NOT THE ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR (20-21 OCT)
Anarchy or Chaos: M.P.T. Acharya, Anticolonialism and Indian Anarchism
This talk explores the life and activities of the Indian anarchist M. P. T. Acharya (1887-1954).
Based on a forthcoming book on Acharya (AK Press, 2019), this talk opens a window onto the international anarchist movement in the interwar years, the history of anarchism in India, and how uncovering Acharya’s anarchist philosophy might help decolonise anarchism.
Dr Ole Birk Laursen
Lecturer | NYU London
Teaching Fellow | Department of Comparative Literature | Queen Mary, University of London
Book: Ed., M. P. T. Acharya, We Are Anarchists: Essays on Anarchism, Pacifism, and the Indian Independence Movement, 1923-1953 (AK Press, 2019)
Journal article: ‘Anarchist Anti-Imperialism: Guy Aldred and the Indian Revolutionary Movement, 1909-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2018)
Book chapter: ‘Anti-Imperialism’, in The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, ed. by Carl Levy and Matthew Adams (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Blog: ‘When an Indian lawyer was sent to Scandinavia to preach the virtues of colonial rule’, Scroll.in (24 May 2018)
VENUE: DIY Space for London