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Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Every Monday at 12:15 p.m in G08 Uris Hall, a different South Asia scholar presents an informal lecture.

James W. Gair (1927-2016)

The South Asia Program mourns the passing of James W. Gair, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Cornell University and former Director of the South Asia Program, on December 10, 2016.

Study Abroad Leads Professor to Lifelong Academic Study

Professor Anne Blackburn, Director of the South Asia Program, calls herself “a poster child for study abroad.” As an undergraduate, she went to Sri Lanka with the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational Program, and that experience has directed her research interests ever since. Because her college had no Asian studies major, she designed her own, focusing on Asian history and religion.

Asian & Asian American Center (A3C)

The mission of the Asian & Asian American Center (A3C) is to bring together the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American student experiences to support a strong and inclusive campus community.

A3C promotes positive student-to-student and group-to-group interaction to contribute to the multicultural education of all students and to the social/cultural development of leaders able to navigate a diverse and complex global society. Our programs focus on advocacy, education, identity and community-building. We strive to be an affirming and welcoming space on campus that works to incorporate principles of social justice into our programs and services. All are welcome and encouraged to attend our programs and get involved in our work.

SAP Area Studies and Language Courses for Spring 2017

Consider taking SAP area studies and language courses when registering for Spring 2017 classes.

Students may elect to major in Asian Studies with a focus on South Asia, or pursue a minor in South Asian Studies. Both can be essential for careers in government, teaching, law, business, and more. Click on the title to browse the course list.

Refugee Education Conference

Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Onondaga Community College, Syracuse

A conference in Syracuse in November will explore the tapped and untapped potential for internationalizing and enriching the community college experience for all students. Participants will learn from community colleges that have successfully engaged past generations of refugee students and integrated their culture, history, and communities into the educational landscape of their campus. Presentations will provide background and contextualize the arrival of recent refugees from South and Southeast Asia in particular. Participants will be encouraged to share what they are doing on their own campuses and exchange ideas with faculty, staff, and students from other community colleges as well as with social service providers, K-12 teachers, and others from and involved in various refugee communities.

Apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

FLAS fellowships assist students in pursuing advanced training to acquire a high level of competence in one or more languages that are critical to national needs of the United States and to gain a fuller understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which those languages are commonly used.

FLAS fellowships are offered to fund the study of the following languages:

South Asia Program (SAP):

Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Urdu

Southeast Asia Program (SEAP):

Burmese, Khmer (Cambodian), Indonesian/Malay, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

SAP's 2016 Tagore Lecture: "The Soloist Performs with an Orchestra of Events" By Ranjit Hoskote

In this year’s Tagore Modern Indian Literature Lecture, Hoskote addressed the tension between contemporary poetry and current cultural and political debates over India’s national identity in a globalized world. He also discussed some of the contexts in which he writes his own poetry, including diaspora, multilingualism, translation, ecological crisis, transcultural encounters, and the rise of illiberal demagoguery.

The lecture took place on September 23 at the A.D. White House. The Endowment in Modern Indian Literature was established in 1999 with the generous support of professor emeritus Narahari Umanath Prabhu and his wife Mrs. Suman (Sumi) Prabhu.

Link for the full lecture:

Culture & Politics in Pakistan: The Long Shadow of the Cold War

Monday, October 31 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall, G-08

Saadia Toor is Associate Professor of Sociology & Women’s Studies at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistanpublished in 2011 by Pluto Press explored the history of Pakistan through the lens of its cultural politics, with an emphasis on the role of the Left. She has also written extensively on the importance of (neo) liberal discourses of gender and sexual rights in securing support for the War on Terror among progressives in both Pakistan and the 'West'. Toor is also co-editor of a special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly on the theme of Solidarity.

Nehru, India and the Interwar World: An International History of Anti-colonial Nationalism

Monday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Rockerfeller Hall 115

This SAP's lecture is co-sponsored with Graduate History Association at History Department. Michele Louro's talk will be based on her book manuscript At home in the world: Jawaharlal Nehru and global anti-imperialism, which is currently under review with Cambridge University Press. The book situates Indian nationalist politics in a broad, international context of anti-imperialist movements beginning in the late colonial and interwar period. Louro contributes a much-needed international perspective to Indian colonial history. As a case study, her project traces the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru, then a prominent leader of the Indian independence movement and later India's first prime minister (1947-1964), and the League against Imperialism (LAI), a significant, yet little studied organization founded in Brussels in February 1927.