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SAI Event Type : Seminars


Fri, August 11, 2017 - Mon, August 14, 2017  /  Dubai, UAE

Crossroads Summer Program

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) Crossroads Summer Program is a fully-funded introduction to Harvard and American university culture for students from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa, who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017, and the program will run from August 11-14, 2017 at the DIFC Academy of the Dubai International Financial Centre (Dubai, UAE).

Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth. This program is a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Dubai International Financial Centre with the support of Air Arabia, the Carlton Hotel, Dubai Future Accelerators, and Emirates Grand Hotel.

Program details

  • Class size: up to 60 students
  • Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
  • Cost: FREE (The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates.)
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Applications are open now—early submissions are encouraged.
  • Questions: Write to sainit@fas.harvard.edu (Subject line: SAI Crossroads Summer Program)

Faculty

  • Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
  • Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.

To apply or learn more information, visit the webpage: http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/sai-crossroads-summer-program/

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Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

“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 April 12. 

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 1:30pm

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CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:15pm - 01:45pm  /  One Brattle Square

Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Cosponsored Event

Please join the India and South Asia Project in a conversation with Ambassador Feldman, Ambassador Grossman, and Ambassador Olson on the evolution of U.S. Policy in Afghanistan.

Join the India and South Asia Project for a panel which will explore the evolution of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The speakers include:
Daniel Feldman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Marc Grossman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Richard G. Olson, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan

The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Event website: Panel: Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Location: Room 402, Fourth Floor, One Brattle Building (enter next to Chipotle)

 

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:15pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 01:45pm

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Thu, April 20, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Legal Identity for Children in South Asia: The Role of Birth Registration and Biometric Identification

Graduate Student Associate Seminar

Amiya Bhatia, Doctor of Science student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Discussant: Connor Jerzak, PhD student, Government Department

South Asia has the largest number of children who do not have birth certificates. As biometric identification programs (e.g. Aadhaar in India, NADRA in Pakistan) expand, many countries continue to have weak birth registration systems, denying children access to legal identity. This talk examines the unequal distribution of birth certificates and identification documents within each country in South Asia, and whether biometric identification programs could weaken, complement or improve birth registration systems.

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, April 20, 2017 from 07:00pm - 09:00pm  /  The Harvard Advocate

An Evening with Rana Dasgupta

Cosponsored Event

A public reading and discussion with British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta. Rana is a novelist and essayist, and the winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for his novel Solo. He currently lives in Delhi and his nonfiction book Capital constructs an intimate oral history to unfold the possibilities and catastrophes of the city’s elite class. Rana is in the United States to lecture this month at Brown University.

No RSVP required. Refreshments will be served.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/420864254936925/

Sponsored by the Harvard Advocate and the Harvard South Asia Institute

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 07:00pm

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 09:00pm

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Tue, April 18, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Rethinking Empires and Space: Histories of South Asia(ns), Mobility & Boundary Making

Cosponsored Event

Panelists:
Kornel Chang, Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark

Catherine Warner, College Fellow in South Asian Studies and History at Harvard University

Vazira Zamindar, Associate Professor of History at Brown University

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

Hardeep Dhillon, Ph.D. Candidate, History at Harvard University

In the last several decades, the historiography of South Asia has grappled with the prevalence of circulation and mobility in the past, overturning long-held notions of South Asia as a static society prior to colonial intervention, and developed increasingly nuanced analyses of global connections. The production of itinerant subjectivities, the making of new forms of sovereign power, and the creation of a modern, centralizing state are historical dynamics that all call for a re-examination of empire and space. This panel explores these and related issues through forms of boundary making and mobility.

Organized by the Harvard South Asia Institute and South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop 
Co-sponsored by Boston University School of Global Studies Center for the Study of Asia, Task Force on Asian & Pacific American Studies, Tufts Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

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Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 07:00pm

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William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

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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

 

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Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 02:00pm

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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 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.

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Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Thu, March 30, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  Memorial Hall 030

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

The location is Memorial Hall Meade Room 030, 45 Quincy Street. 

 

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Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 01:30pm

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