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SAP Seminar Series: "Challenges for India's Economy: My Experience and Beyond" by Kaushik Basu

January 29th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

India stands at the crossroads, with its economy poised to take off. Yet it faces formidable challenges rooted not just in its economy but also politics, and society. This lecture will draw on the author's own experience as Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian government during 2009-12 and his subsequent policy work in the World Bank to discuss India's big hurdles and how it is l...


Fulbright Opportunities for Graduate Students

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides full funding for graduate and professional students conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Open to U.S. citizens only. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program supports doctoral students conducting research in modern languages or area studies for six to 12 months. Open to U.S. citizens and...


Anthropology Colloquium: Saiba Varma

February 2nd, 2018 - 3:00PM-4:30PM

Location: McGraw Hall

Room: 215

Vicissitudes of Care: Humanitarian-Militaristic Entanglements in Occupied Kashmir   Saiba Varma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego.  She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colgate University in spring 2018.   Saiba is a medical and cultural anthropologist working on questions of violence, medicine, psychiatry, and...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Undergraduate Information Session

February 7th, 2018 - 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 Seminar Series: "Cinematic Image of Village: the Portrayal of Village in Sinhala Films /Sri Lankan Cinema" by Athula Samarakoon

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The idea of 'village' has been one of the central concepts, and an iconic filmic image of Sri Lankan cinema throughout its history of 71 years. Sri Lankan mainstream Sinhala films utilize the ‘village narrative’ idealizing the village which was seemed to be influenced by the nationalist-religious views and more importantly by colonial thoughts. Even the films that bec...


SAP Seminar Series: "The Memory Card Phenomena in India: Vernacular Music and Download Cultures beyond Internet" by Rahul Mukherjee

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Memory cards are flash memory devices that enable storage and circulation of music in audio and video formats. In regions where the Internet bandwidth necessary to stream content is unavailable, people go to “download vendors” who put content onto memory cards and memory sticks. After the cassette and DVD revolutions, from 2010-2015, music enthusiasts increasingly started listening to...


Rethinking the Proposal: Concrete and Philosophical Approaches

February 28th, 2018 - 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: "Gandhāran Buddhist Texts: An Overview and Case Study of the Oldest South Asian Manuscripts" by Joe Marino

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Gandhāra, modern day eastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, was an important hub of early Buddhist culture at a key location connecting South Asia, East Asia, and the West. Until the mid-1990s, scholars knew of only a single Buddhist manuscript in the Gāndhārī language, but since that time Gāndhārī manuscripts dating from the first century BCE to the third century CE have emerged in...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Undergraduate Students

March 7th, 2018 - 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 Seminar Series: "‘European Knowledge in Indian Tongues’: Delhi College and the Politics of Translation in Colonial India" by Osama Siddiqui

March 12th, 2018 - 12:00AM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In the 1830s and 1840s, Delhi College was the center of a vibrant culture of translation. Works such as James Mill’s Political Economy, Euclid’s Elements, Oliver Goldsmith’s History of England, and many others were translated into Urdu. How did Indian scholars make sense of these works and what discursive choices did they make to translate them into Urdu? This paper explores thes...


SAP Seminar Series: "Multispecies Justice - Against Extinction & Extraction" by Subhankar Banerjee

March 13th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: KG470

In a mere six decades we have steadily progressed from the dread of “silent spring” to the prospect of a lonely earth. Scientists have been busy cataloguing the epic ongoing loss of life—mass extinction and mass die-off—that largely remain out of our sight and apprehension. At the same time impacts of climate change—fires, floods, hurricanes—have...


SAP Seminar Series: "Politics, Political Economy and the “Permanent Minority”: Race and the Indian Poor in Malaysia" by Rupa Viswanath

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Racial differences in Malaysia were incorporated into the political structures of the 19th century—in forms of communal representation that will be very familiar to South Asianists—as the putatively natural counterpart to the racialized labour market that was put in place: Indians were imported to plant rubber, the Chinese put to work in tin mines or railways, and Malays, construed as...


SAP Seminar Series: "Now You See It, Now You Don’t" A cultural history of the Indian Emergency (1975-1977), by Ayelet Ben-Yishai

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Forty years after the events of the Emergency roiled India, recent political events and tensions seem to have returned it to public discourse. Declared by Indira Gandhi in June 1975 and lasting a mere twenty months, the Emergency was swiftly relegated to the status of anomaly in India’s democratic history. And yet – as evident in the discourse of the Emergency and attested in its most...


SAP Seminar Series: "From Sri Lanka to America: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Contemporary Transnational Sufism" by Merin Shobhana Xavier

April 9th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (d. 1986), a Tamil Sufi teacher from Sri Lanka, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October 1971. His arrival led to the formation of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (BMF). The Fellowship attracted a community of spiritual seekers with varying affinities to Sufism, Islam, and other religious traditions. With Bawa's death in 1986, he was buried in the Fe...


SAP Seminar Series: "Sovereign Figures in Colonial India (ca. 1858-1947)" by Milinda Banerjee

April 16th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The paper argues that concepts (and practices) of human, divine, and messianic rulership have been central to the emergence of colonial ideologies, anti-colonial nationalisms, as well as ‘lower caste’ and ‘tribal’ politics in modern India. Drawing especially on case studies from colonial Bengal (and the associated princely states of Cooch Behar and Tripura), Banerjee shows...


SAP Seminar Series: "A Tradition of Inventions: Arumuga Navlar’s Construction of a Saiva Public in Colonial Jaffna" by Darshan Ambalavanar

April 23rd, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Jaffna Peninsula in northern Sri Lanka experienced one of the  longest periods of sustained colonial rule in South Asia. In the 19th century Congregationalist missionaries from the United States introduced new forms of knowledge, learning and institutions with the aim of converting Tamil Saivites. Arumuga Navalar articulated an intellectual response that defended and re-articula...


SAP Seminar Series: "Leaks and the Hydraulic City" by Nikhil Anand

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

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In this talk I will present an overview of my recently published book, Hydraulic City. Drawing attention to the ways in which settlers in Mumbai establish access to water in the city, I begin by showing that urban citizenship is not an event in linear time, but a fickle, distributed and reversible process. Next, I attend to the ways in which water leaks in the public system. Rather than theorize t...


SAP Seminar Series: "Contradictions of Craft and the Cunning of Culture: The Co-Production of Caste in a Sri Lankan Artisan Village" by Aimée Douglas

May 7th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In Sri Lanka, caste among the Sinhalese has long been disavowed as a remnant of another era, a social artefact fated to diminish with the ascendance of a market economy. And yet, even at a moment when agents of neoliberal governance explicitly identify cultural heritage as every much a resource for domestic economic growth as tea, tourism, or textiles, those engaged in the country’s historic...

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