CGIS South, S030
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India, as well as the launch of Harvard’s South Asia Institute’s major research on Partition. Panelists Rahul Mehrotra(Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University), Tarun Khanna (Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School), Karim R. Lakhani (Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School) and Jennifer Leaning (François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University) discuss 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.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 04:00pm
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 07:00pm
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor,
Government College University; Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies,
National University of Singapore
François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights
Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
In this talk, Ahmed will speak about the communal violence experienced during the transfer of power to Indian and Pakistani governments, specifically examining the situation which prevailed in the Punjab. Ahmed will present an analysis based on empirical evidence and a Theory of Ethnic Cleansing to shed light on how and why the Punjab was bloodied (March 1947), partitioned (End of March to 17 August 1947) and cleansed.
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 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.
Reception 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 the Harvard Asia Center
Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.
Paribartana Mohanty, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program
Chair: Namita Dharia, Lecturer in Anthropology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The lecture-performance is part of Mohanty’s larger project ‘Act the Victim’ that engages with the images of crisis circulating on social media. It is based on a video excerpt of TV interview of Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, that went viral on social media just before the 2014 General Elections in India. ‘Great Eternal Return’ will deal with the plethora of anonymous and mysterious images circulating on social media landscape, and traveling across geographical boundaries, contesting meanings and proposing misreadings. It will on one level study the shifting values of these obsessively parasitic images: their displacement, associations, propagandas, and investigate the processes of their creation and resurrection elsewhere. On the other hand, it will attempt to comprehend our encounters with these temporal images that continuously replace each other in an itinerant loop and become part of our collective memory, occupy our everyday conversations, public sphere, and our dreams.
Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI!
- Meet SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty
- Learn about student funding opportunities
- Hear what’s happening at SAI
- Enjoy delicious South Asian food
This event is for Harvard affiliates – please be prepared to show your Harvard ID.
If you are interested in representing your South Asia focused student group at this event, please email us at email@example.com.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Chair: Dr. Naseem Hines
Cosponsored with the Harvard Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program and Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF) Literary Circle
Schedule and Speakers:
First Session: 2:30 pm -3:30 pm
Opening Remarks: Dr Naseem Hines
Intizar Hussain: Contemporary World Class Urdu Fiction
Dr Razia Mushkoor
The Worldview of Intizar Hussain
Dr Agha Saeed
Best of Intizar Hussain by Intizar Hussain – Video / Skype
Second Session: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Urdu Poetry – 1: 3:30 pm-4:00 pm
Habib Jalib: The Poet of Many Epochs
Nazir Qaiser, Hafizullah Khan Niazi
The Best of Habib Jalib
Rendition by Tahira Habib Jalib – Skype
Urdu Poetry – 2: 4:00 pm -4:30 pm
Nazir Qaiser: The Aesthetic Poet of Contemporary Pakistan
Hafizullah Khan Niazi
Aesthetic Inheritor of Munir Niazi and Nasir Kazmi
Dr. Agha Saeed
Best of Nazir Qaiser by Nazir Qaiser
Third Session: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Social Ethics of Dr Yaqub Mirza
Dr Agha Saeed
Essentials of “The Five Pillars of Prosperity”
Dr Yaqub Mirza
SAI and MIT-India present: Lecture Series: South Asia and Its Diasporas
Samip Mallick, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive
Pawan Dhingra, Founding Curator of the Smithsonian Institution exhibition: Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Professor and Director, Department of Sociology, Tufts University
Moderated by Vivek Bald, 2014-15 Harvard University Charles Warren Center Fellow Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies & Writing, MIT
Samip Mallick, co-founder and director of the first extensive public digital archive documenting the stories and histories of South Asians in the United States, and Pawan Dhingra, founding curator of the first large-scale national exhibition devoted to the lives and pasts of Indian Americans, will discuss the goals, approaches, challenges, and reception of their respective initiatives at a moment in which South Asians have reached a new level of presence in the U.S.
Co-sponsored by: Charles Warren Center Seminar on Multimedia History & Literature
This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia during Winter Session 2015, and will include travel tips and logistics, health and safety information, cultural introduction, and will provide an opportunity to meet other students who will be in the region. Food will be served!
All Harvard Students traveling to South Asia in Winter Session are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from 2014 SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.
For more details on SAI grants, click here.