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South Asia Program Graduate Symposium

February 27th, 2017 - 11:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Graduate students across the disciplines whose work intersects in South Asia present their research at the SAP Graduate Symposium. 11:00-12:00: Natalia diPietrantonio, PhD candidate, History of Art, "Erotic Visions: Poetry, Literature, and Book Arts from Avadh (1754-1857)."  12:00-1:00: Osama Siddiqui, PhD candidate, History, "The Enchantment of Political Economy: Wealth...


SAP Seminar Series: "Space of ‘Pattini’ Ritual as a negotiation and tension of identity" by Waruni Anuruddhika

March 6th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

People’s sense of identity appears in a time of crisis. Particularly, in a context of social exclusion and marginalization, victimized groups might reconsider their sense of identities. Consequently, excluded groups may yield possible strategies to respond to the hurdles which emanate from the social exclusion. The marginalized group’s embracing the dominant identity is an example for...


SAP Seminar Series: "Do Financial Incentives Reduce Gender Discrimination? Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes for Girls in India" by T.V. Sekher

March 13th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are a marked departure from the traditional approaches in social welfare measures. By providing money to poor families under certain verifiable conditions, CCTs seek to address short-term income support and promote long-term accumulation of human capital. CCTs can be an effective way of targeting limited resources to the poor and disadvantaged sections which w...


Rethinking the Proposal: Concrete and Philosophical Approaches

March 15th, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: G08 Uris Hall

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: "Insurgent Comparisons: Early Communism in Late Colonial India" by Manu Goswami

March 20th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Manu Goswami’s talk will address the unexpected resonance of communism in late colonial India. It will do so through a close reading of the neglected archive of the individual depositions that populated the Meerut Conspiracy Trial (1929-1933), the longest and most expensive trial in colonial India. For legal historians the Meerut trial exemplifies the overt abrogation of formal procedures an...


SAP Seminar Series: "Seeing vs. Being Seen: Conversion Beyond Ambedkar, Islam Among Non-Brahmins, and the Village of Meenakshipuram"

March 22nd, 2017 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The two most important mass conversions in 20th century postcolonial India were that led by Ambedkar in 1956 to Buddhism and that at the village of Meenakshipuram in 1981 to Islam. Though both involved untouchable outcaste communities and non-Hindu religions, Ambedkar’s conversion has consistently served as a shorthand for all untouchable conversions across India, not simply eclipsing the ma...


SAP Seminar Series: "Signs of the Self in Stories in Pre-colonial Bengal: Love, Sex, Marriage, War, and Self-Sacrifice, c. 1650-1750" by David Curley

March 27th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This lecture explores two related themes. The first discusses ‘fluid signs’ of power and freedom, and the second discusses the disciplines necessary for social relationships, identities and hierarchies. We have explored not a ‘Bengali’ identity, but a complex and dialogic topography of intersecting literary traditions. Sometimes this topography reached beyond the provincial...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Session for Undergraduates

March 27th, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: G08 Uris Hall

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 of senior year; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the application process in their junior year....


SAP Seminar Series: "In the Shadow of Feminism: Men’s Movements in India Imagine Family, Violence and Action" by Srimati Basu

April 10th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

As women’s organizations have mobilized the Indian State since the 1980’s to institute a slate of laws on intimate violence, men’s groups (MRAs) have formed in counterpoint to challenge definitions of dowry, violence, economic restitution and punitive criminal apparatuses deployed in cases of family violence. These groups have become substantial transnational vocal presences thro...


SAP Seminar Series: "Reading between the lines: Indian poetry in English and the challenges of the archive" by Emma Bird

April 17th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This lecture reflects on the challenges and opportunities offered by the literary archive for scholars of Indian poetry in English. It considers how the archive enriches our understanding of poetry and the context in which it was written, and suggests the close relationship between historical, materialist research on the one hand, and close reading and formal literary analysis, on the other....


SAP Film Screening: Ingirunthu (Here and Now)

April 19th, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Showing of the film Ingirunthu (Here and Now), followed by a Q&A with the director, Sivamohan Sumathy...


SAP Seminar Series: "Power Cut Comedy and Network Connections in Tamil Nadu, India" by Laura C. Brown

April 24th, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In the last decade power cuts have become a regular, if not a routine, feature of life in Tamil Nadu, India. Rather than representing a break from everyday routines, real and anticipated power cuts are integral to the way in which ordinary life in Indian cities is built and imagined. Drawing on jokes, popular film, and recordings of everyday conversations, Professor Brown examines how ta...


SAP Seminer Series: "B1nary C0des: Dancing Dichotomies in Bangalore's Gay Nightlife" by Kareem Khubchandani

May 1st, 2017 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This talk draws on ethnographic research that Professor Khubchandani conducted between 2009 and 2013 in Bangalore for his book, Ishtyle: Improvising Gay South Asian Nightlife, which explores how middle and upper class professional men negotiate intimacy under conditions of displacement, migration, and labor contingency.  “Binary codes” plays on the lingua franca of...


SAP Seminar Series: "Art as Ethnography: Troubling Narratives" by Sivamohan Sumathy

May 3rd, 2017 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

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