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Workshop: Rethinking the Proposal

February 20th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Part philosophy, part practical tutorial, this workshop aims to make proposal writing easier and more successful. It also offers an ensemble of remarkably useful tools for producing, revising, and editing, even under the stress of deadline....


SAP Seminar Series, Aliens, Code-shifters, and Rude-Mapping, by Jaret Vadera

February 28th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 374

In this artist talk and conversation, Jaret Vadera will discuss key arcs, propositions, and questions guiding his practice. Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we understand the world around and within us. Vadera's practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/decoloni...


SAP Speaker Series, On the Prowl: Tigers and Tea Planters in British India, by Romita Ray

March 4th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

By the late 1800s, swathes of jungle in eastern India were cleared to create tea estates or plantations. But these commercial landscapes were never quite splintered from the wilderness, their porous boundaries remaining open to a spectacular array of wildlife that wandered over in search of food. My talk focuses on the tiger, the most ferocious of predators to cross over into tea plantations. Spec...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

March 4th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the Fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year. ...


SAP Speaker Series, Cast in India Screening and Filmmaker Q & A, by Natasha Raheja

March 6th, 2019 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Cast in India (26 min, USA/India, 2014) Bengali and Hindi with English subtitles  Iconic and ubiquitous, thousands of manhole covers dot the streets of New York City. Enlivening the everyday objects around us, this short observational film is a glimpse of the working lives of the men behind the manhole covers in New York City. The film traces thecurious circuit of manhole...


SAP Seminar Series, Speculative Futures: Cinema, Cotton, and Contingency in Colonial Bombay, by Debashree Mukherjee

March 11th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Media products and practices are commonly considered part of a discrete realm called “culture,” and even though we now recognize the centrality of media systems in technological and military histories, the connections between media and economy remain understudied. In this talk I describe Bombay’s early talkie film industry (1930s-1940s) as a sprawling, multi-actant cine-ecology w...


'Manto' film screening, and Q & A with director, Nandita Das

March 14th, 2019 - 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: KG 70

Manto is based on the four most significant and tumultuous years (1946-1950) in the life of Saadat Hasan Manto. It is set during the Independence of India from the British, leading to the Partition of the country. As sectarian violence engulfs India, Manto is compelled to make the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay for the newly born Pakistan. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of frie...


SAP Seminar Series, Women and Water in North Bihar, by Luisa Cortesi

March 18th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

North Bihar, India, is a land of water. For several months a year, the rivers that crisscross the landscape erupt from their banks and flood in all directions. As the land becomes a sea, chances of survival become gendered and diluted: in the floods of North Bihar, women die more often than men. This is not due to their lack of skills: more women than men know how to swim. Informed...


SAP Speaker Series, Kashmir: The Epicenter of the India-Pakistan Conflict, by Pervez Majeed

March 20th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 374

Pervez will provide an overview of the prevailing situation in Kashmir, the stated positions of India and Pakistan and its consequent impact on the political, social and security situation in Kashmir.  As a journalist who was born, brought up, educated, and worked in the conflict-ridden Kashmir, the speaker will share his experiences and understanding of the issue which is at the centre of a...


Kashmir and India-Pakistan Relations: Chequered History, Bleak Present

March 21st, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Pervez Majeed, Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Kashmir Higher Education Department, India, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Kashmir and India-Pakistan Relations: Chequered History, Bleak Present” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar.  Co-sponsored by the South Asia Program. He will also be speaking on Wednesday Ma...


SAP Speaker Series, Caste, Temple, Church and Remittance Practices of the Tamil Diaspora: Resisting and Reproducing Hierarchies in Post-War Jaffna, by Thanges Paramsothy

March 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This paper examines the caste-based religious remittance practices of the Tamil diaspora and considers how such remittances fulfil multiple needs of the dispersed Tamils who live in exile and at ‘home’. The remittances sent by the Tamil diaspora are utilized, inter alia, for the renovation of caste-based Hindu temples and churches in their ūr (village or homeland). The paper observes...


Society for the Humanities Presents: Prasenjit Duara

March 25th, 2019 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: A. D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

"The Art of Convergent Comparison—China and India in Modern Times": In this talk, Duara will argue that non-discursive modes of authorizing ‘foreign’ processes as home-grown are crucial to their acceptance, particularly since extra-national penetrations in the emergent national body need to take place below the discursive radar. They include visual, aural, olfactor...


SAP Seminar Series, Agency and the Construction of Practice, by Sarosh Anklesaria

March 26th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The talk will situate architectural agency within the construction of practice in the global south. Since the inception of modernism the pavilion has been a medium of experimentation; a critical vehicle embodying the zeitgeist. How can the pavilion serve as an agent provocateur in addressing key cultural and urban questions of our time? In the face of pervasive ecological, climatic, and political...


Writing a Winning Fulbright Proposal

March 27th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Primarily for undergraduates, this session offers guidance on how to write a winning proposal for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The session will be led by two Fulbright advisors with years of experience. Applying for a Fulbright? We encourage you to attend!...


SAP Speaker Series, Pakistanis in the American Court: Legalities and Consequences of Extraterritorial Applications of US Criminal Law, by Emad Ansari

April 8th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This talk focuses primarily on two cases, US v. Siddiqui, and US v. Yousef, to speak both about the chain of precedent that permits the extension of American judicial reach to criminal acts performed extraterritorially. This extension of power has implications not only for international law norms on jurisdiction but also for thinking critically about sovereignty in the context of unequal political...


"Soil health in the Indo-Gangetic Plain" - Kavya Krishnan

April 11th, 2019 - 12:20PM-7:00PM

Location: Emerson Hall

Room: 135

Kavya Krishnan Graduate student, SCS Kavya is a second year Ph.D. student in the field of Soil and Crop Sciences. Her primary research interests are studying soil health – particularly its effects on food security. For the fieldwork component of her PhD, she is working with India-based agricultural universities like the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University in Bihar to...


SAP Speaker Series, Dance for Social Change, by Mallika Sarabhai

April 11th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: KG 70

Mallika Sarabhai has been one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has been creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and has been honorary Director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts for 40 years. She first came to...


SAP Speaker Series, Worlds of Love: Sung Poetry in Wakhi Central and South Asia, by Richard Wolf

April 15th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Part of a larger project on music and ethos in greater Central Asia, this presentation focuses on the topic of love. Two poets-singers, Qurbonsho and Daulatsho, express multileveled forms of relationality in their moral and physical worlds, in part through theorizations around love. The two poets share a common language (Wakhi), religion (Ismaili Islam), physical environment and livelihood based o...


Lecture: Susan S. Bean

April 18th, 2019 - 5:15PM-7:00PM

Location: Johnson Museum of Art

Room: Wing lecture room

Susan S. Bean, PhD, curates, writes, and consults on the visual arts and culture of modern South Asia. She is the chair of the Art & Archaeology Center of the American Institute of Indian Studies and an associate of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. She was senior curator for South Asian and Korean art at the Peabody Essex Museum until her retirement in 2012 and previously taught...


Symposium: Indian Textile Trade

April 19th, 2019 - 9:00AM-4:00PM

Location: Johnson Museum of Art

At this daylong symposium, speakers will discuss topics related to the exhibition Traded Treasure: Indian Textiles for Global Markets and be live streamed on live.alumni.cornell.edu. A complete schedule will be posted here (to be announced). This program is cosponsored by Cornell’s South Asia Program, Southeast Asia Program, and Department of History of Art and Vi...

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