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"The SAP celebrates 60th Anniversary: The Early Years"

SAP PeacockPost-WWII South Asian studies at Cornell was somewhat different in its aims than the multidisciplinary campus-wide Cornell area programs that we know today. It was imagined as a training ground and leadership program in anthropology and closely related disciplines for graduate students (Gerald D. Berreman, Bernard S. Cohn, Edward B Harper, Louise G. Harper, John T Hitchcock, Mildred S. Luschinsky, J. Michael Mahar, Jack M. Planalp, William L. Rowe and others) and even for post-graduate scholars from Cornell and elsewhere (John Gumperz, Pauline Kolenda, Leigh Minturn). They focused their research on the new issues facing the post-colonial world. In the India project, they took up residence in village communities that were seen as the fundamental unit of study through which national change and development could be understood and introduced. They studied under mentors concerned with these issues including Professors Allan Holmberg, Lauriston Sharp and Opler.

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Video: Manjushree Thapa, "Imagining Interdependence"

Video: Manjushree Thapa, "Imagining Interdependence"

"I believe that writing is, above everything else, an act of creating or shaping public consciousness....Fiction writing is an attempt to ... depict the so-called small people, the unimportant people, in their complexity, and to engender empathy among people," said Manjushree Thapa, discussing her new novel.

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SAP receives NRC-FLAS funding!

SAP receives NRC-FLAS funding!

The Cornell University South Asia Program recently received substantial funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  With our consortial partner, the Syracuse University South Asia Center, we have again been funded as a South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), and awarded  Title VI funding to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students. The Cornell-Syracuse NRC is one of 6 South Asia NRCs funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the years 2014-2018.

James Gair and W.S. Karunatillake— Photos Illustrating Decades of Collaboration Promoting the Study of Sinhala

James Gair and W.S. Karunatillake— Photos Illustrating Decades of Collaboration Promoting the Study of Sinhala

  Two distinguished scholars, Professor James W. Gair of Cornell University and Professor W.S. Karunatillake of Kelaniya University, worked together to promote the understanding and study of Sinhala and South Asian linguistics for nearly five decades, from 1965 until Professor Karunatillake’s untimely death in 2012.

New South Asia Course

New South Asia Course

Anthr/Arkeo 2135: Beyond Kings, Palaces and Temples: Archaeology of South Asia (3 credits).  Spring 2015.  Dr. Uthara Suvrathan.

"Paradoxes of Taboo: Knowledge about Sexuality among the Middle Class in Delhi, India," by Emme Edmunds, Cornell University

"Paradoxes of Taboo: Knowledge about Sexuality among the Middle Class in Delhi, India," by Emme Edmunds, Cornell University
Date: 
10/20/2014 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Location: 
Uris Hall G-08
Sponsors: 
South Asia Program

Data from semi structured interviews and subsequent ethnography explore people's strategies of gathering and sharing sexual and reproductive health knowledge in Delhi. How does taboo simultaneously facilitate and undermine the processes of communicating about safe, satisfactory sexual experience for young adults? The research has a primary focuses on women and people from marginalized, LGBT communities.