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Mission

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events


Thu, September 10, 2015 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Clothes to Die For

Film Screening and Discussion

Zara Hayes, Director

Ruth BarronAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Chair: Jennifer LeaningFrançois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh is the worst industrial disaster of the 21st century, in which over 1100 people died and thousands more were injured. Through a series of compelling interviews with survivors of the tragedy, this moving film gives a voice to those directly affected.

www.clothestodieforfilm.com

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VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Thu, September 17, 2015 from 04:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Welcome Back Chaat Party

Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI!

  • Enjoy delicious food from all over South Asia.
  • Meet representatives from student groups across Harvard that focus on South Asia.
  • Learn about SAI’s internship and funding opportunities.

If you are interested in representing your South Asia focused student group at this event, please email us at sainit@fas.harvard.edu.

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Tue, September 22, 2015 from 04:00pm - 06:15pm  /  CGIS South, S010

Rahul Roy Film Festival: When Four Friends Meet & Majma

Film Screening and Gender Seminar

Bunty, Kamal, Sanjay and Sanju, best of friends and residents of Jehangirpuri, a working class colony on the outskirts of Delhi are young and trying to make their lives in an environment which is changing rapidly… girls seem to be very bold… stable jobs are not easy to come by… sex is a strange mix of guilt and pleasure… families are claustrophobic… and the blur of television the only sounding board…

The documentary (When Four Friends, 43 min, 2000, Majma, 54 min, 2001) is part of a South Asia based project under which four films have been made in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal exploring masculinities.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies

Wednesday, September 23: Screening of The City Beautiful 

Thursday, September 24Till We Meet Again Screening & Panel Discussion on Masculinity and Gender Violence in India

Friday, September 25: The Factory screening and  Q & A with Rahul Roy

 

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Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 06:15pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Wed, September 23, 2015 at 04:00pm

Rahul Roy Film Festival: The City Beautiful

Film Screening and Discussion

Sunder Nagri (Beautiful City) is a small working class colony on the margins of India’s capital city, Delhi. Most families residing here come from a community of weavers. The last ten years have seen a gradual disintegration of the handloom tradition of this community under the globalisation regime. Families have to cope with change as well as reinvent themselves to eke out a living. The City Beautiful (78 min, 2003) is the story of two families struggling to make sense of a world, which keeps pushing them to the margins.

Tuesday, September 22: Screening of When Four Friends Meet & Majma

Thursday, September 24Till We Meet Again Screening & Panel Discussion on Masculinity and Gender Violence in India

Friday, September 25: The Factory screening and  Q & A with Rahul Roy

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Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Thu, September 24, 2015 from 04:00pm - 06:30pm  /  Yenching Auditorium

Rahul Roy Film Festival: Till We Meet Again Screening & Panel Discussion on Masculinity and Gender Violence in South Asia

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Geeta Aiyer, Founder, Direct Action for Women Now Worldwide (DAWN)

Elora Halim Chowdhury, Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, U-Mass Boston

Beena Sarwar, Editor, Aman ki Asha, Jang Group Pakistan; former Nieman Fellow and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Rahul RoyDirector

Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

In 1999 the film, When four friends meet, ends with the promise that the four young men who are the main protagonists of the film and the director will meet again in ten years. They do meet again in 2012 and the world seems to have changed in the years that have gone by. The four friends are now married, have children and entirely new ideas like the share market have made an entry into what was a working class resettlement area of Delhi. The documentary (90 min, 2013) explores through the everyday of four men the experience of a changing Delhi and how it intersects with their marriage, children, families and work. The documentary criss-crosses between 1998 and 2012 to set up a story that spans more than a decade and brings us up close to the unpredictability of life as well as continuities that belie any simple answers to the idea of the city, its working populations, change and men.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Screening of When Four Friends Meet & Majma

Wednesday, September 23: Screening of The City Beautiful 

Friday, September 25: The Factory screening and  Q & A with Rahul Roy

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies

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Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Yenching Auditorium

ADDRESS
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, September 25, 2015 from 04:00pm - 07:00pm

Rahul Roy Film Festival: The Factory & Q and A with Rahul Roy

Film Screening and Discussion

Rahul Roy, Director

Chair: Shankar RamaswamiLecturer on South Asian Studies, Harvard University

147 workers of India’s largest automobile manufacturing company Maruti Suzuki are on trial for the murder of a senior manager and 2500 workers dismissed. It has been two and a half years and the case drags on. Their bail application has been rejected by the courts. On each hearing they are led to the courtroom by the police while families line up to catch a glimpse. Defence lawyers plan their strategy in the court canteen. Justice seems a dim hope. The film (120 min, 2015) follows the fate of the under trial workers, families and terminated workers to investigate the underbelly of industrial conflict and the elusive nature of justice.

Tuesday, September 22: Screening of When Four Friends Meet & Majma

Wednesday, September 23: Screening of The City Beautiful 

Thursday, September 24Till We Meet Again Screening & Panel Discussion on Masculinity and Gender Violence in India

 

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Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 07:00pm

Announcements


Harvard For Nepal

Harvard for Nepal is a university-wide initiative that aims to unite Harvard in response to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.

    Lessons from and for Nepal

    On May 14, SAI hosted panel discussions featuring faculty from Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and Brown on lessons for Nepal across a broad spectrum of issues, including public health, water and sanitation, reconstruction of heritage sites, and equity in humanitarian efforts.