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Wed, December 3, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

*Please note the update date (December 3, 2014).

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Mon, December 1, 2014 at 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Broken Memory, Shining Dust

Film Screening

Nilosree Biswas, Producer and Director

Depicts the extraordinary journey of kashmiri women from loss, separation, pain, anger, helplessness to hope, faith, grit and determination thrown up by tragedies and circumstances around them. The film is about ‘women in wait’ for their loved ones, who went missing in the conflict ridden valley of Kashmir, India, in last two decades. Woven around the life of Parveena Ahanger, a Kashmiri mother and other such women, the narrative of the film interweaves their memories of loss, pain, struggle, separation vented cathartic that have formed into a resistance movement which in practicality relives their hope to trace a clue about their missing family members.

Cosponsored with the Harvard Asia Center

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Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Mon, Dec 1, 2014

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Fri, November 21, 2014 from 02:00pm - 03:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel K020

India’s Maoist Insurgency Challenge

Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Politics

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament; Former Minister of Environment and Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress party, is an Indian economist and politician. Since June 2004, Ramesh has been a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha – the upper house of the Parliament of India – from the state of Andhra Pradesh. As an economist, he was entrusted with several crucial roles as an advisor to the Finance Minister (1996-98) and also to the Prime Minister (1991). With a special interest in China, Ramesh is the Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, since 2002. Jairam Ramesh was also a member of the National Advisory Council that is chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

Brown-Harvard-MIT Seminar on South Asian Politics

Co-sponsored by the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies.

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 03:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel K020

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Wed, November 19, 2014 from 08:30am - 10:00am

Webinar: Mass Casualty Triage

Usha Periyanayagam, MD, International Emergency Medicine Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School

When there are many injured people in an incident, non-medical personal might be needed to begin care of patients. This seminar will teach triage, a simple way to determine the priority of patient treatment, and the basics of treatment of patients.

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.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 6:30 PM in Pakistan, 7 PM in India, 7:30 PM in Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh (* Please note the time variation due to US Daylight Saving Time)

This is the second SAI webinar of the semester on Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Third webinar TBD.

How to participate:

PREPARE: Visit SAI’s website to find articles and readings to prepare for the webinars.
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

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 08:30am

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:00am

Tue, November 18, 2014 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

Art, Communities and Museums

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

S. Mukherjee, Director General & Secretary, Board of Trustees, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

    Mon, November 17, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

    Access to Toilets and Women’s Rights

    Urbanization and Gender Seminar

    Sharmila Murthy, Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University

    Ramnath Subbaraman, PUKAR; Research Fellow in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

     

    START
    Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 04:00pm

    END
    Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 05:30pm

    VENUE
    CGIS South, S354

    ADDRESS
    1730 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge MA 02138

      Fri, November 14, 2014 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

      As Hierarchies Wane: Explaining Inter-Caste Accommodation in Rural India

      South Asia Without Borders Seminar

      James Manor, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

      This talk will examine certain key implications of a monumentally important trend, the declining acceptance of caste hierarchies across rural India. When so-called ‘lower’ castes – especially Dalits (ex-untouchables) – refuse to acknowledge and even challenge the principle of hierarchy, what ensues? We might expect violence as ‘higher’ castes seek to enforce old injustices. Some of that has occurred, and taken more savage form than a generation ago. But such outrages are greatly outweighed by accommodations between Dalits and others when inter-caste tensions arise. Those accommodations are based not on a change of heart among ‘higher’ castes, but a change of mind – on measured calculations by ‘higher’ caste leaders. This talk will explain the logic of inter-caste accommodations between Dalits and one set of ‘higher’ castes, the formerly dominant landowning groups. It will focus briefly on the repertoire of actions which Dalits use to indicate their rejection of caste hierarchies, and then on the often difficult realities which landed castes face – and on their perceptions of them. Finally, it will deal with the negotiating processes which lead to accommodations – and of potential threats to those processes.

       

      START
      Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 05:00pm

      END
      Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 06:30pm

      VENUE
      CGIS South, S250
      Harvard University

      ADDRESS
      1730 Cambridge Street
      Cambridge MA

        Thu, November 13, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm

        CANCELLED: Conversation with Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US and Britain

        This event has been cancelled.

         

        Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

        Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US and Britain

        Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

        Dr. Maleeha Lodhi is among the most accomplished female professionals in the Muslim world, with extensive experience in diplomacy, media, and teaching.  Her diplomatic experience spans eleven years, representing Pakistan as Ambassador in the US and Britain.  She is the recipient of the President’s award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service in Pakistan.  Lodhi has also received an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Economics in 2004 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from London’s Metropolitan University in 2005.

        She served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001 to 2005.  In 1994, Lodhi was selected by Time magazine as one of a hundred people in the world – the only one from Pakistan – who will help to shape the 21st century.  She has addressed top Think Tanks and other foreign policy forums across the world, drawing on her diplomatic skills and media background.

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        Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 04:00pm

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        Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 05:30pm

          Wed, November 12, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

          Women Rising: Empowering the Women of Pakistan and Afghanistan

          Gender Seminar

          Donald “Larry” Sampler Jr.,Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID

          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, Nov 12, 2014 at 04:00pm

          END
          Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 05:30pm

          VENUE
          CGIS South, S250
          Harvard University

          ADDRESS
          1730 Cambridge Street
          Cambridge MA

            Mon, November 10, 2014 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

            Jugaad City

            Urbanization Seminar

            Please note the updated date and location.

            Vikram Bhatt, Professor, School of Architecture and Director, Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University

            Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

            Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning a clever improvisation or making do with what you have. It has also come to mean grassroots innovation to overcome any constraint. Leveraging limited resources or using them sparingly is a common practice in industry and in creative design; notions of efficiency require that; however, the idea of promoting not only popular engagement but also using users’ savoir-faire, especially in business, is relatively new.

            The problem of shelter and cities have mounted, because the formal authorities do not have adequate financial resources; at the local level, professional and technical abilities are lacking; and politically, there is a limited will. And as a result, in India, as well as other countries in the region, most of the affordable and low-income housing is produced by the so-called informal sector, which not only exists, but is thriving outside the market-economy

            Since the informal sector is virtually the only delivery vehicle that has had any success in providing appropriate, low cost solution to the shelter problem of the urban poor, a sympathetic understanding of these make-shift settlements, or juggad city, can help us re-consider and re-imagine contemporary urbanism. The best way to chart our way forward is to consider the jugaad urban production on its own merits and try to understand – decipher – its workings. This is essential as this production defies conventional planning orthodoxy. Although these settlements appear temporary there is nothing ephemeral or short-lived about these communities, because from the users’ perspective, they are conceived and built on generational compacts.

            Cosponsored by India GSD

            START
            Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 06:30pm

            END
            Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 08:00pm

            VENUE
            CGIS South, S050
            Harvard University

            ADDRESS
            1730 Cambridge Street
            Cambridge MA