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William James Hall, 1550


33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA





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Wed, April 26, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Archive Making and Archival Silences in Mughal Punjab

Cosponsored Event

Speaker:

Purnima Dhavan,  Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor in History at University of Washington

Moderators:
Sunil Sharma, Professor of Persian & Indian Literatures at Boston University
Neelam Khoja, Ph.D. Candidate Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies at Harvard University

Lahore, the major urban hub and occasional seasonal capital of the Mughal Empire, has a well-documented history of Persian literary production. The historical roots of a local literary vernacular, and in particular Punjabi, is far less documented and somewhat opaque. Written in several scripts and never fully formalized into a regular orthography and grammar during this early period, Punjabi had a robust presence in every day settings, yet has left a slender archival presence. In this paper, I will contrast a well-known cluster of Persian scholars from seventeen-century Punjab with less familiar regional networks to demonstrate how Persian learning and literacy had intimate but complicated connections with Punjabi literary culture. Both archival presence and silence hint at more fruitful ways of thinking about the literary practices of Punjabi scholarly communities as well as the circulation of their efforts in overlapping circles.

Organized by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop 
Co-Sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute 

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

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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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Mon, February 24, 2014 from 04:15pm - 05:45pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Dharna and the Discretionary State: The Construction of the Political and Genealogies of Democracy in Contemporary India

South Asia Without Border Seminar

Lisa Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Harvard Political Anthropology Department 

START
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 04:15pm

END
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 05:45pm

VENUE
William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

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Mon, November 4, 2013 from 4:15pm - 05:45pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Transcendent Territory and Portable Deities: Mobility and the Problem of Indigeneity between Nepal and India

South Asia Without Borders
Sara Shneiderman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & South Asian Studies, Yale University
Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Political Anthropology Working Group

 

START
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:15pm

END
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 05:45pm

VENUE
William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

110413
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