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Upcoming SAI Events


Thu, September 8, 2016 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Chaat Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with the South Asia Institute!

  • Meet SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty
  • Learn about student funding opportunities
  • Enjoy delicious South Asian food!

 

Join the Facebook event.

 

 

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CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, September 15, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

Gandhi’s Forgotten Campaign: The Abolition of Indenture and the Mahatma

Student Event

Presented by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop

Mrinalini SinhaAlice Freeman Palmer Professor of History; Professor (by courtesy) of English and Women’s Studies; Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows (2015-), University of Michigan

Respondents:

Sunil AmrithMehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Professor of History

Mou BanerjeePhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University

Cosponsored by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute

The indentured labor system, which had been put in place in the aftermath of Atlantic slavery to replace emancipated African slaves with indentured Indians on colonial plantations overseas, came under widespread attack by the early decades of the 20th century. M.K. Gandhi’s involvement in the movement for the abolition of indenture, or what following the abolition of Atlantic slavery has been called the “second abolition,” helped launch his political career in India. Yet the campaign against indenture occupies an obscure and undigested role in the scholarship on Gandhi and on modern India. What might it mean to restore abolitionism to its role in the advent of Gandhi’s career in India? What might abolitionism tell us about Gandhi’s signature concepts of swaraj and satyagraha? This talk will shed light on the abolition movement in India and explore its implications for understanding Gandhi’s politics.

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CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

0915 Sinha
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Fri, September 16, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Directive Principles and Transformative Constitutional Design

Book Talk

Tarunabh KhaitanAssociate Professor and Hackney Fellow in Law, Wadham College, University of Oxford

Chair: Ajantha SubramanianProfessor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Borrowing and developing the concept from Ireland, framers of India’s Constitution inserted a chapter titled ‘directive principles of state policy’ in the founding document. They were a mix of principles aimed at securing what they called an ‘economic democracy’, some guarantees we now call ‘social rights’ and some other curiosities like an exhortation for prohibition and a ban on cow slaughter. These were directed at the political organs of the state and made expressly non-justiciable. Despite being derided by scholars and lawyers as ‘mere pious wishes’ and ‘design flaws’, and (largely) rejected by post-Apartheid South Africa after due consideration, they have been adopted by at least 24 constitutions in Asia and Africa, including very recently by the latest Nepalese Constitution of 2015. India’s cultural influence on these jurisdictions, mostly in the global South, does not seem to provide sufficient explanation for their continued popularity with constitution makers.

Most of the existing scholarship on directive principles has focused on how courts have used these principles, their non-justiciability notwithstanding. In this paper, Khaitan focus on their political character. First, he uses India as a case-study to argue that directive principles are an important tool for successful constitution-making. He identifies the reasons why they became attractive to the framers of the Indian Constitution, and far from being mere pious wishes, they performed important and distinct political functions for the framers. Second, Khaitan shows that insofar as they impose political duties on the state, these duties have a conditional character: their substantive obligatory force becomes manifest only after certain preconditions inherent in reasons for their adoption as directive principles are satisfied. Extrapolating from these Indian findings, he speculates that non-justiciable conditional political duties have particular salience for postcolonial pluralistic societies in the global South seeking to establish a transformative constitutional culture.

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Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

0823 Khaitan
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Mon, September 26, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Grant Opportunities Open House

Student Event

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.

Learn more about grant opportunities.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Fri, September 30, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Governance for Development — Political and Administrative Reforms for Bangladesh

Book Talk

S. Nazrul Islam, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy Analysis Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Chair: Prithwiraj Choudhury, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Analyzing Bangladesh’s governance problems and drawing insights that will be relevant to other developing countries, this book sharpens our understanding of governance and suggests political and administrative reforms to improve governance and facilitate faster development.

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Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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SAI Events Archive


Mon, August 1, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  Lucknow, India

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research. This event marks the launch of the book’s translation into Hindi.

6:00 – 6:30PM      Tea Reception

6:30 – 7:00PM      Welcome, Lighting of the Lamp, and Book Launch by Honorable Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

7:30-8:30PM        Panel Discussion on Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Moderated by Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

 

Please RSVP to Rashmi Patel, rpatel@hbs.edu

 

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Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 06:00pm

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Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 08:30pm

VENUE
Vivanta by Taj

ADDRESS
Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226 010

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Fri, July 29, 2016 from 07:00pm - 10:00pm  /  India International Centre

One Harvard Young Harvard Mixer

Special Event

The Harvard Club of India, SAI and the Harvard India Student Group invite you to attend this mixer event in New Delhi. This mixer is open to all incoming students, alumni and other Harvard community members and intends to serve as a great networking opportunity.

Join the Facebook event.

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Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 07:00pm

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Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:00pm

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One Harvard Young Harvard Mixer

ADDRESS
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

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Thu, July 28, 2016

Working with Boys and Men to prevent Gender Based Violence

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

July 28, 6:30pm IST (9 am ET)

The webinar will focus on:
• Successful organizational interventions
• Challenges faced and strategies to overcome them
• Useful resources and tools while working with boys and men

The webinar is open to anyone interested in issues relating to gender based violence and working with men and boys to prevent it. It will also provide practical tools for grassroots practitioners working on these issues. Post the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

Please register here.

Speakers:

Dr. Gary Barker
Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award.

Rujuta Teredesai-Heron
Rujuta Teredesai-Heron is the co-founder of Equal Community Foundation (ECF). Equal Community Foundation was set up in 2009 with the objective of engaging boys and men to prevent violence and discrimination against women. Rujuta has been working in the development sector for around 10 years. She specializes in program management and communications. Having studied English Literature and Print Journalism, she is a trained journalist. At ECF, she is currently focusing on scaling the approach of working with boys and men across India.

The webinar is conducted under a collaborative project by the Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development.

Please register here.

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Mon, July 25, 2016

Empowering Girls through Educational Access and Opportunity: What enables deprived girls to succeed?

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

6:30pm IST (9 am ET)

Please register here.

Speaker: Professor Shantha Sinha
Professor Sinha is one of India’s leading child rights activists and the founder and Secretary Trustee of M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation. She was the former Chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), and Professor in the Department of Political Science – University of Hyderabad. She has been honoured with the Raman Magsaysay Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2008.

Moderated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha
Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is the Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The webinar will focus on:

  • Factors enabling girls to attend school
  • Challenges faced by school-going girls
  • Successful strategies for ensuring that girls have access to secondary education

The webinar is open to anyone interested in the issue of access to education in India. It will provide practical tools for grassroots practitioners working on issues relating to gender and access to education. Post the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

The webinar is conducted under a collaborative project by the Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts on ‘Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development’.

Please register here.

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Thu, May 19, 2016 from 06:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design 

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

Click here for tickets.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

 

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Thu, May 19, 2016 at 06:00pm

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Thu, May 19, 2016 at 07:00pm

VENUE
MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

ADDRESS
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

20th Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

Poems of all languages are invited for recitation. All are welcome.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Poets of New England

For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra, bmisra@fas.harvard.edu
Chandu Shah, Bostonwale@gmail.com

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Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm

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Sun, May 15, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

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Fri, May 13, 2016 from 09:00am - 04:30pm

Development in Asia

Workshop for those teaching high school and middle school courses on South Asia.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, B.A., Yale University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Cosponsored with Educators for Teaching South Asia, in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy, and The Groton School

Click here to learn more and register.

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Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:00am

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Fri, May 13, 2016 at 04:30pm

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Fri, May 6, 2016 from 03:15pm - 04:30pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Seed For Change Finalists Presentations

Special Event

The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.

  • GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
  • Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
    low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
  • The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

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Fri, May 6, 2016 at 03:15pm

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Fri, May 6, 2016 at 04:30pm

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

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Thu, May 5, 2016

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Fri, May 6, 2016

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, May 4, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am EST)

Register here.

This webinar will address:

  • Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
  • Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
  • What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
  • Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.

This webinar is for:

  • Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
  • Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
  • Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
  • Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization

This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

Register here.

Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts

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Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

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