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SAI Event Type : Conferences and Symposiums

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

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October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia 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. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).


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Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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Fri, September 15, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Kings College London  /  Strand London WC2R 2LS UK

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India


Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and King’s India Institute invite you to a program on The 1947 Partition of British India.

Join us in London for a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India and launch SAI’s major research project in one of the most important global hubs for the South Asian diaspora and the city in which many of the decisions of 1947 were made.

We have much to learn from the Partition about the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements. Such lessons can inform current cross-border displacement and the corresponding growth of urban settlements and cities.

Reception: 6:00-6:30pm
Panel discussion: 6:30-8:00pm

Sona Datta, Writer and Broadcaster
Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Jennifer Leaning, T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Ian Talbot, Department of History, University of Southampton
Discussant: Louise Tillin, Interim Director, King’s India Institute

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Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 06:00pm

Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 08:00pm

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Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.

The inaugural event of the Harvard SAI Liberal Arts Education Workshop will be held on August 19-20, 2017, at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education. This workshop will allow Harvard SAI to initiate a multi-year engagement convening on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas.


This workshop is available for university faculty, administrators, and leadership only. Please include your title, affiliation, and university email when you register.


Register by Friday, July 7. Learn more here.

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Wed, May 3, 2017 - Thu, May 4, 2017  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

2017 SAI Symposium, MAY 3-4: South Asia: Migrations and Transformations

Join us at the 2017 SAI Symposium, our annual flagship event, where we bring together scholars, practitioners and audiences to discuss, debate and dissect major South Asian themes from an interlocking variety of perspectives. This year, we are exploring migrations and transformations in society, from the points of view of visual arts, life sciences, and the study of displacement.

Learn more and register.

Wed, May 3, 2017

Thu, May 4, 2017

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Sat, April 15, 2017 from 08:30am - 05:00pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Education

South Asia ConnectED Conference

Cosponsored Event

South Asia ConnectED

April 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m – 5:00p.m, HGSE

South Asia ConnectED is the first ever South Asia-centric education conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Explore catalyzing for scale in education policy, social change and education technology with leaders from South Asia. Join John Floretta (Associate Director of Policy for J-PAL), Sridhar Rajagopalan (founder, Educational Initiatives), Sanjli Gidwaney (Director, Design for Change, USA) and many others.

Opening remarks: Tarun Khanna (Director, SAI; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School)

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This conference has been organized by the HGSE South Asia Education Initiative, a student body at HGSE, which aims to build a bridge between students and faculty at Harvard and beyond with education practitioners and academics in South Asia. It is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute.


Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 08:30am

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 05:00pm

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gutman Conference Center 1,

Gutman Library
6 Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138

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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 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. 

Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 01:00pm

Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 06:00pm

CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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Sat, March 4, 2017  /  CGIS South, S010  /  Harvard University

Mumbai: Research + Projections Social Sciences and Spatial Thinking

Special Event

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.

Cosponsored with Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

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Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

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Fri, February 10, 2017 from 05:30pm - 07:00pm  /  Kathmandu, Nepal

Debrief Nepal: Reflections on a Rapid Scenario Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario and other planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

High Tea to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:30pm

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

Hotel Yak & Yeti

Durbar Marg

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Mon, January 23, 2017 from 06:00pm - 09:00pm  /  New Delhi

Livelihood Creation in India

Special Event

Please join the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) for the final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on ‘Livelihood Creation in India’.

High tea reception will be followed by a presentation on the impact of the project by Harvard faculty, including Professor Tarun Khanna and two panel discussions. Three publications compiled by Harvard faculty, fellows and eminent experts in the area will be released on this occasion. These include:

  • Innovation in Tradition: Rural Livelihood Creation in the Indian Crafts Sector
  • Science for Society: Science and Technology Based Social Entrepreneurship
  • Task-shifting in Healthcare: Reframing the AYUSH Debate

Location: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Number One Mansingh Road, New Delhi, DL 110011


6- 6:30 pm Tea and grantees funded by the TT-SAI program will be on display.

6:30 – 6:40   Welcome: Shashank Shah, Project Director; Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

6:40 – 6:50   Keynote by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; and release of 3 TT-SAI publications on the Crafts, Task Shifting, and Science

6:50 – 7:35   Session 1: Handicraft Sector; Moderator: Vandana Bhandari, Professor NIFT, Delhi

7:35 – 7:45   Break

7:45 – 8:30   Session 2: Science & Technology; Satya Prakash Dash, Head of Strategy at DBT, Ravi Elangovan, IIT-D, Vikram Gandhi, HBS, Asha Impact, Satchit Balsari, HSPH; Moderator: Tarun Khanna, SAI, HBS

8:30-8:35    Closing remarks: Manish Kumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (To be confirmed)


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Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 06:00pm

Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 09:00pm

New Delhi

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