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Friday, April 3, 2015

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, The San Jose Museum of Art, Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley


A round table on the aesthetics of the body.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lehron ki Awaaz: The 10th Annual Urdu Culture Show

Special Event | April 4 | 6-10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Cal Pakistani Students Association (PAKSA)

Institute for South Asia Studies, Cal Pakistani Students Association (PAKSA)


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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies


A conference on 20th-century transformations of economics, public health, and tropical medicine in India, Bangladesh, and South Africa



The Networked World: How Foreign Policy Is Evolving In The 21st Century

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

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


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 (2009–2010) and Human Resource Development (2012–2014). He is a member of the Indian National Congress and served as an official spokesperson for the party from January...   More >


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sustaining the Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership: Are Their Long Term Perspectives Convergent?

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

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


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 India’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and High Commissioner to Mauritius.

In the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Shyam Saran headed the Economic Division and the Multilateral Economic Division and also...   More >


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kathakali for the Contemporary Performer:: Artist Talk and Workshop with Maya Krishna Rao

Performing Arts - Theater | April 9 | 12:30-2 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)


Maya Krishna Rao

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


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 >


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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)


Nivedita Menon, Professor of Political Thought, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Institute for South Asia Studies, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), India, Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Lecture by noted feminist writer, author, and professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Nivedita Menon.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Group in Buddhist Studies


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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


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.

From 1980-2004, he worked at the World Bank, including extended periods on Indonesia and Zimbabwe, adviser to two Chief Economists, Regional Chief...   More >


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No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Human Rights Center


A film on the final months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History


A talk by Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Modi-fying India: A Discussion on the Future of Development and Education in India

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Asha for Education


A conversation on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ayya's Accounts - A Ledger of Hope in Modern India: A reading by author, Anand Pandian

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Tamil Initiative


A talk by Anand Pandian on his new book on the life of Pandian's 95-year-old grandfather Ayya.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan


A lecture by the first S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies winner, Dr. Amber H. Abbas

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Suction of Patients: The captivating forces of Medical Tourism as they unfold in Delhi

Lecture | April 30 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Heidi Kaspar, Lecturer, Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Institute for South Asia Studies


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

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


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 >