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Affective Bodies - Performative Cultures and Aesthetic Practices: A Round Table with Photo and Visual Artist, Pushpamala N.
Panel Discussion | April 3 | 6-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities (220 Stephens Hall)
Pushpamala N., Photo and Visual Artist
Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, History of Art Department; Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, Departments of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Allan deSouza, Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice
A round table on the aesthetics of the body.
Special Event | April 4 | 6-10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Performances include: Qawwali, poetry recitation, song and dance, bhangra, live band, and many, many more! Delicious Pakistani cuisine is also included!
$17 Early Bird, $20 At the Door
Tickets are $17 prior to the event. Ticket prices will go up near the date of event and at the door ($20), and tickets will likely sell out so reserve your seats today. Tickets go on sale March 3. Buy tickets online.
Experimental Populations | Universal Life: Rethinking 20th-century Medicine, Public Health, and the Relation of Economy to Experiment in South Asia and beyond
Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Michelle Murphy, Professor of History and of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Projit B Mukharji, Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History, UC Berkeley
Ian Whitmarsh, Associate Professor and Director of the Medical Anthropology Ph.D. Program, UCSF School of Medicine
Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Nivedita Menon, Professor of Political Thought, Jawaharlal Nehru University
A conference on 20th-century transformations of economics, public health, and tropical medicine in India, Bangladesh, and South Africa
Lecture | April 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of the Parliament of India, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, Former United Nations Undersecretary General
Dr. Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and writer who has twice been elected Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was previously Minister of State in the Government of India for External Affairs (20092010) and Human Resource Development (20122014). He is a member of the Indian National Congress and served as an official spokesperson for the party from January... More >
Lecture | April 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Ambassador Shyam Saran, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, National Security Council
Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1970, Ambassador Shyam Saran has served in several capitals of the world including Beijing, Tokyo and Geneva. He has been Indias Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and High Commissioner to Mauritius.
Performing Arts - Theater | April 9 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)
Maya Krishna Rao
Maya Krishna Rao has been producing work as a dance and theater artist, director, writer, educator and activist in India for the past 30 years. She combines many years of intensive Kathakali practice with burlesque, political cabaret, street theater and cross-media tactics to create solo pieces critically engaging current socio-political issues in New Delhi, India. For her extensive body of... More >
Women's Rights to Land and the Challenge of the Commons: Lecture by the 2015 Indo-American Community Lecturer, Dr. Nivedita Menon
Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities (220 Stephens Hall)
Lecture by noted feminist writer, author, and professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Nivedita Menon.
Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka), the City of the Buddhist Sangha?: Examination of its Legitimacy and Authority as a Royal Capital
Lecture | April 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Osmund Bopearachchi, Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, and the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley
Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley
Talk by Osmund Bopearachchi, Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, and currently the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley.
Private Wealth, The State And Popular Reaction: Parallels And Contrasts Between Contemporary India And The US Gilded Age
Lecture | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Michael Walton, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Michael Walton is Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He was V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for 2008 and 2009.
Film - Documentary | April 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 110
Darren Zook, Lecturer: International & Area Studies; Political Science
Roxanna Altholz, Associate Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic
Jeanne Marecek, Past President, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and Professor Emerita of Psychology, Swarthmore College
Krishanti Dharmaraj, CEO of the Dignity Index Group and former Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA
A film on the final months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war
Abd al-Jalil Bilgrami's Ode to a Troubled Marriage: On Poetry and Politics in the Late Mughal Empire
Lecture | April 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley
A talk by Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley
Lecture | April 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 10 Evans Hall
Anshuman Tiwari, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley's School of Public Policy; Vivek Srinivasan, Project Manager, Liberation Technology Program, Stanford University
A conversation on Prime Minister Narendra Modis actions and goals in India featuring Anshuman Tiwari, graduate student at UC Berkeley's School of Public Policy, and Vivek Srinivasan from Stanford University, project manager of the Liberation Technology Program.
Lecture | April 24 | 3-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Anand Pandian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South and Southeast Asian Studies and Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies
Blake Wentworth, Assistant Professor of Tamil Studies
Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History
A talk by Anand Pandian on his new book on the life of Pandian's 95-year-old grandfather Ayya.
Fear and Belonging - The Specter of Violence in Aligarh, 1947: Lecture by the 2015 S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize Winner, Dr. Amber H. Abbas
Lecture | April 25 | 3-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, The Townsend Center (220 Stephens Hall)
Amber H. Abbas, Assistant Professor, Department of History, St. Joseph’s University
Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History
A lecture by the first S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies winner, Dr. Amber H. Abbas
Lecture | April 30 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Heidi Kaspar, Lecturer, Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland
A talk by Heidi Kaspar, Lecturer, Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Attiya Ahmad on Housetalk and Everyday Conversions: South Asian Domestic Workers' Newfound Islamic Pieties in the Greater Arabian Peninsula
Lecture | April 30 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Prof. Attiya Ahmad, Dept. of Anthropology, George Washington University
Over the past twenty years, tens of thousand of migrant domestic workers in the Greater Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf region have taken shehadeh, the Islamic testament of faith. A widespread phenomenon, these religious conversions have generated a great deal of debate centering on one question: why? Some argue domestic workers convert in order to wrest better remuneration and treatment from... More >
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