The Ferguson Centre promotes the interdisciplinary study of empire and postcolonial conditions with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. Since its establishment in 2002, it has hosted seminars, exchanges, postgraduates and run collaborative research projects.
Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque),
Arab Street, Singapore (2007).
Photo: Karl Hack
Members have contributed to the writing of a range of current Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses including:
Members have also contributed to previous courses including:
As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, History department hosts a series of history lectures which opens a window onto the exciting research being conducted by historians at The Open University. Centre Assistant Director John Slight gave a talk on ‘British Imperialist Visions of Islamic States’ on 3rd April in Berrill Lecture Theatre. Lecture recording is available.
Centre Director Dr Sandip Hazareesingh and collaborators from the Indian NGO Green Foundation have been invited to present the research findings of their GCRF project Changing Farming Lives in South India, Past and Present at a conference on Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South, to be held at the House of Commons on 27-28 February 2019.
The AHRC-funded Changing Farmers’ Lives Past and Present research project held its first event in Bangalore, India on 21-22 February 2018, co-organised by the Open University and the Karnataka based NGO Green Foundation.
Centre Director Sandip Hazareesingh has been awarded an AHRC Research Networking for International Development (GCRF) grant for a 12-month pilot project on 'Changing Farming Lives in South India, Past and Present'.
Centre Director Sandip Hazareesingh was one of the OU’s Academic Consultants for the BBC-OU documentary series ‘Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan’, broadcast in August 2017 on BBC2 to mark the 70th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan.
The British Empire and the Hajj, 1865-1956
by John Slight, Harvard University Press, 2015.
The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies
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