UCL Grand Challenges


India Voices

The Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding will be working on a number of initiatives under the heading India Voices over the next year. The programme will be cross-disciplinary in scope while being grounded in disciplinary excellence. Through community engaged research, public and academic discourse and policy engagement India Voices aims to effect social impact.

India Voices events in Spring/Summer 2017

This image was taken by UCL PhD student Jennifer Martin. Her research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) North Thames.

Between March and June 2017, the India Voices strand of work will be holding a number of exciting public events. Through this wide ranging series, you'll be able to explore:

  • India as the British Raj prepared to leave the country
  • Cultural barriers in art in India today
  • Representation of and political challenges to India's LGBT communities
  • Modern Indian art, music and film

...and much more.

This is the latest programme of India Voices events; you can click on the upcoming events to find out more and register your place.

20th March - Film screening: Viceroy's House, with director Gurinder Chadha

27th April - Talk: Indian Ocean Histories and Modern Art with Dr Subodh Kerkar from the Museum of Goa

28th April - Conference: Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century: Gandhian Themes and Values

4th May - Panel discussion: Difficult Dialogues: Health and Gender in India

12th May - In Conversation with Talvin Singh

25th May - Film screening: Cities of Sleep

15th June - Film Screening: Aligarh

17th June - Photo exhibition and dialogue: Photographing Communities of Belonging

19th June - Lecture: Seeds of Culture

21st June - Town Hall: UCL India Voices Town Hall Meeting

Previous India Voices events

Difficult Dialogues: forum of events held in Goa

Difficult Dialogues is an annual forum examining issues of contemporary relevance in South Asia, with a different yearly theme. Over three days, the forum hosts intensive discussions between diverse stakeholders: from policy makers, academics, and civil society, to politicians, leaders from media, business and international organizations, and rising young leaders. All discussions are managed to be respectful, factually accurate, and courageous.

In February 2017, Difficult Dialogues partnered with the National Health Mission of the Government of India and UCL to explore the ambition of Health For All: an examination of the grand challenge India faces in providing access to high quality healthcare for all citizens. It included discussions under four broad themes: Inequalities in Health and Healthcare; Perceptions of Gender and Consequences for Health; Universal Health (Care) Coverage; and The Changing Burden of Disease.

Find out more about the Difficult Dialogues series