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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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SAP 60th Anniversary Weekend!


Kashmiris: A Forgotten People

Kashmiris: A Forgotten People
Date: 
10/02/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
228 Malott Hall (Bache Auditorium)
Sponsors: 
Islamic Alliance for Justice

Kashmir - a conflicted state between Pakistan and India - has been the center of military and political battles since 1947. Beyond the politics and the national interests of the two countries, this panel discussion aims to go deeper into the black box and highlight the human experience of Kashmiris. Despite evidence of massive human rights abuses, the immense suffering of the civilian population has failed to receive due attention from political and activist circles as well as mainstream media.

"The Political Commitment to Public Services in India," by Vivek Srinivasan, Stanford University

"The Political Commitment to Public Services in India," by Vivek Srinivasan, Stanford University
Date: 
10/06/2014 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Location: 
Uris Hall G-08
Sponsors: 
South Asia Program

Abstract: During the Indian election campaign in 2014, there were intense debates on how far governments should go in delivering basic public services.  Some argued that governments are inefficient, corrupt and services do not reach anyone – and so the government should withdraw from them and improve the fiscal deficit.  Will the NDA respond to this critique and wind down services? Vivek Srinivasan examines this question by looking at the politics around public services in India’s past.         

"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.

Emme Edmunds is a PhD candidate currently writing her dissertation based on fieldwork in Delhi.

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.

  One focus was the preparation of teaching materials — they collaborated with other scholars to produce textbooks for Sinhala, Tamil and Pali.