Fake, substandard, and otherwise compromised medicines are a deadly problem in South Asia and globally. Dr. Muhammad Zaman, visiting faculty at SAI, is working to develop a low-cost, portable and fast way to measure a drug’s purity.
Harvard will offer many courses in the upcoming semester with content related to South Asia, covering topics such as Himalayan art, Asian diasporas, capitalism and cosmology, Ismaili history and culture, and much more.
SAI recently ran a 2-week course in Bangalore which introduced 25 Indian undergraduate and graduate students to the excitement of brain science.
A recent paper co-authored by SAI Steering Committee Member Jennifer Leaning explores the Myanmar government’s poor treatment of the group and suggest steps that can be taken to address the health and human rights crisis.
Jinah Kim, SAI faculty grant recipient, recently visited an exhibition in Beijing featuring Indian art. “The exhibition reminds us of the age old connections between the two countries, notably activated and solidified through the transmission of Buddhism.”
“It takes a greater-than-normal effort of the imagination to travel from a manor house library on a Scottish island to a desert outpost in the Deccan,” writes Joshua Ehrlich, PhD candidate in history, who conducted archival research over the summer in the UK for his dissertation on the East India Company.
On Dec. 22, SAI hosted a workshop in New Delhi in collaboration with Tata Trusts on women’s rights, with Dr. Ela Bhatt, Founder of SEWA, delivering the keynote address.
The 3-year program will focus on a different faculty-led topic of interest each year, and engage with scholars and practitioners both on the ground in Nepal and in Cambridge.
“Nothing can quite match the thrill of stumbling across a century-old document filled with often-juicy details of a disputed claim of a princely state,” writes Priyasha Saksena, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School, who spent the summer conducting research for her doctoral dissertation on the relationship between international law and empire.
SAI has awarded grants to 15 students who will travel to India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Pakistan for research and internships.
Komal Shahid Khan, from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Meenakshi Sengupta, from Kolkata, India, attended classes, met with students and faculty, and displayed their work on campus. They also collaborated on an interactive performance piece about the Partition of India.
On Dec. 5, Harvard’s Asia related centers hosted an event in which experts discussed what’s next for Asia in a Trump administration. It is the first in a series of public talks at Harvard on U.S.-Asia relations during Trump’s presidency.
A recent working paper by Fauzia Ahmed, SAI Research Affiliate, explores the framework of gender, governance, and labor, at all levels of the global value chain: workers; factory owners; buyers; and consumers.
SAI and Harvard affiliates react to India’s decision to withdraw the legal status of certain cash notes.
Jasmine Chia, Harvard College ’18, started her summer in Myanmar intending to study Vipassana Buddhism, but became fascinated with a different topic: a banking phenomenon that explains the links between capitalist religion and political engagement.
SAI is pleased to welcome Sanjay Kumar to the team as our India Country Director. He will lead all of SAI’s activities in India and will be based at our office in Delhi.