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SPICMACAY Fall'18 Concert ft. Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar

October 19th, 2018 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: Auditorium

SPICMACAY presents an Indian Classical Music concert by Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar on 19th October. A disciple of Ustad Bahadur Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pt. Majumdar is one of the most popular and celebrated modern sarod players in India. He will be accompanied by Shri Gourisankar Karmakar on the Tabla. Shri Gourisankarji is a leading tabla Maestro of the present generation a...


SAP Seminar Series, Works & Continuities – The City of Mumbai, by Brinda Somaya

October 22nd, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The challenges that an Architect faces, working and living in today’s India, are probably unparalleled. The largest Urban Movement taking place in the world will be in India where hundreds of millions of people will be moving into the cities from rural areas by 2050. Having lived most of my life in Mumbai, I have seen it grow from a beautiful City of 3 million people, to an unruly metropolis...


Kinship, Authority, and the Practice of Secularism

October 23rd, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 122

This talk draws on ethnographic research in sharia courts (dar ul qazas) in the north Indian cities of Delhi and Patna to argue that kinship is a key site of secular governance. The regulation of kinship produces some of the oppositions—between public and private, secular and religious—upon which political secularism relies. By looking at how kinship is regulated, the talk explores the...


SAP Seminar Series, The Promise and Limitations of Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Evidence from India's Independence, by Saumitra Jha

October 24th, 2018 - 12:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Warren Hall

Room: 401

I will present an overview of a book project, joint with Rikhil Bhavnani, that examines the promise and limitations of non-violent civil disobedience as a means for peaceful political reform. The project draws upon both crosscountry comparisons of political movements, and a detailed empirical analyses of India's struggle for independence that draws upon hithertoun-tapped secret intelligence re...


Tea High and Low: Elixir, Exploitation and Ecology Conference, October 26 - 27

October 26th, 2018 - 1:00PM-5:00PM

October 26, 1:00-5:00, Hirsch Lecture Room, Johnson Museum October 27, 9:00-4:00, Nevin Welcome Center, Botanic Gardens This conference explores the cultural, religious, botanical, economic, and environmental dimensions of the global spread of Camellia sinensus, commonly known worldwide as either tea or chai.  Dried, fermented, ground, steeped, poulticed, eaten, and imbibed, this p...


SAP Seminar Series, How Cornell (and others) Influenced our Direction in Higher Education at Somaiya Vidyavihar, by Samir Somaiya

October 30th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

How does one create an oasis of learning? What would it strive to achieve?  How are we trying to achieve this? How did my education in the USA, and specifically Cornell influence the direction that we take? How do I choose to differ?  Somaiya Vidyavihar was founded in 1959, to be an oasis of learning. It was founded by my grandfather, K. J. Somaiya to spread educ...


International Reserach Travel Grant

October 31st, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

These grants provide travel support for Cornell graduate students conducting short-term research and/or fieldwork outside the United States. They also provide travel support for professional students engaged in various academic experiences in the international arena. ...


SAP Seminar Series, Brand-Name Capitalism, Advertising and the Making of Middle-Class Conjugality in Western India, 1918-1950, by Doug Haynes

November 5th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This lecture is an overview of my current book project on the rise of professional advertising in western India during the interwar period and its aftermath. It will discuss the development of the global field of advertising, focusing on the ways advertising specialists sought to induce members of emerging middle class to abandon locally produced goods and pre-existing bodily practices, and to tak...


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

November 7th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students studying modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Funding is offered in collaboration with the Einaudi Center’s South Asia and Southeast Asia Programs....


Borders: Real and Imagined 2018 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference

November 10th, 2018 - 9:00AM-5:00PM

Location: A. D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

The objective of this conference is to map the ways in which borders manifest as physical and conceptual frameworks for dictating social, cultural, and economic divisions. Often we hear of the borders that divide physical spaces, such as North and South, or of the real and imagined borders that seek to define the nation-state. Conceptually, borders provide a framework for discussing notions such a...


SAP Seminar Series, The Postcolonial State and Colonial Capital: Steamships, Waterways, and the Making of East Pakistan's National Economy, by Tariq Omar Ali

November 12th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Steam transformed the topography of eastern Bengal’s waterways during the late nineteenth, altering the routes, speeds, and directions through which commodities, capital, and people circulated on the delta’s riverways. Steam constituted Calcutta as the delta’s metropolis and, conversely, the delta as Calcutta’s hinterland. Partition carved out the deltaic hinterland, severe...


“Monsoon Asia: The Past and Future Imagination of a Region” by Sunil Amrith, Einaudi Center Distinguished Speaker

November 15th, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Malott Hall

Room: 251

In the 1930s, the notion of “monsoon Asia” was widespread in the fields of geography and anthropology. Its adherents saw climate, and particularly the seasonally reversing monsoon winds, as central to understanding the commonalities among India, Southeast Asia, and southern China. Monsoon Asia had largely disappeared as a geographical category by the 1980s, but now it is back,...


SAP Seminar Series, Violence and the Jurisdiction of "Disturbed Areas": Notes from Colonial India, by Bhavani Raman

November 19th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

What does the gridding of extraordinary and ordinary jurisdictions entail for understanding the relationship of violence and law?  In an effort to unravel territorial certitude and a unified legal order and its suspension as the foundation of state authority, this paper draws out the history of “disturbed areas” to explore the relationship between frontier thinking and jurisdictio...


SAP Seminar Series, Branding Gods: Mediating Divinity in the Bazaars of Banaras, by Andy Rotman

November 26th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In 2002 India embarked on a plan to brand itself for tourism with its “Incredible India” campaign, which brought together every government sector to market the nation. The campaign was extremely successful in branding India as a tourist destination, and it also helped brand India within Indian marketplaces, such that the English word “brand” entered local vernaculars, as di...

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