ISA Lectures

ISA organises the ISA Lectures held by speakers invited for their distinguished contribution to Asian studies 


ISA lecture 2019/20 - Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA- Collège de France)

Europe's India and India's Europe: reflections on an early modern encounter - 12 December 2019

Poster and abstract


ISA lecture 2021 - Philippe Peycam (International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden)

Asian Studies as Engagement: Research, Institution Building and Civic Responsibility - 26 March 2021

Poster and abstract


ISA lecture 2022 - Monica H. Green

A Pan-Eurasian Plague? New Narratives of the Black Death and a Path Forward in Asian Epidemiological History - 1 June 2022

Poster and abstract


ISA lectures 2023 - Amitav Ghosh

In 2023 the Institute collaborated in organising the following series of lectures by Amitav Ghosh:

The Nutmeg's Curse: Non-human voices and more-than-human stories - 23 October 2023

Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean - 25 October 2023

The Ibis Trilogy - 26 October 2023

Smoke and Ashes: A Writer's Journey Through Opium's Hidden Histories - 27 October 2023



    Conferences and seminars

    Workshop - Giornata di Studi dell’ISA 

    Immagini della città in Asia tra passato e presente

    online -10 December 2020

    Poster and program


    International Conference

    Studies on Dharma in the Himalayan Region

    organised in collaboration with Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschafte.

    Napoli, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” -27-29 April 2022

    Poster and program attached 


    International Conference

    European Conference for South Asian Studies (ECSAS 2023)

    organised in collaboration with the following Departments of the University of Torino: Studi Umanistici, Culture, Politica e Società, Lingue e Letterature straniere e Culture moderne, Giurisprudenza.

    Torino, 26-29 July 2023

    Conference website




    Project "Invisible India"

    India Invisibile/Invisible India is a project of ISA, with the Departments of Law, Cultures Politics and Society, and Humanities of the University of Torino, in collaboration with Centro Studi Sereno Regis, International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO)Jarom Onlus.

    The initiative was inspired by the photographic exhibition Behind the Indian Boom, which Alpa Shah (The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE) and the filmmaker Simon Chambers produced in London on the theme of inequality and poverty in India's booming economy. The exhibition, funded by the European Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council was replicated in Torino in three different venues: Campus Luigi Einaudi (27 March – 2 April 2019), ILO - International Training Center (27 March – 17 May 2019), and Spazio Regione Piemonte (28 May – 15 June 2019).

    The exhibition is part of a series of events, projections and seminars.




    The cycle of film screenings includes the film Sangharsh, screened on 26 February 2019 at the Quazza Auditorium, followed by a meeting with the filmmaker Nicolas Jaoul. Shot between 1997 and 2001, Sangharsh takes us into the world of Dalit activism (untouchable communities) at the end of the 20th century in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Dalit Panther militants propagate the revolutionary message of Ambedkar, historical leader of Dalit emancipation. Their wanderings through the slums and villages of the Kanpur region present an unprecedented political moment in a region in full social ferment. The words, gestures, expectations and contrasts of this revolt reveal the sense of urgency of Dalit groups to defend their right to live with dignity, even if humiliation, exploitation and violence remain constantly around the corner.

    The cycle of meetings and seminars includes the Workshop with Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche on the theme Seeing the Hidden: The Praxis of Counterhegemonic Writing in India, 28 March 2019, Sala Lauree Blu, Campus Luigi Einaudi (programme).

    The initiative was concluded by the conference entitled The Globalization Project: Falling Behind or Failing Forward?, organised with Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research (, held from 13 to 15 June 2019 at the Piedmont Region Exhibition Hall and the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin.


    Project "Images of the city in Asia between past and present"

    Urbanization and migration, narratives and myths, human, social and political conflicts, economic development and inclusiveness, smart cities and innovation, cultural heritage and new visions, rights, global dimension and circulation of ideas, environment and sustainability, openness and closure, languages and new identities, stratification and hybridization - the real and symbolic dimension of the city allows us to explore the complex transformations of Asia between past and present. The Institute of Asian Studies of the University of Turin organizes research activitiesa and workshops to analyze the major issues related to cities in Asia, in a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.


    Within the project the Workshop-Giornata di Studi dell'ISA was organised on the 10th of December 2020 on Immagini della città in Asia tra passato e presente  - Poster and program


    The project published the volume: Immagini della città in Asia tra passato e presente, edited by Domenico Francavilla, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2022 - Info