Visiting Speakers

Javeed Alam

Indian Council of Social Science Research

Javeed Alam is Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

Edward Albee


Edward Albee, the leading American playwright of his generation, has been confounding, challenging and stimulating theater audiences for almost half a century.

Paul Audi


Paul Audi graduated from the École Normale Supérieure, and is Doctor and Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of about fifteen books and thirty articles on the relation between ethics and aesthetics.

Kaushik Basu

C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics
Cornell University

Kaushik Basu is Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies. Till 2009 he was Chairman of the Department of Economics and during 2006-9 he was Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell.

Robin Blackburn

University of Essex

Robin Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

CP Chandrasekhar

Professor of Economics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

C. P. Chandrasekhar is a Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has co-authored 'Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia' and is a regular columnist for Frontline Magazine and Businessline financial daily.

Samir Chatterjee


Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions.

Stefan Collini

Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature
University of Cambridge

Stefan Collini  is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.