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 Venue Information



CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University


1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138





Events at this Venue


Tue, April 17, 2018 from 05:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Visiting Artists Seminar: Revelations: Reclaiming South Asian Narratives

SAI Visiting Artists: Rajyashri Goody, Faiham Ebna Sharif, Kabi Raj Lama, Imran Channa 

Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Department of History of Art and Architecture

What does a relationship between memory and history of Partition look like? How does one represent the negative space between conflictual concepts and interlinked stories, be they memory-history, labor-exploitation, trauma-healing, and imperialism-resistance?

This exhibition brings together works by four South Asian artists that unravel challenging social issues that often fall outside of the limelight. It explores possibilities that lie in making traditionally invisible stories and narratives visible, from tea garden workers in Bangladesh; personal accounts of trauma and healing after disasters in Nepal; Dalit resistance in India; and the fallibility of memory during the Partition in Pakistan.

 

There will be a reception from 5-6 PM in CGIS South Concourse, prior to the seminar.

The exhibition will run from April 16 – May 10.

Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center

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Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 05:00pm

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Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Mon, April 9, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Arts at SAI: Dastangoi Performance by Ankit Chadha

Performance by Ankit Chadha

Chair: Hajnalka KovacsPreceptor in Hindi and Urdu, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, developed in 8th century CE around the adventures of an Arab hero, Amir Hamza. These stories became very popular in 19th century North India. With the demise of the last known exponent of the art form in 1928, Mir Baqar Ali, the form also died with him. The modern revival has seen not just the performance of the traditional stories from the Hamza dastan, but also the adaptations of more local and contemporary themes. Ankit Chadha, a writer and storyteller, has been a practitioner of Dastangoi since 2010. His writing varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir, Rahim, Dara Shikoh and Majaaz to modern folk tales on corporate culture, internet and mobile technology. Ankit also has works for young audiences and has worked on Urdu adaptations of children’s classics; including Alice and The Little Prince. He is the author of the award-winning book for children, My Gandhi Story, and the recently released, Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles. 

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center. Co-sponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies. 

START
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Mon, April 2, 2018 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Reporting on Asia: A Discussion with Four Nieman Fellows

Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor and Co-Founder of Rappler, Philippines social news network

Shalini Singh, Features Reporter, New Delhi, India; former reporter for The Week and the Hindustan Times; founding trustee at the People’s Archive of Rural India

Bonny Symons-Brown, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; former TV news anchor, Jakarta, Indonesia

Edward Wong, The New York Times; former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief and Iraq correspondent 

Chair: Professor Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse; CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute

START
Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:15pm

END
Mon, Apr 2, 2018

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Thu, November 30, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Sonal Khullar: Southern Lights: Art History and Postcolonial Modernism

Sonal Khullar explores decolonizing museum practices in the display of South Asian Art, using the 2017 Documenta exhibition of Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil as a case study.

At Documenta in 2017, the work of Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) was exhibited alongside that of American filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961), presumably to highlight affinities in their feminism, primitivism, and cosmopolitanism. This talk considers the proposal and provocation of this comparison, and its implications for art history and museum practice. How do we narrate a postcolonial modernism that extended across empires and nations? Using Octavio Paz’s In Light of India (Vislumbres de la India, 1995), a memoir of his time in India and a meditation on South-South relations, Sonal Khullar offers a critical account of postcoloniality in the visual arts that departs from recent attempts to locate postcolonial modernism within histories of the nation-state, World Wars, decolonization, and political developments such as the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Non-Aligned Movement.

START
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Thu, November 30, 2017 at 04:15pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Asia Responds to Trump in Asia

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

ASIA RESPONDS TO TRUMP IN ASIA

Chair:  Karen Thornber, Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Moderator: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

Ronak Desai, Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, India and South Asia Program, Harvard Kennedy School

William  Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Director, Harvard China Fund

Sophie Lemière, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University; Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Tae Gyun Park, Kim Koo Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Professor of Modern Korean History, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Podcast of Panel

Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Reischauer Institute, U.S.-Japan Program, and Weatherhead Center for International Studies

START
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 04:15pm

END
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Fri, November 10, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Outer Beauty and Inner Silence

David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University

CHAIRS: Parmil G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University; Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This lecture will offer readings from one extraordinary section of the Tamil text, Kampaṉ’s twelfth-century Irāmāvatāram, the Cittirakūṭap paṭalam, when the heroes enter into their new home in the wilderness. The question to be addressed is: what is the poet telling us about this tensile moment, and, above all, what has he left unsaid?

START
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Tue, October 31, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Nostalgia for the Future

The collaboration between Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar emerges from the intersection of their respective disciplines – architecture and documentary film. The film opens these disciplines to self-critique and looks at the way that they imagine and construct a nation and its citizen.

Avijit Mukul, Filmmaker
Rohan Shivkumar, Architect

Chair: Rahul Mehrotra
Professor Of Urban Design And Planning,
Harvard Graduate School Of Design

START
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Thu, September 21, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Qissebaazi: A Multilingual Storytelling Orbit Directed by Danish Husain

Danish Husain is a poet, actor, filmmaker and theatre director – he is one of the people who have helped revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi, and is a columnist with India Today’s opinion website Daily O.

Chair: Ali Asani
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

Qissebaazi expands and builds upon traditional storytelling. A multilingual platform with multiple performers, it is theatrical in presentation but still, distinctively, storytelling.

A Harvard South Asia Institute Muslim Societies in South Asia Series

START
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 05:30pm

COST: Free

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138