Asia Center Seminar Series
Professor Jie Li, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Discussant, Professor Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, Korea Insitute, Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Insitute, and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:15pm
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 02:00pm
Come hear about SAI Student Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, and the
Seed For Change 2018 Competition while enjoying some delicious South Asian food.
Winter 2017: October 15, 2017
Seed for Change 2018: Letter of Intent by December 8, 2017
Summer 2018: February 15, 2018
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 04:00pm
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 05:00pm
A book talk on India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971
Dr. Arjun Subramaniam, Asia Center Fellow; former Faculty Member, National Defence College, New Delhi; retired Air Vice Marshal, Indian Air Force
Chair/Discussant: Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
An Asia Center Fellows Seminar; co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute, Harvard University
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 12:15pm
Fri, Sep 22, 2017
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Gregory Clines, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI
Discussant: Catherine Hartmann, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion
The fifteenth-century author Brahma Jinadāsa, a member of the Digambara Balatkāra Gaṇa, is credited with composing over eighty works in both Sanskrit and Old Gujarati. One of those compositions was the Padmapurāṇa, a Jain version of the story of Rāma composed in Sanskrit. In the introduction to the work, Jinadāsa acknowledges that his Padmapurāṇa is based off of the acclaimed poet Raviṣeṇa’s seventh-century work of the same name. This talk examines the relationship between the two works, analyzing the literary changes that Jinadāsa makes to his precursor’s text and the social implications of those changes.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 04:00pm
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 05:30pm
*Please not the change in start time.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Ankit Chadha, Storyteller / Author
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, developed in eighth century A.D. around the adventures of an Arab hero, Amir Hamza. These stories became very popular in the 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.
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 04:30pm
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 06:00pm
Social Enterprise Seminar
Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS
Chair: Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
South Asia is one of the most disaster prone regions of the world. It is also a region undergoing deep economic and political transition. As a result of global changes in the way humanitarian aid is viewed, as well as local imperatives, the principals and processes shaping the delivery of humanitarian aid in the region have been undergoing significant changes. What remains constant is the dire needs of the worst affected communities, though the way they themselves are viewed is also changing. Professionals engaged in this sector need to chart their course carefully, without losing sight of the little things that matter.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 04:00pm
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 05:30pm