CGIS South, S153
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
In India, dissatisfaction within education and accusations of corruption have led to calls for transparency and new policies for handling teacher transfers.
Tara Béteille, Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank, will present important recommendations, based on her research, across nine states in India, into teacher recruitment and transfer practices in government schools.
A book talk with Aman Hingorani
Chair: Ashutosh Varshney
“Unravelling the Kashmir Knot” delves into the questions entangled in the Kashmir issue: Do the rules that created Pakistan make Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) a part of India? Is the routing of the China-Pakistan economic corridor through J&K legal? How did J&K become a “disputed territory”?
Chair: Richard Cash
Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population,
T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.
Engaging with a wide circuit of references like religious iconography, world mythology, philosophical and literature, Seema weaves together a story to recover the lost feminine narrative in cultural history in her work. Appropriating ancient Indian iconography and philosophy, she chronicles ancient myths and mythological figures to explore the relationship of the self with the spiritual cosmos.
A South Asia Institute Urbanization Seminar Series:
“Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development”
Author; Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning
and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
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.
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
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
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.
An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.
Cosponsored with the Asia Center
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Soledad Prillaman, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI
Discussant: Zeynep Pamuk, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, Harvard University
In India there persists a striking gender gap in political participation and representation, despite several decades of targeted policy interventions. Women’s political participation is important not only on normative grounds of inclusion, but because we know that when women do participate, politics changes. Prillaman presents a theoretical model of political behavior in rural India which argues that women’s lack of political participation is the result of coordinated political behavior in the household. Prillaman then argues and shows that women’s access to networks of other women is one channel through which we can see a shift towards a gender-inclusive equilibrium, even when resource allocations, social norms, and household dynamics would suggest otherwise.
Komal Shahid Khan, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Arts Program
Chair: Susan S. Bean, Chair, Art & Archaeology Center, American Institute of Indian Studies; Board Member, Textile Society of America; Associate, Peabody Museum, Harvard University; Senior Curator for South Asian and Korean Art. Peabody Essex Museum
Starting with an introduction and practices which lead to her specialization in Miniature painting, Khan will discuss how her work evolved over time, from traditional to conceptual and experimental. She will be talking about her Projects/ Series of Paintings, including: ‘Riddle, I call Life’ (2014), ‘Revelation’ (2015), ‘Aura’ (2015), ‘Her’ (2016), and ‘Imagined Immortals’ (2016).
She will show each painting briefly, commenting on individuals, society and the understanding of consciousness and unconsciousness and how her recent work is based upon what she calls “poetics of masquerade’’ in which the painted narratives are timeless and familiar.
Khan is a Visual Artist, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She graduated from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 2012 and then did her Master in Fine Arts from Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, Pakistan with specialization in Miniature Painting. On completing the degree in 2014, she scored Distinction and was awarded Gold Medal for herb Thesis Show in 2014. Since graduating, she started her career with Group Shows in art galleries in Islamabad/Rawalpindi and then moved on to Lahore and Karachi as well. She is presently teaching at the National College of Arts Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as a Lecturer. October, 2016 marks her First Solo Exhibition entitled as “Imagined Immortals” in Karachi, Pakistan.
Lunch will be served.
The South Asia Institute Visiting Artist Program hosts emerging artists at Harvard to engage with faculty, students, and the Harvard community.