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The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events


Tue, September 30, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

The future of Indian Higher Education: Four case studies


Education Seminar

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 Education

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Tue, September 30, 2014 at 04:30pm  /  Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015

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.

Cosponsored with the The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

VENUE
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Wed, October 1, 2014 at 01:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

The Wakhis at musical crossroads of Tajikistan and Pakistan

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

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 01:00pm

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Wed, October 1, 2014 from 08:30am - 10:00am

Webinar: Incident Command

Shawn D’Andrea, MDInstructor 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:

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
Facebook: Harvard SAI
Web: southasiainstitute.harvard.edu
Email: sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Join the Facebook event.

This is the first webinar of the fall semester. The next session will take place on Nov. 19.

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:30am

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 10:00am

Thu, October 2, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  Perkins Room, Rubenstein 415, HKS

China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan

SAI Book Talk

Luke Patey, Senior Researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Studies

Discussants:

Rohit ChandraPhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School

Ahmad Al-MahiMPA 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).

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Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
Perkins Room, Rubenstein Building, Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, October 6, 2014 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Healing Bodies, Healing Spaces: Understanding Urban Religiosity in Contemporary India

Urbanization Seminar

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.

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Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 06:30pm

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Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Tue, October 7, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State

SAI Book Talk

Jocelyne Cesari, Senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Visiting Associate professor in the Department of Government, Georgetown University; Director of Islam in the West, Harvard University

Chair: Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

In this book, Jocelyne Cesari explores the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries. She contends that nation-building in these environments has produced national ideologies rooted in the politicization of Islam, rather than liberal democracies following the Western model. Cesari’s historical examination covers the post-WWII period to the Arab Spring and informs the book’s consideration of the role of Islam in contemporary Middle Eastern emerging democracies.

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Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Tue, October 14, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

CANCELLED: The May 1990 Nuclear ‘Crisis’: An Indian perspective

Science, Technology, and Energy Seminar

 

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

 

C Uday Bhaskar, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses

Chair:Gary Samore, Executive Director of Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Cosponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project, India & South Asia Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

 

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Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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