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The Cornell International Fair

August 29th, 2018 - 11:30AM-2:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: First Floor Terrace

The Cornell International Fair showcases hundreds of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to internationalize their Cornell experience. Drop by to talk with faculty, staff, and program reps about study abroad, exchanges, language study, international majors and minors, fellowships, internships, courses with international travel, service learning, and more. This event is jo...


SAP Seminar Series, When Policymaking is Ruled by Politics: A Central Banker Shares his Experiences in Bangladesh, by Biru Paksha Paul

September 10th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

From 2015-2016, the speaker served as chief economist of Bangladesh’s central bank, and will use this venue to share his experiences that tell a story of how his dream of advising policy, from his best judgment and theoretical background, eventually nosedived whenever they confronted short-term political interests of the regime. Economic theories took a backseat whenever political prior...


Twenty Years of Nuclear South Asia

September 13th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Zia Mian, of the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University will speak at 12:15 p.m. in G-08 Uris Hall about "Twenty Years of Nuclear South Asia" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar. Co-sponsored by the South Asia Program. This is part of "Paths to Peace," a series of events including a panel discussion on t...


Farmer Suicides and Food Sovereignty: Synthesizing Insights from the Political Ecologies of Health and Education - David Meek, University of Oregon

September 14th, 2018 - 3:00PM-4:30PM

Location: Warren Hall

Room: B73

Speaker: David Meek, Department of International Studies, University of Oregon Abstract: Skyrocketing rates of farmer suicides throughout the world highlight that agrarian communities are in a state of crisis. Factors driving these suicides are rooted in the volatile commodity markets, indebtedness, and high input technologies associated with the corporate food regime. While scholars...


SAP Seminar Series, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Gender, Mobility and Resistance in Lyari, Karachi, by Nida Kirmani

September 17th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The densely populated, multi-ethnic and largely working-class area of Lyari in Karachi is one of the city’s original settlements. This area has become infamous as the site of an on-going conflict between criminal gangs, political parties and law enforcement agencies for over a decade, and for this reason Lyari has been labeled as one of several ‘no-go areas’ in the city. However,...


Yeh Freedom Life, a film by Priya Sen

September 18th, 2018 - 7:30PM-10:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life was filmed over a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi. It moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, and tries to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlour, Parveen runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a...


Lucinda Ramberg, "Dalit Futures and Sexual Modernity in South India"

September 20th, 2018 - 4:45PM-6:15PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G22

2018 ICM New Conversations Series: Lucinda Ramberg Following the call of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, many Dalits have converted to Buddhism as a mode of political dissent and means of escape from the forms of social subjugation and stigmatization attached to “untouchability.”  Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic research, Dr. Ramberg considers the sexual politics of this moveme...


SAP Seminar Series, Inner City Kitchens in Karachi: A Microcosm of the Crowded City, by Naila Mahmood

September 24th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Kitchens in the inner city of Karachi are invisible, gendered spaces that are emblems of social, spatial and gender inequality. In this presentation, I strive to chronicle the small fragment of life around these spaces, which have complex sociological layers, often missed in statistics. The presentation consists of photographs, texts and reflective poetry about the city of Karachi, Pakistan; it...


Transnational Migration from the Global Perspective

September 27th, 2018 - 9:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Cornell University

Transnational Migration from the Global Perspective: The 7th International Conference of the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS), September 27-28, 2018, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York USA Cornell University Library and Ohio University Libraries are pleased to announce that they will jointly organize this event, which is being held in conj...


SAP Annual Tagore Lecture, The Mirror and the Windowpane: Two Paths for the Novel, by Neel Mukherjee

September 28th, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Kahin Center

The world of writers divides into two kinds: those who write about themselves, and those who write about others. At this particular historical moment, which belongs to autofiction, it would be safe to say, a particular question seems relevant: What is it that gives fiction truth? Is authenticity the right value to ask of fiction? How is authenticity, in a genre founded on making things up, measure...


SAP Seminar Series, Business and Politics in India: The Tamil Nadu Puzzle, by John Harriss

October 1st, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The political economy of Tamil Nadu presents a puzzle: in spite of politics that are generally considered to be unhelpful to development, the state does relatively well in terms both of economic growth and of human development.  I will argue that Tamil Nadu is neither a developmental, nor a social democratic state, while having some of the features of both. It is, rather, characterized b...


SAP Seminar Series, Shakti Chattopadhyay: Postman in the Autumnal Forest, by Sumana Roy

October 3rd, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Using a selection of poems from a rich and extraordinary life in poetry, I would like to talk about how Shakti Chattopadhyay created a natural eco-poetics about Bengali life in the second half of the twentieth century. Using the botanical imagination as a springboard, his work, unique in the tradition of Bengali – and indeed Indian – poetry, about roots, leaves and forests, is unrelate...


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...


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

October 24th, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

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...


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...


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...


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...


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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