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Conferences

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Harvard University
Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

ACSAA symposia occur in alternating years, and serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community.

Inaugural Liberal Arts Education Workshop

The Ismaili Centre in Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Liberal Arts Education Workshop is a forum for vice chancellors, directors, principals, and deans from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions to convene on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the exchange of ideas. Harvard University faculty will be leading the discussion on a range of topics, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education.

South Asia: Migrations and Transformations

Harvard University
May 3 & 4, 2017

The SAI Symposium is our annual flagship event, free and open to the public, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives.

Mumbai: Social Research & Urban Projections

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Featuring new and largely unpublished work, this one-day conference sets up a dialogue between designers and social scientists. By connecting fine-grained micro studies with broader imaginations for the metropolitan region, we intend to open up new scalar possibilities for Mumbai.

 

DeCoding Asian Urbanism

Harvard University
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Saturday, October 29, 2016

The symposium on DeCoding Asian Urbanism explores the current discourse and creation of innovative architecture and urban interventions that are effectively transforming the spatial and operational landscape of the complex Asian city. The focus is to highlight efforts that strategically embrace the rapid growth and the cultural and physical complexity of the built environment in Asia. The symposium builds on an exhibition at the A+D Architecture +Design Museum>Los Angeles, curated by Kenneth Frampton, Ken Yeang and Farooq Ameen.

Cosponsored with the Bengal Foundation and the A+D Museum, Los Angeles

 

Who Speaks For Democracy Across South Asia? 2016

Harvard University
May 5 & 6, 2016

The 2016 Annual Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register here.

 

Annual Symposium – South Asia: Local Solutions with Global Impact, 2015

Harvard University
April 16 & 17, 2015

Workshops to highlight interfaculty research projects supported by SAI, and launch of the exhibit and book Mapping the Ephemeral City: Kumbh Mela 2013.

South Asia Regionalism: Workshops on Shared Challenges and the Way Forward, 2014

Harvard University
April 24 & 25, 2014

This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to highlight SAI’s ongoing research projects in the form of workshops: Urban Water Challenges, Mobile Technology, Urbanism in South Asia, Disaster Relief & Mental Health, Religion and Secularism, and The Way Forward for the Informal Economy.

 

Contemporary South Asian City Conference, 2014

Karachi, Pakistan
January 10-12, 2014

This conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to explore new frontiers in research on the contemporary South Asian city. South Asia includes some of the largest and fastest-­‐growing urban agglomerations in the world today, all of which are growing increasingly interconnected with the larger regional and global economy. Equally relevant is the experience of small and medium-sized cities in each country, and the economic, social and spatial possibilities they encompass.

Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms Conference, 2013

India International Centre, New Delhi, India
July 12-13, 2013

This conference will be the first step in convening a group of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the academy, service providers and NGOs. The meeting will provide an opportunity for information exchange and discussion across a range of issues – legislative, educational, policy and service oriented – relevant to sexual assault and gender violence in India and, more generally, South Asia.

South Asia Without Borders, 2013

Harvard University
April 25 and 26, 2013

The symposium will focus on the timely appeal of South Asia to the humanities—at the intersection of religion and civil society, ancient arts and cutting edge technologies. “South Asia Without Borders” will explore development, the juncture of caste and race, gender and human rights, social entrepreneurship and the arts, constitutionalism and development in South Asia, and will conclude with Harvard’s study of the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India.

 

Future of Afghanistan, 2013

Harvard University
April 5, 2013

The Future of Afghanistan Conference, co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School‘s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs India & South Asia Program and the Future of Diplomacy Project, and the Harvard South Asia Institute, is a daylong conference that seeks to answer important questions about the current state of affairs in Afghanistan and the prospects for regional peace and stability in a post-2014 world.

 

Health in South Asia, 2012

Harvard University
April 26th and 27th, 2012

South Asia Initiative at Harvard University held its second annual symposium, focusing on Health in South Asia: Lessons for and from the World.  The conference brought together global experts with deep research, implementation and policy experience to learn and find new modes for global exchange. Day 1 focused on understanding the issue, to create a platform for Day 2’s discussion on the solutions.

 

Higher Education in South Asia, 2012

India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India
January 23, 2012

Education is increasingly becoming the foundation for individual prosperity and social mobility. Investments made in higher education in South Asia have contributed significantly to economic development, social progress, and political democracy. However, the higher education sector is under significant strain to equip its students with the needed knowledge and technical skills to cater to the demands of the region’s economy. With a focus on gathering multiple perspectives, SAI assembled leaders from the academic, government, and private spheres to discuss innovative approaches being adapted to enhance quality and increase access to higher education across the region.

Future of South Asia, 2011

Harvard University
April 8, 2011

This conference presented speakers on a wide spectrum of issues, including energy technology and innovation, water security, architecture, the aging population of South Asia, and the future of Pakistan.