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Upcoming SAI Events


Tue, March 28, 2017 from 01:00pm - 02:30pm  /  CGIS S001

Artist Talk: Rabindra Shrestha

Arts Seminar

Rabindra Shrestha, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Jinah KimGardner 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).

SAI Visiting Artist Program

Lunch will be served.

START
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 02:30pm

VENUE
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street

ADDRESS
CGIS S001, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Rabindra Poster
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Wed, March 29, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Partition of British India: 70 Years Later

The last seminar in our special series will be structured around a discussion on the modern-day impact of Partition and the latest research on this complex, multi-faceted subject, with Professors Tarun Khanna and Asim Khwaja.

START
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0329 TK Asim
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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Old Stories in New Moments: Digambara Jain Rāmāyaṇa Literature in Early Modernity

Graduate Student Associate Seminar

Gregory Clines, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI

Discussant: Catherine HartmannPh.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.

 

START
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0330 Clines_
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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Memorial Hall S030

Artist Talk: Landscape of Abstraction

Arts Seminar

Madhu Das, Visiting Artist, SAI Arts Program

Chair: Susan Bean, Independent Scholar and Chair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies

Madhu Das is a multi-disciplinary Visual Artist based in Mumbai, India; his artistic practice is primarily concerned with the projection of identity onto the social and natural world: in a way that the two are woven together in the Indian space (both mythic space and actual); Exploring both conceptual and material sensibilities through range of media including drawing and painting, photography, performance, video, site-specific interventions, collaborative community projects and interactive/performative installations.

In his work, human body often establish an improvisational relationship with object and sculptural elements in the space. The work has involved the spaces in both a narrative sense and as a site of memory to re-narrate historical events as a way of plotting connections between the particular and the universal. Subjectively, he adapt aspects of material culture as well as methods from anthropology, allegorical fiction as conceptual tool, which later extends to the space of the viewer, from the point of a storyteller, exploring exciting linguistic devices and imagery with a sense of irony and paradox.

Lunch will be served.

SAI Visiting Artist Program

*Location may change, please check back for updates

 

START
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 01:30pm

VENUE
Memorial Hall S030 Meade Room

ADDRESS
Memorial Hall S030 Meade Room

Madhu D
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Mon, April 3, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Bitter Pills: The Curious Case of Substandard and Counterfeit Medicines in South Asia

Science and Technology Seminar

Muhammad ZamanProfessor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University; Visiting Faculty, SAI

Chair: Tarun KhannaJorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, Harvard South Asia Institute

The discussion about universal health care is meaningless without assurance of quality in health services and health commodities. Despite the major efforts by governments in low and middle income countries to increase access, create insurance schemes for all the citizens and emphasize primary care, quality of pharmaceuticals remains a persistent problem. Estimates suggest that anywhere from 15-30% of all drugs in the world, and upwards of 50% in a number of countries, do not meet the basic quality standards. The markets in Pakistan are flooded with not just counterfeit, but substandard and falsified drugs, and despite investments in digital technologies, the problem remains stubborn. Bad drugs have resulted in several major public health crises in the last five years in the country and subsequent legislation that has failed to address the issue in any appreciable way. This talk will focus at the global challenge, the unique perspective from Pakistan in particular and South Asia in general, and discuss the social, economic and technological developments that have the potential to improve access to quality pharmaceuticals.

Light refreshments will be served.

START
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 12:00pm

END
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0403 Zaman
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Wed, April 5, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Coins as Historical Puzzles: Examples from Ancient India

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Pankaj Tandon, Associate Professor of Economics, Boston University

Chair: Sunil AmrithMehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University

Coins are small metallic documents of the past. In the images and legends impressed upon them, they contain clues that can give us insights into the times in which they were created and used. In this talk, examples from ancient India will be used to show how the unpuzzling of these clues can help us bring back forgotten dynasties, recreate historical events and shine a light on political and economic conditions.

START
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0405 coins
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Fri, April 7, 2017 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Enfranchising Your Own? Experimental Evidence on Bureaucrat Diversity and Election Bias

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Yusuf Neggers, Postdoctoral Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University

Simon Chauchard, Assistant Professor of Government Department, Dartmouth College

Chair: Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Director of the Brown-India Initiative

Read the seminar paper.

Cosponsored with the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs, and the MIT Cen­ter for Interna­tional Studies

 

START
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 04:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, April 12, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

“Our Clothes, Our Hair, We Don’t Care”: Prince and the British South Asian misfits

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Hasit Shah, Research Affiliate, Harvard South Asia Institute

Chair: Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University

When Prince passed away in April 2016, at the age of just 57, many people felt profound sadness at the loss of an artist whose performative genius was such that people from all backgrounds and lifestyles felt included in his world. SAI Research Affiliate Hasit Shah – journalist, Londoner and Prince fan – explores the connections between a group of second-generation British South Asians and a musician they too claimed as one of their own.

This event was originally scheduled for February 6. 

START
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Thu, April 13, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S450

From Story to Book (Kahani Se Kitab Tak)

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Musharraf Ali FarooqiBabar Ali Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute

Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

From Story to Book (Kahani Se Kitab Tak) is a graduated reading program to introduce Urdu classical literature and folklore to native language speakers, and offer a new language testing system using electronic resources like the Urdu Thesaurus (http://www.urduthesaurus.com). The same content can be used to develop a better understanding of South Asian culture for young audiences around the world. The content will be available in local languages and English. SAI fellow Musharraf Ali Farooqi, who has designed the program, and conducted a successful pilot project at an International Baccalaureate certified school in Lahore, Pakistan, will describe the plan for the staged implementation of the Kahani Se Kitab Tak program, and how testing mechanisms will be adapted to the learner’s level without compromising the program content.

START
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S450

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

0413 Farooqi
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Mon, March 27, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Conversation on the Intersection of Culture, Journalism and Religion

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 about 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.

START
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0327 Syed Werman
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Sat, March 25, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Harvard Allston Education Portal

“Marvi: The Mystic Muse” Film Screening and Discussion

Cosponsored Event

Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a free screening of the award-winning film “Marvi: The Mystic Muse,” exploring singer Sanam Marvi’s search for her own roots across Pakistan and her journey with Sufism. The event will follow a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Tanya Panjwani and Professor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University. This screening is also sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, Harvard Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program, Harvard South Asia Institute, and World Music/CRASHarts.

This film embarks on a journey through Pakistan with renowned singer Sanam Marvi to discover her roots in Sindh and Punjab, through the shrines of Saints that inspired her to deliver the message of Sufism that permeates the land. It follows her creative process to spread this message through live concert performances, and documents her challenges in spreading the Sufi message in Pakistan and all over the world. We discover the Sufi Saints of Pakistan such as Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Laal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast, Bulleh Shah, and Shah Hussain through the eyes of Marvi, and speak to teachers and experts who were a part of her mystical journey.

The documentary showcases how one particular artist is able to internalize and embody her faith in a worldly sense, spreading the message of Sufism throughout the world through the medium of music. This is against the backdrop of a seemingly restricted society, where a section of the population is battling certain societal elements and where Sufi artists as well as female public figures are often at odds with certain fundamentalist groups in the country. The documentary endeavors to understand how one artist, Sanam Marvi, attempts to maneuver through these limitations to emerge as a prominent female Sufi singer in Pakistan and worldwide.

Register.

 

 

START
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
224 Western Ave., Allston

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Sat, March 25, 2017 from 01:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Asian Borderlands: the First Annual Symposium

Cosponsored Event

This is the first meeting of a proposed annual conference of a research network that will meet every year at a different university, our other partner institutions being Chicago, Columbia and Cornell. Graduate Students from Harvard and beyond will convene to discuss a range of historical topics about border-making and border-crossing in various parts of early modern and modern Asia. The topics are of interest to students of South Asian, South-east Asian, Indian Ocean and East-Asian history. All are welcome to join us for the presentations and subsequent discussions, and no registration is required.

Along with the public conference, there are a series of paper workshops and closed-door roundtable discussions with faculty experts on various relevant topics on Friday, March 24. These sessions are restricted to faculty and graduate students. Interested graduate students should email aniket_de@g.harvard.edu for the reading list/ packet for the Friday workshops, with which some familiarity will be expected. Harvard faculty from all departments are most welcome to attend all sessions on both the days.

Sponsored by the Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, History Department, Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, South Asia Institute, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. 

START
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 01:00pm

END
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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Thu, March 23, 2017 from 04:15pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

POSTPONED: Film Screening: For Fun

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

A charming story of a group of senior citizens who set up a Peking Opera club in hopes of finding revitalization through singing and dancing. Fast paced and delightful.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center

START
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 04:15pm

END
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

For Fun
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Wed, March 22, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Witness to Two Partitions: 1947 and 1971

Partition Seminar

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

Chen will be speaking from a personal perspective, as a long-term resident of India and Pakistan who witnessed two partitions: 1947 and 1971. For the 1947 Partition of India, Chen plans to feature excerpts from her grandmother’s letters written that year from Rawalpindi to family in the USA, and also her own few memories of that time as a 3-year-old. For the 1971 Partition of Pakistan, Chen will recall a series of events she witnessed:  the cyclone and tidal wave of November 1970, the elections of December 1970, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech in March 1971, the military crackdown that led to civil war later that month, and Sheikh Mujib’s release from Pakistani custody and return to Dhaka in January 1972.

Light refreshments will be served.

Seminar resources.

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.

See a full list of Partition seminars.

Add to your calendar.

START
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0322 Chen
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Wed, March 22, 2017 from 04:15pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

POSTPONED: Film Screening: Old Partner

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center

START
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 04:15pm

END
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Old Partner
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Mon, March 20, 2017 from 04:15pm - 07:15pm  /  CGIS South, S250

POSTPONED: Film Screening: Baghban

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.

Cosponsored with Asia Center

START
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 04:15pm

END
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 07:15pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Baghban
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Fri, March 10, 2017 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

The Lessons Private Schools Teach: Using a Field Experiment to Understand the Effects of Private Schools on Political Behavior

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Emmerich Davies Escobar, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education 

Bryce Millett Steinberg, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Chair: Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Director of the Brown-India Initiative

Cosponsored with the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs, and the MIT Cen­ter for Interna­tional Studies

Read the seminar paper.

START
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 04:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Fri, March 10, 2017  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

A World of Women Villages

Cosponsored Event

February 6 – March 10 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2nd Floor Exhibition Wall

Ashley C. Thompson, Design Studies in Risk and Resilience, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Curated from a collection of portraits of women and girls taken over more than 25 years of global travel, the exhibition presents ten portraits of women in rural villages from Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, and French Guiana. Accompanied by description and personal narrative, the work draws attention to a gendered global phenomenon: boys and men departing their homes and families, while the women remain.

The resulting distortion of the gender demographic across geographies and cultures is startling – villages everywhere seemingly inhabited only by women, children, and the elderly or impaired. Capturing the journey and imagination, of an American woman raised nomadically, the exhibition intimately frames her encounters with these girls and women and the realities they face, so drastically different from her own, incorporated into her own story of self.

START
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

END
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

VENUE
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

ADDRESS
48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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