan
David Gilmartin, Distinguished Professor of History, North Carolina State University

The end of the British Raj in August 1947, amidst much violence, led to the partitioning of India. Two new countries, India and Pakistan, were based primarily on religious identification. But it also led to the partitioning of the Indus River basin, at that time the site of the largest integrated irrigation network in the world. This talk will explore the implications of boundaries, not only for identities of belonging, but also for how communities relate to nature.

About the Presenter

David Gilmartin is Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University, and a scholar of Modern South Asian history who has conducted research in India and Pakistan. His interests focus on the intersections between the history of British imperialism in South Asia and the development of modern politics and forms of rule. His most recent book, Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (2015) examines the intersection between environmental and political history over the last 200 years.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.


JAN 27

Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan


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206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public November 30.
Full series ticket: $60
SAM member series: $30
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.
Photo: NASA