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Wed, February 8, 2017 from 05:30pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Historical and Humanitarian Consequences of Migration

The seminar will take place in CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

Partition Seminar

Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

The seminar will explore the story of the mass migration of Hindus/Sikhs and Muslims from Pakistan and India respectively into the other country and the resulting humanitarian crisis. Professor Leaning will analyze: the Boundary Commission’s work, the patterns of migration, and unprecedented sectarian violence, including massacres, physical violence, and destruction of property. Leaning will also consider ethics and mechanics of care provided as part of immediate relief. Special attention will be focused on the role played by the main players during and after Partition, including the key political parties and individuals. Erum Sattar, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School, will provide insights into how water issues relate to Partition.

Light refreshments will be served.

From 5 to 5:30, we will be hosting a group discussion about the SAI initiative to create an accessible archive to digitize the stories, records, and reflections of Partition in crowd proportions. The goal is to create an online community inviting personal and shared memories of Partition to preserve the realities experienced and enrich the historical knowledge of the event. All are welcome to attend the discussion.

Seminar resources.

This series, part of the SAI research project ‘Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India – Implications of Mass Dislocations Across Geographies’ will explore issues that have often been ignored in the context of the Partition as well as discuss their relevance and impact today, both in South Asia and in other parts of the world. Through two-hour seminars spread over eight sessions, faculty, students, and community members will be brought together to explore the various facets of this complex historic event.

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Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 05:30pm

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Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Wed, February 1, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

History and Context of the Partition

Partition Seminar

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

Professor Amrith will give a broad overview of South Asian political history, including a history of British colonial rule in South Asia, the place of South Asia within the empire, and specifically governance policies and systemic factors that contributed to the Partition. The seminar will cover seminal events such as the 1857 Rebellion, development of canal colonies in Punjab, and the 1905 Partition of Bengal. The seminar will contribute to understanding the independence movement and politics both internal and external (World War II, Quit India Movement, 1946 Riots) that culminated in the independence and creation of India and a bifurcated Pakistan.

Light refreshments will be served.

Seminar resources.

This series, part of the SAI research project ‘Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India – Implications of Mass Dislocations Across Geographies’ will explore issues that have often been ignored in the context of the Partition as well as discuss their relevance and impact today, both in South Asia and in other parts of the world. Through two-hour seminars spread over eight sessions, faculty, students, and community members will be brought together to explore the various facets of this complex historic event.

Following this seminar, we are hosting a Focus Group Discussion from 7 – 7:30 about the project. All are welcome.

See a full list of Partition seminars.

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Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Wed, February 1, 2017 from 07:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Partition Project: Focus Group Discussion

Special Event

About the group discussion:

Please join us after the Seminar Series event for a brief group discussion to share reflections on the presentation. The newest initiative, the 1947 Partition Stories ‘Looking Back’ project, is a collaborative effort to extend the lessons from Partition into today. Our goal is to reflect on how the consequences of Partition have manifested and extend these questions into the future. We will be welcoming any thoughts and direction from the group.

About the crowd sourcing project:

The project is part of an initiative to create an accessible archive to digitize the stories, records, and reflections of the 1947 Partition of British India in crowd proportions. Our goal is to create an online community inviting personal and shared memories of Partition to preserve the realities experienced and enrich the historical knowledge of the event. We aim to use the history shared in this community to tell the true story of the societal effects of the largest migration in history.

This group discussion will take place directly after the Partition Seminar on Feb. 1. Attendance of the seminar is not required.

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Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 07:00pm

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Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Mon, November 7, 2016 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Research Methods Talk: Using Corpus Analysis to Study Media Discourse: Comparing Discussions of Islamic Marriage Reform in India and Pakistan

Cosponsored Event

Sharon Tai, Research Editor, SHARIAsource

Ali Hashmi, MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate (2015-2016) and SHARIAsource Editor/Data Scientist

Osama Siddique, Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Harvard Law School, Law and Policy Research Network

This talk focuses on using corpus analysis as a research method. Media discourse on legislative issues provides a rich source for deriving research questions. This talk asks for feedback on the development of a new corpus analysis tool that is being used to analyze and compare how contemporary media in India and Pakistan is shaping discourse about issues of marriage reform and Islamic law. The tool uses source corpora from Media Cloud, which is a collaborative project between the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Civic Media at MIT. Osama Siddique, Harvard Law School, will be a respondent to the panel by giving feedback on how the tool could be used, improved, and further developed from his experience as a scholar, lawyer, and social scientist.

Cosponsored with ILSP: SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School

Light refreshments will be provided

*Please note the change in location.

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Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

1107 ILSP SeminarUPDATE
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Mon, October 17, 2016 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Urbanization in South Asia: Conversations from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Urbanization Seminar

Dr. A Ravindra, Chairman, Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore

Adnan Morshed, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America 

Mubbashir RizviAssistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Georgetown University

Chair: Sai BalakrishnanAssistant Professor in Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

This panel brings together three urban scholars and practitioners from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and it deals with the contemporary challenges facing rapid urbanization in South Asia. This panel presents a unique opportunity to have a cross-cutting conversation across South Asian countries to both situate their planning experiences in their specific contexts, but to also ask if there are any commonalities about the South Asian urban experience. It is also a chance to learn about design and planning practices from across neighboring boundaries.

 

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Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 06:30pm

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Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

1006 Urbanization
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Thu, March 31, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

How $100 Smartphones are Transforming the Government in Pakistan

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Umar Saif, Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB); Vice Chancellor, ITU

Chair: Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Pakistan is the 6th largest country in the world by population. Over half of the population lives below $2 poverty line; 40% of the adult population is unable to read or write; 30% lack access to clean drinking water; 85% of the world’s polio cases are from Pakistan. At the same time, with over 137 Million cellphone users in Pakistan, almost every household has a cellphone; Pakistani’s sent over 320 Billion SMS last year; you can buy a smartphone for less than $50 in Pakistan.

In this talk, Saif will present a number of smartphone-based systems his team has developed to monitor government work, improve civic services and collect citizen feedback in Pakistan. This talk will explain how they used smartphones to track and contain a Dengue epidemic, identify crime hotspots, measure teacher presence and monitor visits of rural doctors. Saif will specifically talk about an innovative vaccinator tracking application that has totally transformed the vaccination program in Pakistan to eradicate Polio.

Prof. Umar Saif works as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), heading all public-sector IT projects in Punjab. He is also the founding Vice Chancellor of ITU, a newly setup research university in Lahore. Prof. Saif received his PhD in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was named as one of the top 35 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) in 2011 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He received a Google Faculty Research award in 2011. In 2014, Prof. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2015 and 2016.

Cosponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group

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Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

0331 Saif
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Fri, March 4, 2016 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Voters and Foreign Policy: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Pakistan

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Christopher ClaryPostdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

In traditional surveys in Pakistan, the vast majority of respondents identify India as an enemy and a serious threat to Pakistan. Do these beliefs affect voter choices? In a novel survey experiment, we find that voters punish politicians who advocate a friendly policy toward India, but only modestly. Candidate attitudes toward India were the least meaningful characteristic for voter choice among five characteristics tested.

Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Reception to follow.

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Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Christopher Clary
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Fri, November 13, 2015 at 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Other One Percent: Indians in America

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Devesh Kapur, Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India, Professor of Political Science, Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania 

Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Devesh Kapur was appointed Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India in 2006. He is Professor of Political Science at Penn, and holds the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India. Prior to arriving at Penn, Professor Kapur was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India.

His book, Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India on India , published by Princeton University Press in August 2010, earned him the 2012 ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of International Studies Association) Distinguished Book Award. His latest book, Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs(co-authored with D. Shyam Babu and Chandra Bhan Prasad), was published in July 2014 by Random House India. Professor Kapur is the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize awarded to the best junior faculty, Harvard College, in 2005. He is a monthly contributor to the Business Standard. Professor Kapur holds a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University; an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota; and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Reception to follow.

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Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Kapur@Harvard (NEW)
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Mon, November 9, 2015 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Capitals of Postcolonial Pakistan: Urbanism as a discourse of Territorial Selfhood

Urbanization Seminar

Farhan Karim, Assistant Professor The University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

In the two decades following the creation of Pakistan, the government embarked on a lofty project to establish Muslim nationalism as a two pronged symbol: a binding factor for the country’s culturally different east and west wings and a liberating force for the emerging Third World. A major focus of the project was to establish a new executive capital in West Pakistan—Islamabad (established 1959), and a provincial citadel capital in East Pakistan—Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. These two new capitals were conceived as the backdrop to accommodate the new quintessential democratic institutions: parliament buildings, universities, education training centers and polytechnic institutes. However, Pakistan’s shortage of architects and urban planners, in tandem with the country’s martial government’s Cold War leaning towards the Unite States, eventually compelled the government to seek technical assistance from USAID and the Ford Foundation, and commissioned Constantine Doxiadis and Louis Kahn to design Islamabad and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar respectively. The main challenge in designing the two capitals, though they varied significantly in scale, was to establish the new urban setting as the spatial means to manifest and foster a sense of postcolonial selfhood, Muslim nationalism, citizenship, and economic developmentalism. The other concurrent urban design projects in Pakistan, such as Korangi located southeast of Karachi and the largest slum clearance and urban rehabilitation project of its time, complemented the efforts of establishing new capitals by promoting urban space as an apparatus or a spatial armature to transform the placeless and stateless Muslim selfhood into legitimate citizens. Through a critical discussion of different urban design aspects of these two capitals the proposed talk will show that the discursive formation of urban design in postcolonial Pakistan was entangled with the newly anointed citizenship, territoriality and the idea of a composite Muslim self. Urban design was deployed as a metaphor, if not a means to display and exercise the new Pakistani government’s authoritative power, that symbolizes the aspiration of postcolonial identity and selfhood in a complex way.

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Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 06:30pm

END
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

1109 karim
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