Victoria Schofield in conversation with Dr Nasreen Rehman

Victoria Schofield is well known historian and commentator on international affairs, .The subject of their discussion will be the recently updated edition of Schofield’s book ‘Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War.’

Victoria Schofield has over many years gained a specialist knowledge and love of South Asia, having travelled widely in the region. She is acknowledged as one of the leading international experts on the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Her books include   Kashmir in the Crossfire (1996), Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War (2000, 2002, 2010 & 2021), Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of Conflict (2003, 2010), and Wavell: Soldier and Statesman (2006, 2010). She has recently published her memoir of her friendship with Benazir Bhutto, entitled The Fragrance of Tears.  Schofield is also the author of the official two-volume history of The Black Watch: The Highland Furies, The Black Watch 1739-1899 (2012) and The Black Watch, Fighting in the Frontline 1899-2006 (2017). She is a contributor to BBC World TV, BBC World Service and a variety of newspapers and journals including Asian Affairs and The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. She is a life member of The Pakistan Society. 

Victoria Schofield read Modern History at the University of Oxford and was President of the Oxford Union in 1977. In 2004-05 she was the Visiting Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  She is currently Chair of the Oxford Union Literary and Debating Trust (OLDUT) and Chair of the Editorial Board of The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

Dr Nasreen Rehman is an economist who has worked in the private and public sectors in the UK and Pakistan before she turned to the arts and humanities. A historian of emotions and aesthetics, Nasreen is an activist, an academic, and an award-winning screenplay writer, who believes in the power of the arts to transform societies.

As Artistic Director of the Grand Trunk Road Company (GTR CO), a platform that connects people and ideas, she works with individuals and organisations across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the UK, who share GTR CO’s commitment to global peace, human rights, and a fight against gender-based violence, including violence against women and girls (VAWG), and for the rights of the LGBT and transgender communities. Nasreen is Director of the National Commission on Forced Marriage (UK).

Time: 6 pm (UK Time)

Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Venue: Zoom webinar

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