CGIS South, S020 Belfer
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tarun Das, former Director-General and Chief Mentor of the Confederation of Indian Industries
Chair: Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the Asia Center Seminar Series, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
The interregional arena of the Indian Ocean has emerged as a connected—if not unified—field of historical study. While the case for integration had been strongly suggested by historical scholarship since the 1980s on the pre-colonial and early modern periods, comparisons and connections across the Indian Ocean in the colonial and modern eras have been a major feature of historical studies in the twenty-first century. Histories of this rich and complex arena of human interaction have taken the form of books, monographs, and research articles. These works have explored and explained important historical webs of relationships—social, economic, cultural, and political—that bound together the peoples of South Asia, Middle East, East and South Africa, and Southeast and East Asia. In so doing, scholars have transcended rigid area studies boundaries and crossed colonial and national borders in creative ways. While earlier works had focused on trade, newer studies have innovatively blended the aspects of culture and political economy.
In light of the efflorescence of work on a region of both historical and contemporary importance, Sugata Bose and Sunil Amrith have taken on the task of bringing together the best historians of the Indian Ocean to offer a grand synthesis of the scholarship of the past few decades in a two-volume The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean, under contract to Cambridge University Press. Sugata Bose is the general editor of the project, and Sunil Amrith is one of the editors of the second volume. They are joined by Engseng Ho and Tansen Sen (volume 1) and Isabel Hofmeyr (volume 2). The conference will play a pivotal role in a major scholarly endeavor, allowing the editors to hone their overview and conceptualization of the volume as a whole, while providing vital feedback to individual authors.
Cosponsored with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Asia Center
Ambassador Nirupama Rao, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University; former Foreign Secretary of India; former Ambassador of India to China and the United States
Cosponsored by the Harvard Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Astu, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, and starring Dr. Mohan Agashe, focuses on a retired Sanskrit professor who suffers from Alzheimer’s and goes missing while travelling with his daughter.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr. Mohan Agashe, actor, psychiatrist, and consultant in mental health
Professor Arthur Kleinman, Director of the Harvard Asia Center; Professor of Anthropology, Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology
Professor Diana Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard University
Dr. Ruth Barron, Cambridge Health Alliance and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Cosponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center
What is the role of the Ephemeral City in the broader discussion about urbanism globally? Professor Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planing and Design (GSD), will moderate a conversation across disciplines about ephemerality in the landscapes of South Asian and Latin American cities. The panel will feature Harvard scholars Felipe Hernandez (GSD), Marianne Potvin (FAS), and Luis Valenzuela (GSD).
This panel is part of the exhibition The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America.
This event was originally scheduled for February 2015.
Cosponsored with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Arts Initiative and Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Rohail Hyatt, Producer, Coke Studio; actor; film composer; rock music artist; and keyboardist
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, Harvard University
Hyatt will discuss the laws of nature in contrast to the current state of global music standards. Like genetically altered food, our sense of what is considered ‘musical’ seems to have been altered too. In the eastern world, music is considered to be the ‘food for the soul’. Do we know what are we feeding our souls lately? Has organic music completely died, or will there be a resurgence in this field as in the case of the food industry?
Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
SAI Global Health Event
Thomas Vallely, Senior Advisor, Mainland Southeast Asia, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Dr. Cynthia Maung, Director, Mae Tao Clinic, Thai-Burmese Border
Dr. Parveen K. Parmar, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Community Partners International
Phyu Phyu Saan, Senior Researcher, Global Justice Center, New York
Chair: Arthur Kleinman, Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Asia Center
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.
The Harvard India Student Group will be hosting a small group discussion with Mr. Ramesh at Harvard Business School, Spangler Grille Game Room from 4:30-6pm. For more info, join the Facebook event.
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.