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FLAS Fellowships

Deadline for Academic Year and Summer fellowships for Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan & Urdu is Wednesday, February 14 2018 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.

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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.

SAP Conference: Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of the Intellectual History of Kashmir

Tuesday, October 25 - Wednesday, October 26 at 9:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. in Kalhin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca.

This SAP conference will present the work of a large and prestigious international group of scholars dealing with a variety of philosophical, literary and religious transformations during one of the most vibrant regions and creative periods in Indian intellectual history, focusing especially on the works and legacy of Abhinavagupta, one of the most influential literary, cognitive, and ritual theorists in the Sanskrit tradition. The conference will be of interest to students and faculty whose work relates to classical, comparative, or world philosophy, poetry, aesthetics, dramaturgy, ritual theory, and scriptural or general hermeneutics.

Imagining Otherwise: The (Cyber) Goddess in Chitra Ganesh’s Comic Art

Monday, October 17 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall G-08.

In this SAP's lecture, Natasha Bissonauth locates Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975)'s practice within a tradition of underground comics that upend the semiological and ideological underpinnings of the genre, by shifting attention from content to form. Bissonaut connects Tales of Amnesia (2002), Ganesh’s first zine and collection of prints to a more recent endeavor, Eyes of Time (2014-15), an installation exploring the alternate temporal dimensions of the goddess figure.

Madness as Auguring Extinction

Monday, September 26 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall, G-08.

In this SAP Seminar lecture, Naveeda Khan explores how the language of loss and damage allows us to speak of the damage wrought by the social as much as by the environmental, embodied in the figures of the traumatized, the mad or the psychically afflicted. These figures, explored more specifically on silt islands in Bangladesh, provide a vantage to a consideration of extinction as not only the sudden vanishing of species, as it is represented in extinction studies, but also as modes of self-extinguishing. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

The Afterlife of Islamic Architecture: Ethics, Ecology, and Other Times in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi

Monday, September 19 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall G-08.

In this SAP seminar, Anand V. Taneja of Vanderbilt University analyzes modes of multiple temporality and the persistent connection of Islam to the pre-colonial elsewhen in the dreamscapes and landscapes of contemporary north India. In each of these modes, ruins hold open ethical potential, the possibility of transformation of current states of affairs for both individuals and communities. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

Subaltern Speak: An Indian Soldier's 'Travelogue' of China, 1900-1901

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

Anand Yang of the University of Washington will offer a close reading of Gadadhar Singh's 1902 Hindi account of his thirteen months in China as a member of the British Indian force that was part of an eight-nations International Expedition mobilized to lift the siege of the Foreign Legations in Beijing. It examines his text to highlight his extraordinary "inter-Asian" perspective on a China seemingly on the verge of foreign takeover and his role as a subaltern in a colonial army ostensibly on a civilizing mission in a “barbaric" land. Singh's story of China is also about India and the ties that bound the two countries and civilizations together.

First South Asia Program Seminar: "Cosmic Correspondences: Astral Piety and Painting at the Mughal Court" by Yael Rice

Tuesday, August 30 at 12:15p.m. in Uris Hall, G-08

South Asia Program (SAP) Seminar Series--Yael Rice, will speak about the Mughal emperor Akbar, long celebrated by scholars for his “secular” outlook, was deeply invested in the efficacy of astrological events. This talk will consider the place of astral piety at Akbar’s court, focusing on a little-studied manuscript that contains instructions for harnessing the forces of the zodiac. Of particular interest are the manuscript’s many illustrations of the astrological degrees, which are here considered integral, rather than supplementary, to the processes of astral invocation.

Biography: Yael Rice is Assistant Professor of the History of Art & Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. She specializes in the manuscript and other portable arts of early modern Iran and South Asia.