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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Annual Reception

Reception | September 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Institute for South Asia Studies


Please join us for our Annual Reception! Come meet the Center Staff and find out about our upcoming events.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ejaz Hussain | Neither Transition nor Transformation: Hybridization of Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Pakistan

Lecture | September 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


Ejaz Hussain, Independent political and defence analyst

Munis Faruqui, Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative


Talk by Independent political and defense analyst from Pakistan, Ejaz Hussain

Friday, September 15, 2017

An Evening with Mallika Sarabhai - Dance to Change the World: The 6th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Mallika Sarabhai, Activist and Indian classical dancer

Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor in the Department of History, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies


Mallika Sarabhai delivers our 6th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cinephiles, Fandoms, and Global Media Cultures: Indian Cinema from a Transcultural Perspective

Conference/Symposium | October 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


​Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University; Jayson Beaster-Jones, Associate Professor of Music in the Global Arts Studies Program, University of California, Merced; Ajay Gehlawat, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Theatre, and Film, Sonoma State University; Ivy Mills, Lecturer in the History of Art Department, University of California, Berkeley; Rachael Hyland, Ph.D. Student in South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Lailtha Gopalan, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities


This roundtable addresses the transcultural nature of Indian cinema, both past and present. Following the liberalization of India’s economy in the early 1990s, histories of Indian cinema have either focused on the reception of Indian films vis-a-vis cosmopolitan constructions of South Asian diasporic subjectivities or have examined the ways in which an image of the nation has been constructed in...   More >

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Talk by Author, Murzban F Shroff: Title TBD

Lecture | October 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Murzban F Shroff, Author, Towson University

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A evening with Mumbai-based writer, Murzban F. Shroff.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Robert Thurman | Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?: The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Theological Union Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, The Silk Road Initiative at UC Berkeley


A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

David Gilmartin | Pakistan's Creation and the Contested Grand Narratives of 20th Century History: The 5th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


David Gilmartin, Distinguished Professor of History at the Department of History, North Carolina State University

Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture


South Asian Historian, David Gilmartin delivers our fifth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Lecture | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)


Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley) and Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley).

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lecture by Dr. Nandini Sundar, the Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2017: Title TBD

Lecture | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  TBD


Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

Institute for South Asia Studies


Lecture by noted social anthropologist and Professor of Sociology in the Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Nandini Sundar.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series: Chowdhury Center | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)


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


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).



Harjant Gill | On North Indian/Punjabi Masculinities: A Screening followed by Discussion with the Filmmaker

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Harjant S. Gill, Documentary Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Towson University

Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology Graduate advisor, UCB-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society - Disability Studies cluster


A evening with Prof. Harjant S. Gill, an Indian documentary filmmaker who teaches visual anthropology at Towson University. His films explore topics related to gender, sexuality, religion and belonging in India and among Indians in diaspora.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series: Chowdhury Center | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)


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


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series: Chowdhury Center | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)


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


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series: Chowdhury Center | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)


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


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series: Chowdhury Center | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)


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


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).