Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Madeeha Syed, Pakistani Journalist
Marco Werman, The World
Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Join Pakistani journalist Madeeha Syed, Marco Werman from Public Radio International’s The World, and Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, for a conversation on the intersection of culture, journalism, and religion in today’s global environment.
The conversation is cosponsored by the Center Stage program of New England Foundation For The Arts and SAI
Reception to follow.
Rabindra Shrestha, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Rabindra Shrestha is a Nepalese visual artist. Installation, detail pen and ink drawing, painting, traditional painting (Paubha), illustration, cartoon, and ceramic art are the different mediums of his visuals expressions. Most of his art is directly conceptual based. The collaborative line art project, Earthquake line and Finger prints with red line are some of his series in the Nepali contemporary art scene. Many people refer to him as a “Line Artist”. Shrestha’s works has been exhibited throughout the National Fine Art exhibition (nine times), Kochi-Muzirise Biennale 2014 (India), and Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh). He secured the National Special Award (NAFA) from National Academy of Fine Arts three times, and was a winner of the US embassy Art Competition (Nepal).
Lunch will be served.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 02:30pm
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, Harvard South Asia Institute
Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School
5:00 – 5:30: Reception
5:30 – 7:00: Seminar
This last seminar will be structured around a discussion on the current impact of Partition and the new/continuing research and work that is being done on this topic.
Light refreshments will be served.
This series, part of the SAI research project ‘Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India – Implications of Mass Dislocations Across Geographies’ will explore issues that have often been ignored in the context of the Partition as well as discuss their relevance and impact today, both in South Asia and in other parts of the world. Through two-hour seminars spread over eight sessions, faculty, students, and community members will be brought together to explore the various facets of this complex historic event.
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Gregory Clines, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI
Discussant: Catherine Hartmann, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion
The fifteenth-century author Brahma Jinadāsa, a member of the Digambara Balatkāra Gaṇa, is credited with composing over eighty works in both Sanskrit and Old Gujarati. One of those compositions was the Padmapurāṇa, a Jain version of the story of Rāma composed in Sanskrit. In the introduction to the work, Jinadāsa acknowledges that his Padmapurāṇa is based off of the acclaimed poet Raviṣeṇa’s seventh-century work of the same name. This talk examines the relationship between the two works, analyzing the literary changes that Jinadāsa makes to his precursor’s text and the social implications of those changes.
The Fellowship supports recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences related to South Asia. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
Cresa Pugh, Doctoral Student in Sociology & Social Policy, spent her winter session conducting field research on the constructions of citizenship and belonging for the stateless Rohingya of Burma.
The Harvard Business School Creating Emerging Markets project (CEM), in collaboration with the HBS India Research Center (IRC), hosted a two-day conference titled, “Creating Emerging Markets: Lessons from History” on February 13-14 in Mumbai.
The first 2 episodes feature professors Sunil Amrith and Jennifer Leaning.
The two-day Harvard student event, hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, brought together business leaders, entertainment professionals, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership.
The new report is based on the ‘Exchanging Health Information’ seminar held at the Radcliffe Institute in 2016.
The SAI research project on Partition is creating an accessible archive to digitize the stories, records, and reflections of the 1947 Partition of British India in crowd proportions.
During winter session, Mei Yin Wu, Harvard College ’17, interned at Wildlife Conservation Trust in Mumbai, which currently works with over 110 national parks and sanctuaries in India, covering tiger reserves and nature preserves.
On Feb. 3, SAI hosted a discussion forum in Delhi to facilitate a personalized dialogue about Partition. Professor Uma Chakravarti, who moderated the discussion, showed how these stories connect to the present and inform our understanding of history, nation, community, and religion.
Congratulations to Harvard College students Bharath Venkatesh ’17 and Marisa Houlahan ’17, who were chosen by SAI as winners of the Office of International Education’s Annual International Photo Contest for their photos taken in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The weekly seminars, starting February 1, will explore issues that have often been ignored in the context of the Partition as well as discuss their relevance and impact today, both in South Asia and in other parts of the world.
Professor Jinah Kim (History of Art & Architecture) is looking for a Research Assistant to help her with various research projects, which includes an exhibition on Nepalese Buddhist art, a visual database project, a bibliographic project on the history of Indian painting, and a symposium on South and Southeast Asian Art.
The Craftsmen is small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.
Naren Tallapragada, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Francesco Wiedemann, MIT, were the inaugural winners of SAI’s 2016 Seed for Change Competition for their venture gomango, which provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India. They spent December in India.
The 18-month project with Tata Trusts focused on rural livelihood creation in the handicrafts sector, and science and technology-based social entrepreneurship.
We offer our full support to Harvard students, faculty, staff and affiliates, regardless of their country of origin or religious background, alongside the Harvard International Office and the university’s Global Support Services.