Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
For almost 200 years, the Mughal emperors ruled supreme in northern India. How was it possible that a Muslim, ethnically Turkish, Persian-speaking dynasty established itself in the Indian subcontinent to become one of the largest and most dynamic empires in the early-modern period? Using the figure of the Mughal prince, Munis D. Faruqui offers a new interpretive lens through which to comprehend Mughal state formation. In a challenge to previous scholarship, Prof. Faruqui’s work suggests that far from undermining the foundations of empire, the court intrigues and political backbiting that were features of Mughal political life – and that frequently resulted in rebellions and wars of succession – actually helped spread, deepen, and mobilize Mughal power through an empire-wide network of friends and allies. Ultimately, however, because Mughal imperial and princely success were interlinked when both experienced political stress in the late 1600s and early 1700s, they atrophied together with negative results for the empire.
Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Closing seminar and reception
Kevin Bubriski, Documentary Photographer; Director of Documentary Studies, Green Mountain College; 2010-2011 Robert Gardner Visiting Artist, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Discussants: Professor Frank J. Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University
Professor Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, South and Southeast Asia, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the South Asia Institute
Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business and a founder of Ashoka University
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
“Everyone knows Indian Higher Education is a mess. Proposals for its transformation abound, but things continue to go from bad to worse. Despite the doom and gloom, there are several recent experiments that attempt to challenge the status quo and set an example. This talk is a first-hand account of building new and transforming existing higher education institutions in India.”
Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Eductation
Science, Technology and Energy Seminar
Jairam Ramesh, Economist, Member of the Indian National Congress, Fisher Family Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Ramesh is a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and a leader in international climate negotiations. A Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Ramesh was chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 to 18 December 2009. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years.
Ramesh was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development under Prime Minister Singh from 2011-2014. Previously, he was named Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2011. He held numerous high-level government posts, including the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests from 2009-2011; Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power from 2008-2009 and Union Minister of State for Commerce from 2006-2009.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:30pm
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
SAI South Asia Without Border Seminar
Richard Wolf, Department of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the Harvard Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
Shawn D’Andrea, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
South Asia is particularly vulnerable to disasters, from terrorist attacks, to floodings, to earthquakes that can affect large populations. In order to address these humanitarian crises, the fundamentals of mass casualty management are critical.
This seminar will teach incident command, which is a simple organizational structure that allows a coordinated thoughtful response when the needs of the crisis overwhelm the resources.
8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6:30 PM in Sri Lanka & Bangladesh.
How to participate:
PREPARE: Visit SAI’s website to find articles and readings to prepare for the webinars.
WATCH: One the day of the webinar, watch live on SAI’s website
INTERACT: Tweet your questions and join the conversation on Facebook.
Twitter: @HarvardSAI, #SAIWebinar
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This is the first webinar of the fall semester. The next session will take place on Nov. 19.
SAI Book Talk
Luke Patey, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies
Rohit Chandra, PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Ahmad Al-Mahi, MPA candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the rise of China and India’s national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asia’s oil giants to chart a new course. The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last December only deepened the instability and insecurity and sent Chinese and Indian diplomats scrambling to reinvigorate their foreign policies to protect their interests and bring an end to the conflict.
The lecture will discuss the overseas investments of Chinese and Indian national oil companies, their close ties with their respective governments in Beijing and New Delhi, and experiences with political and security risks in Sudan and South Sudan. It draws from Luke Patey’s recent book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan. Beyond examining the economic and political impact of Chinese and Indian engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, the book argues that the two Sudans are examples of how Africa is shaping the rise of China and India as world powers.
Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His work focuses on the political economy of oil in Sudan and South Sudan, the role of China and India in Africa, and the global investments of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. He has written for the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Hindu, and VICE News. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University (Beijing), the Social Science Research Council (New York), and the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (Paris).
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 04:00pm
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 05:30pm
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Smriti Srinivas, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Cosponsored with the Harvard University Social Anthropology Colloquium
This presentation seeks to understand the ethnographic and analytical registers of contemporary urban religiosity in India. Grounded spatially in Professor Srinivas’ long-term research in Bangalore, India’s “Silicon Valley” of nearly nine million people, it discusses what Srinivas calls the “sacrality of urban sprawl,” i.e. the fact that cities and their expanding boundaries (whether suburban, exurban, or peri-urban) are important arenas for the recruitment of devotees, the construction of habitats to house the religious, new spiritual maps, and ideas of selfhood.
An exploration of the strata and groups who inhabit these spaces is not the main focus of this paper. It is clear, however, that most could be seen as constituting the “new middle class” that represents and lays claim to the benefits of liberalization. Srinivas tries to show that in addition to consumption patterns and lifestyles, new norms of (religious) selfhood are crucial to the production of their identity. Further, while much attention in recent years has been paid to ideologies and displays of religious nationalisms, fundamentalisms and violence in urban areas, Srinivas draws attention in this paper instead to other maps, sensibilities, and architectures of religiosity.
Dr. Smriti Srinivas is Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis. She received her PhD. from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi (1995). Her research and teaching interests include urban cultures, place-making, utopias, social memory, cultures of the body and performance, religion, South Asia within a comparative context.
Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the MIT Center for International Studies.
A seminar at Harvard Law School with Bharat Anand, Partner, Khaitan & Co., New Delhi, India and Rishi Shroff, Associate, Khaitan & Co., New Delhi, India.
The Inaugural Summit in 2010 drew more than 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni—from seven decades, multiple continents and all of Harvard’s schools—for a weekend ofnew connections, new ideas and fun. Register for the 2014 Summit now before events sell out, as they did last time!
The Harvard Club of Mumbai in association with the LSE Alumni Association Mumbai invites you to join us for a talk with Shaheen Mistri, Founder and CEO of Teach for India on “What does an excellent education for all children look like?”
Tufts University, Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Harvard School of Public Health will be offering two courses for students to travel to South Asia in January.
Deadline to apply: Friday, September 19, 11:59 PM
The Office of International Education is now accepting submissions from undergraduates for the 11th Annual International Photo Contest.Submission deadline: November 1, 2014.
The Radcliffe Fellowships program is currently seeking Harvard Undergraduates to work as Research Partners with their Fellows at Radcliffe. Research Partnerships are available in a range of subject areas and topics.
Ever had an idea related to Pakistan that could make an impact? Pakathon is calling engineers, designers, marketers and strategists for its second annual synchronous startup weekend.
Islamic Civilizations 178, Culture and Belief 60, South Asian Studies 199, and more.
Harvard Business Review, September 2014
Mariam Chughtai is an Ed.D. Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former SAI intern.
The South Asia Institute was feature in a story in the Harvard Gazette, published on March 14, 2014. The story profiles SAI’s growing involvement in Pakistan, and the Contemporary South Asian City Conference in Karachi in January.
SAI is excited to welcome six additional members to its Steering Committee, joining the 13 current members who provide guidance and advisement to SAI. The new members represent schools from across the university.
Nora Maginn, SAI’s Program Manger, has won the 2014 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Impact award, given to a small number of FAS staff, due to her excellent contributions to SAI and the Harvard community.
Congratulations to David J. Barron, Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, Harvard Law School and SAI Steering Committee member, on being confirmed by the full Senate for a seat on the bench of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Congratulations to SAI Founder and Former SAI Director Sugata Bose on being elected to the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in India’s national election. Bose won the seat in West Bengal as a Trinamool Congress candidate