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Upcoming SAI Events


Sat, February 6, 2016 - Sun, February 7, 2016  /  Harvard Kennedy School

India Conference at Harvard

India in Transition – Opportunities and Challenges

 

The India Conference at Harvard is one of the largest India conferences in the US. It is hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University.

In 2016 we will be celebrating our 13th anniversary. The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to Global leadership. Our 2015 conference had over 600 attendees and was a resounding success.

Visit the conference website and register. 

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Sat, Feb 6, 2016

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Sun, Feb 7, 2016

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Harvard Kennedy School, TBD

ADDRESS
79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge

Tue, February 9, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

The Cross-Dressing God

Arts at SAI Seminar

Devdutt Pattanaik, Author, Mythologist, Artist (@devduttmyth)

Chair: Gokul Madhavan, Preceptor in Sanskrit, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Can you imagine a cross-dressing God? Hindus can, and have, for over a thousand years. Did this express a universal social reality or was this a highly refined metaphor for a few remains a matter of speculation and fierce debate. But no one can deny that in Hindu holy books and temple imagery when God descends on earth to be the ‘complete man’, it involves incorporating the feminine. Such queer ideas extend themselves to Buddhist and Jain stories too, making it not just a Hindu idea but generally an Indic idea. Through shifts in gender, the fluid nature of the world was shared by the sages to help people expand (brah) their mind (mana). Come experience the stories and ideas they shared through art through Devdutt Pattanaik’s brilliant and unique sketches!

A reception will follow this seminar in the CGIS Knafel Concourse 

An exhibit of the same name will be on view February 2 – March 23, 2016 at the CGIS Knafel Concourse, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Cosponsored with the Arts Connect International, Asia Center, Carr Center, India GSD, LAMBDA at Harvard Law, Harvard India Student Group, South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 

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START
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Thu, February 11, 2016 from 12:30pm - 01:30pm  /  Harvard School of Public Health, Building 1, Rm. 1208

Is decentralization good for development? Perspectives from academics & policy makers

Cosponsored Event

Jean-Paul Faguet, Professor of the Political Economy of Development

Cosponsored with the Department of Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Professor Faguet will also be speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School of Tuesday, February 12, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm in an event sponsored by the Center for International Development. This event will take place in Perkins Room,  4th Floor, Rubenstein Building, HKS.

START
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:30pm

END
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 01:30pm

VENUE
677 Huntington Avenue, in Building 1, 12th floor, room 1208

ADDRESS
677 Huntington Avenue, in Building 1, 12th floor, room 1208

Thu, February 11, 2016 at 04:30pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Opening reception: Altered State: Painting in Myanmar in a Time of Transition

Cosponsored Event

‘Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition,’ an exhibit of paintings will be on display Thursday, February 4 – Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Seminar on February 19: Freedom and Fear in Myanmar with Ian Holliday,Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong

Cosponsored with the Asia Center

START
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 04:30pm

END
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, February 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Freedom and Fear in Myanmar

Modern Asia Seminar and Arts at SAI Seminar

Ian Holliday,Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong

‘Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition,’ an exhibit of paintings will be on display Thursday, February 4 – Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Sponsored by the Asia Center and the South Asia Institute 

START
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

END
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, February 22, 2016 at 06:30pm to
Tue, February 23, 2016 at 02:30pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Re-thinking Local: A Cross-regional Dialogue about Strategies for Local Practice in Cities

Cosponsored Event

“Re-thinking Local” will examine how architects are developing new models of locally-based design practice given the changing realities of urbanization around the world, with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia.

These two public events feature Vo Trong Nghia, the most prolific contemporary architect in Vietnam, and Marina Tabassum, the leading female architect in Bangladesh – both speaking at Harvard for the first time.

In addition, Nghia and Tabassum will be joined in a round-table discussion by Michael Murphy, Executive Director of MASS Design Group, and Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

This public discussion program will thematically explore how architects are responding to new patterns of urbanization, creating models for construction and fabrication that support sustainable development, and catalyzing local institutions to promote dialogue about the role of design in improving cities. Together, the work of these architects gives new meaning to the model of practicing locally.

Click here for participant bios.

Roundtable discussion with Vo Trong Nghia, Marina Tabassum, and Michael Murphy, moderated by Rahul Mehrotra
Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:30 pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Lunchtime Lecture with Vo Trong Nghia
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 1:00 pm
Portico 124, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street

Please contact  Michael Haggerty, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, haggerty@gsd.harvard.edu, with questions.

Cosponsored with the Boston Society of Architects Foundation, Harvard Asia Center, and Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

START
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 06:30pm

END
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 02:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Thu, February 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm  /  Barker Center 114

Vasubandhu’s Relativism about the Buddha’s Causal Concepts

Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum

Jonathan Gold, Associate Professor of Religion, Princeton University

The great Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth/fifth century) critiqued his contemporaries for their profuse ontologies, which he felt they had developed out of a naively reificationist reading of Buddhist scripture. The present paper is a study of the section from Vasubandhu’s Commentary on the Treasury of Abhidharma (Abhidharmakośabhāṣya) in which he explains, and argues against, Vaibhāṣika realism about the four qualities of conditioned things: birth, stability, ageing and impermanence. Throughout this section, Vasubandhu argues against the conditioning factors while at the same time showing how it is often necessary to read the Buddha’s words as referring to unreal objects. These views entail one another, and together display, via Abhidharma analysis, an approach to Buddhist doctrine that is generally associated with the Mahāyāna. Vasubandhu’s Yogācāra interests are seen to hover in the background.

Cosponsored by the South Asia Institute 

START
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm

END
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

VENUE
Vasubandhu’s Relativism about the Buddha’s Causal Concepts

ADDRESS
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Fri, February 26, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Muslim Saints and Hindu Daughters: Kinship, Ethical Self-Fashioning, and Inter-religious Relations at Firoz Shah Kotla Dargah, Delhi

Muslim Societies in South Asia

Anand V. Taneja, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Anthropology, Asian Studies Program, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

Chair: Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

Relations between religions in South Asia have been seen as marked by either competition or syncretism. Is there another way of understanding the inter-religious interaction? Turning to the interactions between Muslims and Hindus at the popular Muslim saint-shrine of Firoz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Taneja offers another model in this talk—one of religions opening up new potentialities of ethical life and self-fashioning for the others they interact with, without either “conversion” or the dilution of doctrinal specificity. At Firoz Shah Kotla, the ethics of social interaction are anti-identitarian. People actively avoid asking each other’s names, which easily identify one’s religious community and caste. Instead, people follow an ethic of nameless intimacy, where they become friends and share intimate secrets while, on one level, remaining strangers. Women, for example, freely express their disaffection with the often oppressive structures of their natal and marital families. The ability to form communities of hamdardi (shared pain/empathy) while stepping out of one’s socially determined identity, Taneja argues, is a major factor in the healing power of Muslim saint shrines such as Firoz Shah Kotla. This healing efficacy can be linked to anti-patriarchal strands within Islam and to the Islamic ethic of gharib-navazi (hospitality to strangers/others), associated in particular with the Chishtiya Sufi order in South Asia. By offering us a model of Islam as an ethical inheritance as opposed to a religious identity, Firoz Shah Kotla forces us to rethink normative ideas of religion, and the role of Islam in the ethical and religious life of North India.

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program

START
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

END
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Mon, February 29, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Jousting Over Jurisdiction: Sovereignty and International Law in Late Nineteeth-Century South Asia

Graduate Student Associate Seminar

Priyasha Saksena, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School; SAI Graduate Student Associate

Chair: Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

This talk focuses on jurisdictional disputes between the Indian princely states and the British Government in late nineteenth-century South Asia to flesh out both the role played by international law in the definition and contestation of the relationship between the princely states and the British Government, as well as the influence of such disputes on the development of international law ideas. In particular, the talk will examine the influence of the historical school of jurisprudence on the development of the idea of sovereignty. Focusing on jurisdictional disputes will enable us to understand that the rhetoric of inclusion-exclusion, along with the idea of legal evolution, was core to late nineteenth century international law.

START
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

    Wed, March 2, 2016 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

    The Crippled Frontier

    Film Screening

    Pankaj Butalia, Documentary Film Maker

    Chair: Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

    START
    Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 04:00pm

    END
    Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 06:00pm

    VENUE
    CGIS South, S010

    ADDRESS
    1730 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge, MA

    Fri, March 4, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S050

    Voters and Foreign Policy: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Pakistan

    Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

    Christopher ClaryPostdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

    In traditional surveys in Pakistan, the vast majority of respondents identify India as an enemy and a serious threat to Pakistan. Do these beliefs affect voter choices? In a novel survey experiment, we find that voters punish politicians who advocate a friendly policy toward India, but only modestly. Candidate attitudes toward India were the least meaningful characteristic for voter choice among five characteristics tested.

    Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

    Reception to follow.

    START
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    END
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    VENUE
    CGIS South, S050
    Harvard University

    ADDRESS
    1730 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge MA

    Thu, March 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm  /  Sackler 029 Lecture Hall

    Asian Megacities

    Arts at SAI Special Event

    Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design 

    Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

    Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

    Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Sciences, University of Minnesota

    Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

    Chitra Venkataramani, South Asian Studies Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute

    Asim Waqif, Artist and Architect

    Hu Xiangchen, Artist, Beijing

    Sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute, Harvard Asia Center, Harvard University Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Korea Institute,  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with the MFA’s exhibition on ‘Megacities Asia, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

    START
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    END
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    VENUE
    Sackler 029 Lecture Hall

    ADDRESS
    485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA ‎

      Mon, March 28, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S354

      Urbanization Seminar 

      Henrik Valeur, Architect-Urbanist, Founder and Creative Director of UiD

      Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

      START
      Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      END
      Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      VENUE
      CGIS South, S354

      ADDRESS
      1730 Cambridge Street
      Cambridge MA 02138

        Tue, April 5, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S354

        Urbanization Seminar

        Ranjani Mazumdar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

        Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

        START
        Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        END
        Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        VENUE
        CGIS South, S354

        ADDRESS
        1730 Cambridge Street
        Cambridge MA 02138

          Thu, April 7, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  /  CGIS South, S030

          Not Poor but Pauperized

          South Asia Without Borders Seminar

          Jan Breman, Professor, SOAS, University of London

          Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

          START
          Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          END
          Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm

          VENUE
          CGIS South, S030
          Harvard University

          ADDRESS
          1730 Cambridge Street
          Cambridge MA 02138

            Fri, April 22, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S153

            East India Company Revisited

            Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

            Atul KohIi, David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

            Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

            Reception to follow.

            START
            Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

            END
            Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm

            VENUE
            CGIS South, S153
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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            Fri, February 5, 2016 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K354

            Why Regional Parties? Clientelism, Elites, and the Indian Party System

            Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

            Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

            Today, regional parties in India win nearly as many votes as national parties. Ziegfeld questions the conventional wisdom that regional parties in India are electorally successful because they harness popular grievances and benefit from strong regional identities. Rather, in democracies where patronage, vote buying, and electoral handouts are common, regional parties are successful because they represent expedient options for office-seeking politicians.

            Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

            Reception to follow.

            START
            Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 02:00pm

            END
            Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 04:00pm

            VENUE
            CGIS Knafel, K354
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1737 Cambridge Street,
            Cambridge, MA

            Thu, February 4, 2016 - Mon, February 22, 2016  /  CGIS South Concourse

            Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of Transition

            An exhibit of paintings on display in the CGIS South Concourse, February 4-22, 2016

            Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the South Asia Institute

            **A seminar related to the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:15 p.m. in S153, CGIS South with speaker Ian Holliday, The University of Hong Kong

            START
            Thu, Feb 4, 2016

            END
            Mon, Feb 22, 2016

            VENUE
            CGIS South Concourse
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Thu, February 4, 2016 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  Harvard Office of Career Services

            Explore Careers in South Asia: Panel and Mixer

            Have you ever thought about working in South Asia, but are unsure of what opportunities exist and what it would be like? Hear from panelists who have worked in a variety of sectors in South Asia including global health, technology, start-ups, and media/journalism. Enjoy food from the region while you learn more about the various types of opportunities available, and how you can get started. After the panel, we will have an informal mixer, where you can meet with the panelists and talk with them more about their experiences. Please register through Crimson Careers.

            Panelists include:

            • Joanna Jolly, Shorenstein Fellow & BBC South Asia Editor
            • Karima Ladhani, ScD Candidate HSPH ’18, Founder & CEO of Barakat Bundle
            • Sidhant Jena, HBS ’11, Founder of Jana Care

             

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            Cosponsored with the Harvard College US-India Initiative and the Harvard South Asian Association.

            START
            Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 05:00pm

            END
            Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 06:30pm

            VENUE
            Harvard OCS, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

            ADDRESS
            54 Dunster St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

            Wed, February 3, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  /  CGIS South, S250

            Rohith Vemula, Death of a Dalit Scholar in Hyderabad

            South Asia Without Borders Seminar

            Abha Sur, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, MIT

            Banu Subramaniam, Professor,  Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst 

            Suraj YengdeAssociate, Dept of African and African American Studies, Harvard University 

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

            Rohith Chakravarti Vemula was an Indian PhD student at the Hyderabad Central University. His suicide on 17 January 2016 sparked protests and outrage from across India and gained widespread media attention as an alleged case of discrimination against Dalits and backward classes in India.

            Join us for a discussion on the issues surrounding Rohith Vemula’s death and express solidarity with student and faculty protesters at Hyderabad University.

            Join the Facebook event.

            START
            Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

            END
            Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

            VENUE
            CGIS South, S250
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street
            Cambridge MA

            Mon, February 1, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

            Corporate Philanthropy Between Empire and Nation: Tata and the Making of Modern India

            Graduate Student Associate Seminar

            Mircea Raianu, PhD Candidate, History Department, FAS; SAI Graduate Student Associate

            Chair Sunil AmrithMehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Professor of History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

            From one of many merchant families in the port city of Bombay in the mid-nineteenth century, Tata became India’s largest and most influential business firm by the time of independence in 1947, with interests ranging from steel to hydroelectricity, chemicals, and aviation. In parallel, Tata philanthropy took on the burden of development beyond the economic domain, from scientific research to modernist art. This talk will examine the transformation of Tata philanthropy from community-based charity to “constructive” projects on a national scale, and account for the expansive transnational set of actors brought together by Tata patronage, including scientists, technocrats, intellectuals, and artists. The talk will show how the pattern of Tata philanthropic donations was neither the expression of an underlying nationalist vision, nor a purely strategic calculus. Institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science (1909), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (1936), and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1947) fulfilled the imagined developmental needs of the nation-state-in-waiting, while at the same time remaining inseparably connected to the firm’s need for technology and expertise in the mills of Bombay and the new steel township of Jamshedpur.

            START
            Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 04:00pm

            END
            Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 05:30pm

            VENUE
            CGIS South, S354

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street
            Cambridge MA 02138

            Mon, February 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm  /  Sever 202

            The Buddha’s Mother’s Death: Past and Present

            Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum

            Kim Gutschow, Lecturer, Williams College; Professor, Institute of Ethnology; and
            Chair, Anthropology of Public Health, Center for Modern Indian Studies, Göttingen University

            Cosponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute 

             

            START
            Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

            END
            Mon, Feb 1, 2016

            VENUE
            The Buddha’s Mother’s Death: Past and Present

            ADDRESS
            Sever Hall, Harvard Yard
            Cambridge, MA 02138

            Tue, January 26, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

            Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

            Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities, including research and internship grants, and ask any last minute questions about the application process.

            Deadline to apply: February 17, 2016

            Join the Facebook event.

            START
            Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 04:00pm

            END
            Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 05:30pm

            VENUE
            CGIS South, S250
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street
            Cambridge MA

            Mon, January 18, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

            Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

            Special Event

            Welcome by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS Museum

            Introductory remarks by Vikram Gandhi, Harvard South Asia Institute Advisory Council Member; Founder, Asha Impact

            Diana Eck, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Divinity School

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

            Satchit Balsari, Weill Cornell Global Emergency Medicine Division; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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

            Facilitated by Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

            Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world. Today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks. Among the pilgrims at the 2013 Kumbh Mela was a team of some 50 people – faculty, students, and researchers from Harvard University. The team was making an in-depth study of a gathering that is not only a remarkable religious experience, but also a remarkable exercise in urban planning, public health, government administration, security, and commerce.

            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.

            Please register here.

             

            Cosponsored with the Asia Society India Centre and the Harvard Club of Mumbai

            START
            Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 06:00pm

            END
            Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 08:30pm

            VENUE
            CSMVS Museum, Mumbai

            ADDRESS
            159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
            Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India

            Mon, January 11, 2016 - Thu, January 14, 2016  /  Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gujarat

            Capacity Building Workshop on Rural Livelihoods Creations in the Indian Crafts Sector

            Livelihood Creation Workshop

            The Tata Trusts and SAI have collaborated for the Project on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development’. This Capacity Building Workshop is for organizations from the Handicrafts and Handlooms sectors.

            Mukti Khaire, Faculty Chair; Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

            Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director, Harvard University South Asia Institute; and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School

            The production of handicrafts is (after agriculture) the largest source of income among rural populations – an estimated 11.65 million Indians were engaged in craft production in 2013 and this is expected to grow to 13.93 million in 2017 and 17.79 million in 2022. Data from unofficial sources indicate that up to 200 million craftspeople or artisans depend on this sector for a livelihood. The project on Rural Livelihoods focuses on supporting and strengthening the organizational infrastructure of enterprises in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors.

            This Capacity Building Workshop aims to provide the support enterprises need in this sector. The workshop will be a focused program that will enable capacity building through knowledge inputs, networking support, social innovation grant funding and mentoring..

            More details here.

            For questions, please contact kundanmadireddy@fas.harvard.edu.

            START
            Mon, Jan 11, 2016

            END
            Thu, Jan 14, 2016

            VENUE
            Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

            ADDRESS
            Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

            Thu, January 7, 2016 at 07:30am

            Webinar: Merchandising and Marketing of Handcrafted Goods

            Livelihood Creation Webinar

            Merchandising and Marketing of Handcrafted Goods: Challenges and Solutions in the Physical and Online Markets

            Thursday, January 7, 2015. 6.00 pm to 7:00 pm IST

            The webinar will address:

            • Innovation in design and product ranges and supply chain
            • Capturing larger audiences and potential customers online and offline
            • Principles of merchandizing that can add value to marketing efforts

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

            This webinar is for practitioners in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors and all those who are interested in knowing more about the current state of the sector and the immense potential it holds for rural livelihood creation.

            Speakers will include representatives from handicraft and handloom retail ventures.

            Register here.

            START
            Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 07:30am

            END
            Thu, Jan 7, 2016