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Conceptions of Liberation in the Hindu Tantric Worship of the Goddess Tripurasundari, by Anna Golovkova

January 27th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The most popular initiatory Hindu tantric tradition, Srividya (Tradition of the Auspicious Mantra), has played a significant role in the institutional and devotional life of South Asia and the diaspora. In India, leaders of major temple and monastic institutions are Srividya gurus and initiates; hymns to its principal Goddess are chanted daily by millions of women; and the Sricakra, its distinctiv...

Remaking and Transcreating Ravana in Contemporary Sri Lanka, by Kanchuka Dharmasiri

February 3rd, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

From popular songs, films, plays, television series, social media, “historical” narratives to the building of temples, Ravana—the villain in Valmiki’s Ramayana—has gained unprecedented popularity in twenty-first century Sri Lanka. In the current process of remaking an exclusively Sinhala (or Hela) Ravana, the Tamil literary and popular cultural portrayals of Ravana as...

Social Capital in Disaster Recovery: Case Studies from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Eelam War, by Elizabeth Bittel

February 10th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In her research, Bittel draws upon social capital, sustainable recovery, and sustainable development frameworks to explore the processes at play in complex humanitarian emergencies that produce disparate long-term recovery outcomes in communities in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. In comparing two different ethnoreligious communities, her work explores how vulnerable populations call upon global connection...

Anthropology Colloquium: Mariangela Mihai

February 14th, 2020 - 3:00PM-4:30PM

Location: McGraw Hall

Room: 215

Mariangela Mihai is an Anthropology and Film PhD Candidate at Cornell University. She received her BA in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta where she has also worked on issues of refugee political resettlement at the Emory Center for Ethics and the International Rescue Committee.  Her current research looks at overlapping nationalisms, identity, and ethnicity in Mizora...

‘Alexa, Was Buddha Born in Nepal?’ Microcelebrity and Digital Diaspora on YouTube, by Dannah Dennis

February 17th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The claim that “Buddha was Born in Nepal” is pervasive in contemporary discourses about Nepali national identity. In this paper, I focus on the ways in which the claim to Buddha’s birthplace is deployed by some Nepalis living beyond Nepal as both a means of maintaining a connection to Nepal as a diasporic homeland and as a means of building their own online celebrity. In particul...

An Evening of Indian Classical Music: CU Music

February 17th, 2020 - 7:00PM

Location: Carriage House Cafe

An Evening of Indian Classical Music with special guest Arun Ramamurthy of the Brooklyn Raga Massive and violin professor Ariana Kim. A master class/jam session takes place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:00pm in Lincoln B21.    ...

The Creative Diaries of Indian Poet A.K. Ramanujan, by Krishna Ramanujan

February 26th, 2020 - 4:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

A.K. Ramanujan (1929–1993) is well known as one of the finest poets, translators, folklorists, essayists and scholars of the twentieth century. His translations of ancient Tamil and medieval Kannada poetry, as well as of U.R. Anantha Murthy’s novel Samskara, are considered classics in Indian literature. A pioneering poet, he had produced during his lifetime four poetry collections...

TB in women: Weill Cornell's collaboration with BJ Government Medical College (Pune, India), by Jyoti Mathad

March 2nd, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

One in five women worldwide carries latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and 3 million are diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) each year. Of the nearly 800,000 Indian women diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) every year, 70% are in their reproductive years, between the ages of 18 and 45 years. The current challenges are to determine why women are more vulnerable than men during this time...

Abundance: Sexuality, Historiography, Geopolitics

March 2nd, 2020 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 122

Abstract: To write a history of sexuality, or so the story goes, is to embrace the chimeric prose of paucity and plentitude. If the present is marked by an inescapable surfeit of evidence, the past is haunted by an unremitting loss of materials. Histories of sexuality routinely mediate past(s) through archival forms of paucity, disenfranchisement and loss. Sexuality, particularly in the globa...

God in the Workshop: Some Ethnographic and Historical Notes on Vishwakarma Worship in India, by Ken George

March 4th, 2020 - 4:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The demiurgic figure of Vishwakarma in the Vedic, Buddhist, and Brahminical Hindu traditions of pre-industrial India was associated with artisanal modalities of ingenuity and technicity.  The increasingly public visibility of Vishwakarma worship across India since 1900 has shown unmistakable ties to the rise of industrial capitalism in that country.  The god has moved beyond craft worksh...

Cornell India Law Center and Berger International Speaker Series: Professor Smita Narula

March 5th, 2020 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: 182

India’s Food Sovereignty Struggle Smita Narula is the Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and Co-Director of the law school’s Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies. She is author of dozens of widely-cited publications, and has helped formulate policy, legal, and community-led responses to a range of hu...

Anthropology Colloquium: Kirin Narayan

March 6th, 2020 - 3:00PM-4:30PM

Location: McGraw Hall

Room: 215

Shaping a Mystery: Artisans and Ancestors in India’s Ellora Caves...

Histories of Caste over the Longue Duree: Re-framing Brahman Identity in Modern India, by Rosalind O'Hanlon

March 9th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

How does ‘cultural capital’ pass from one generation to the next?  Aspects of this question have long interested historians, sociologists and anthropologists wishing to develop nuanced understandings of class and social hierarchy in different historical and cultural settings.  The challenge is not only to explain the various forms of accumulated social advantage, but to gain...

Infrastructures of Occupation: Dams, Development, and the Politics of Integration in Kashmir, by Mona Bhan

March 16th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This talk analyzes the relationship between dam building, border wars, and India's settler colonial politics in Kashmir, particularly in the aftermath of the removal of Articles 370 and 35A that maintained Kashmir's semi-autonomous status in the Indian union.  Bhan will discuss how controlling vital Himalayan rivers fortifies Hindu reimaginings of Kashmiri territory while forcibl...

Cornell India Law Center and Berger International Speaker Series: Vikramaditya Khanna

March 25th, 2020 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: 186

The Hindu Undivided Family -  Law, Business and Politics Vikramaditya S. Khanna, the William W. Cook Professor of Law, is faculty co-director of the Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, a collaboration between Michigan Law and India's Jindal Global Law School. He earned his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School and was Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law...

Tamils and State Urban Policies in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, by Delon Madavan

April 13th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Post-colonial states realized their desire to promote Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to the status of international metropolises at the expense of slums, which were demolished. In the context of multi-ethnic countries, this urban politic is not without consequences for minorities. In this presentation, we will see the consequences of these two states’ urban policies on Tamils’ spatial pres...

Musicophilia in Mumbai: Performing Subjects and The Metropolitan Unconscious, by Tejaswini Niranjana

April 16th, 2020 - 4:30PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G22

This book talk focusses on the manifestations of musicophilia in Mumbai from the late 19th century to the present. Love and madness come together in the metropolis as a condition of subjective excess, the condition of the musical subject’s simultaneous psychic and social habitation of modern urban space. I propose that the phenomenon of music-loving, and the concept of a lingua musica, help...

The Capitalist-Rescue Narrative: Afghan Women and Micro-Entrepreneurship, by Purnima Bose

April 20th, 2020 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This talk focuses on Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, which describes Afghan women’s economic activities under the Taliban. Lemmon narrates Afghan entrepreneurship through the lens of US style capitalism and its attendant production arrangements. Ultimately, the text assumes that arrival into capitalist modernity requires Afghanistan’s integration into the gl...

Film Screening “The Argumentative Indian” and Q&A with Director, Suman Ghosh

April 28th, 2020 - 7:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

This documentary traces the life and work of India's Renaissance man and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, who will deliver the Bartels World Affairs Lecture on April 29, 2020. Widely regarded as one of the greatest living intellectuals of the world, the film explores his formative years and their influence on his views of the world - both past and present. Shot over a period of 15 years, the film i...

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