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Join historian and biographer Patrick French on Stepwell, the Ahmedabad University podcast, as he talks to eminent scholars from around the world, covering a broad range of topics and perspectives that challenge and transform conventional views.

StepwellJoin historian and biographer Patrick French on Stepwell, the Ahmedabad University podcast, as he talks to eminent scholars from around the world, covering a broad range of topics and perspectives that challenge and transform conventional views.
Episode 13 July 6, 2019

‘A Suitable Boy’ and other stories, with Mira Nair

6 Jul, 10:00 In the finale of the Stepwell podcast, Patrick French talks to the acclaimed director Mira Nair about why she shifted from documentary film-making to fiction, her adaptation of Vikram Seth's masterpiece 'a...

Episode 12 June 22, 2019

The Evolution of India’s Right Wing, with Swapan Dasgupta

Author Swapan Dasgupta details the history of the Hindu nationalist movement in India, discusses figureheads like Savarkar and Deendayal Upadhyaya and talks about the current Indian right wing, represented by the BJP government.

Episode 11 June 8, 2019

The history of the present, with Maya Jasanoff

On the latest episode of the Stepwell podcast, Patrick French and renowned Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff explore themes of globalisation, imperialism, identity and how these factors shape the modern world.

Episode 10 May 25, 2019

How Indian Democracy works, with Mukulika Banerjee

Patrick French talks to Mukulika Banerjee, the Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE, about why India votes, why the 2019 elections were radically different, how our voting system could be improved, whether India...

Episode 9 May 4, 2019

The need for interdisciplinary collaboration, with Simon Goldhill

The Professor of Greek Literature and Culture from Cambridge University joins academician Patrick French to discuss how collaborative, interdisciplinary work can solve complex problems.

Episode 8 April 13, 2019

With every breath: Why music matters, with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan

In this episode, Patrick French talks to the wonderful Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan about how their journeys into music started, what they have learnt along the way, their views on current methods of music...

Episode 7 March 30, 2019

Conservatism in India, with Shruti Kapila

On this episode of the Stepwell podcast, Patrick French talks to Shruti Kapila, a Historian at Cambridge University, about how Conservatism can be seen as a disposition rather than an ideology. Kapila details how this...

Episode 6 March 16, 2019

Cotton trade and the emergence of capitalism, with Sven Beckert

Join the historian and author of "Empire of Cotton" in conversation with Patrick French about how cotton trade, slavery and colonialism played a role in the emergence of capitalism.

Episode 5 March 2, 2019

“Missing” women in Indian Democracy, with Shamika Ravi

The Economist and Director of Research at Brookings India talks about economic growth, factors working against getting more women in Parliament and much more.

Episode 4 February 16, 2019

The people who are keeping our planet alive, with Jim Skea and Minal Pathak

Can climate change be mitigated? Patrick French talks to climate scientists Jim Skea and Minal Pathak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about how they weigh the evidence on global warming.

Episode 3 February 2, 2019

The evolution of US-South Asia relations over the decades, with Srinath Raghavan

Srinath Raghavan, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research discusses how power, ideology and culture shaped US-South Asia relations over the years.

Episode 2 January 5, 2019

Executing the grand ambition of universal franchise in India, with Ornit Shani

Patrick talks to political scientist Ornit Shani about how India executed the ambitious goal of universal franchise for its first election

Episode 1 December 31, 2018

Welcome to Stepwell, the Ahmedabad University podcast

Join historian and biographer Patrick French on Stepwell, the Ahmedabad University podcast, as he talks to eminent scholars from around the world, covering a broad range of topics and perspectives that challenge and transform conventional...