Michael Fisher, history professor at Oberlin College and a leading expert in India and South Asian studies, will give a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m., today sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. The talk will be given in the School of Law Moot Courtroom, A59.
Today's Pakistan contains diverse and often violently contesting interests that challenge the nation-state. Fisher's talk will contextualize these competing interests, including: the faction of the army around President and General Musharraf, his leading political rivals and their supporters, Islamicist political alliances, the Taliban, Chief Justice Chaudhry and the legal profession and an array of ethnic movements.
Fisher, who soon will begin a two-month term as a visiting faculty fellow at Delhi University in India, has developed a wide range of courses centering on South Asian history and incorporates the ever-evolving political, social and cultural changes of the area into his teaching. He has written seven books about the interaction between the peoples and politics of India and the expanding British Empire. He is currently working on a project analyzing the control of political information in South Asia from Mughal times (16th-19th century) to the colonial period.
A graduate of Trinity College, Fisher earned his master's and doctorate from the University of Chicago. Previously he taught at the University of Michigan South Asia Studies Center and was a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Southern Asia Studies Center and the University of Washington.
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