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Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Raka Ray, Professor, Department of Sociology, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, SACHI, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Natya at Berkeley, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance, Asia Society Northern California, Department of Music


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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hindi Diwas (Day) 2017: A Celebration of the Hindi Language

Social Event | September 16 | 2:30-5 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)


Pranjali Sirasao, Lecturer, Hindi, Department of South and Southeast Asian Languages

Consulate General of India in San Francisco, Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A fun filled afternoon to celebrate the beauty of Hindi Language through poetry, music and student/community performances and poetry recitals.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Creative Arts in Bangladesh: An Evening with Anisul Hoque

Reading - Nonfiction: Chowdhury Center | September 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Anisul Hoque, Writer, poet, playwright, and columnist

Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

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


An evening with writer, poet, playwright, and columnist from Bangladesh, Anisul Hoque.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Arundhathi Subramaniam | When God is a Traveller: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Lecture | September 21 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Arundhathi Subramaniam, Poet

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature

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


A talk by award-winning poet and writer on spirituality and culture, Arundhathi Subramaniam.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative


Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Monday, October 2, 2017

Salil Tripathi | The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy

Reading - Nonfiction: Chowdhury Center | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist

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


Author Salil Tripathi discusses his new book, a beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of Bangladesh.

Friday, October 6, 2017

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

Conference/Symposium | October 6 | 12-5 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; Lalitha 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, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group


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 >

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Berkeley India Conference 2017

Conference/Symposium | October 7 – 8, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


The Berkeley India Conference, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies, Ashoka University


A student-led conference on existing and upcoming opportunities for the youth in India


Attendance is by invitation only.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Berkeley India Conference 2017

Conference/Symposium | October 7 – 8, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


The Berkeley India Conference, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies, Ashoka University


A student-led conference on existing and upcoming opportunities for the youth in India


Attendance is by invitation only.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Murzban F Shroff | From Diversity to Adversity: A Writer’s Journey into the Unknown

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


Murzban F Shroff, Author

Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English

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


Murzban F. Shroff, Author of Breathless in Bombay (stories) and Waiting for Jonathan Koshy (novel) shares his experiences of writing under threat.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Who is Your Neighbor? Caste, Dignity, and Dalit Lives in Central Kerala

Colloquium | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Center for Ethnographic Research, Institute for South Asia Studies


Based on fieldwork with Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable castes) and non-Dalit agricultural laborers, and their landlords in communist party strongholds in Kerala, I explore the transformations of rural localities from workplaces to neighborhoods. In the rural neighbourhood, “public/private” residential life emerges from work relations where caste continues to permeate interactions.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

C. Sharada Prasad and Isha Ray | At the two-year mark for Swachh Bharat Mission: A tale of two scavengers

Presentation | October 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Isha Ray, Associate Professor, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley; C. Sharada Prasad, Ph.D. Candidate, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley

Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, urbanWASH Inititative


A presentation by UC Berkeley water specialists Professor Isha Ray and C. Sharada Prasad, doctoral candidate in the Energy and Resources Group on their recent work in India.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reetika Khera | Welfare Needs Aadhaar Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle?

Lecture | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

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


A lecture on Aadhar by development economist, Dr. Reetika Khera.

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 Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies-Graduate Theological Union, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies


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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Stéphane Gros | Why Marry?: Comparative Perspectives on Kinship, the House, and Marriage in the Eastern Himalayas

Lecture | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017; Researcher, Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


A talk by Dr. Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017, is a Researcher at the Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS-France

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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

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


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

Peter Zinoman, Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies

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

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

Christopher Chekuri, Associate Professor of History, SF State University

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), Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, UC Berkeley), and Dr. Christopher Chekuri (History, SF State)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Mongols and the Changing Patterns of Indian Ocean Connections

Lecture | November 3 | 5-7 p.m. |  Alumni House


Tansen Sen, NYU Shanghai

Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Institute for South Asia Studies


In the thirteenth century, the expansion of Mongol forces under Genghis Khan and his descendants resulted in the formation of a vast Eurasian empire stretching from the Korean peninsula to central Europe. Despite the eventual fragmentation of this Mongol empire into four contending khanates, the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries witnessed unprecedented interactions between polities and...   More >

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Naisargi Dave | Life is Queerer Than a Chessboard: On Cows, Violence, and Love in Contemporary India

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


Naisargi N. Dave, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights


A talk by anthropologist and scholar of queer activism and animal rights in India Dr. Naisargi N. Dave.

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, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights


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).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Benjamin Siegel | Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India

Lecture | November 16 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, Boston University

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Benjamin Siegel is a historian of modern South Asia, with particular interests in the politics and economic life of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in global contexts. His first book project, Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India (Cambridge University Press, 2018), interrogates the ways in which problems of food and scarcity has structured Indian citizens’...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Iffat Fatima | Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail): A Screening followed by Discussion with the Filmmaker

Film - Documentary | November 16 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Iffat Fatima, Documentary Filmmaker

Angana Chatterji, Visiting Research Anthropologist; Co-chair, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Center for Race and Gender

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at the Center for Race and Gender


A screening followed by discussion with independent documentary filmmaker Iffat Fatima on her most recent film Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) that explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir.

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).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Solomon Darwin | Empowering the Bottom of the Pyramid with Open Innovation Business Models

Lecture | November 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Solomon Darwin, Executive Director Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & Southeast Asian Studies

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


A talk by Dr. Solomon Darwin, the Executive Director of the
Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas School of Business, on his current research on Smart Villages and working with the government of India.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Maya Tudor | India's Changing Nationalism: Does It Matter?

Lecture | February 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Note change in date


Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Political Science


Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

Friday, February 2, 2018

A Conversation with Author, Amish Tripathi: On turning centuries-old mythological tales into bestselling works of fiction

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


Amish Tripathi, Author

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Art Forum


Amish Tripathi is the author of the spellbinding series - the Shiva Trilogy - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras; The Ram Chandra Series - Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita: Warrior of Mithila. And the newly released, Immortal India.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Monday, February 5, 2018

John E. Cort | No One Gives like the Guru

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


John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


A talk by John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Summer Opportunities Fair

Special Event | February 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom


Summer Sessions


Wondering what to do next summer? Visit the Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about exciting summer options for UC Berkeley students, including summer courses, study abroad, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, and more.

Representatives from Berkeley campus units will be tabling with information on their courses and programs.



Lillette Dubey | Film and Theatre, National and International: An Actor's Perspective

Performing Arts - Theater | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Lillette Dubey, Indian actress and theatre and television personality

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Enacte Arts, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Nazakat at Berkeley


A conversation with Indian actress and acclaimed theatre director, television and film artist, Lillette Dubey.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

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

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rohingya Crisis Panel: Implications for Health and Human Rights

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 545 (Please arrive by 12:10pm @ 2nd floor elevators)


Dr. Rohini Haar; Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Center for Global Public Health, Human Rights Center, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies


Dr. Rohini Haar and Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Geeta Anand | Reporting from India: Reflections on a Decade with the WSJ and NYT

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Geeta Anand, Journalist; Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Political Science, Institute of International Studies


A lecture by journalist and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in India, Geeta Anand.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Neha Choksi | Artist Talk: On Exploring Absence, Loss, and Transformation

Lecture | February 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall


Neha Choksi, Performance Artist/Sculptor

Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Practice of Art, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Art Practice


A public lecture by Performance Artist/Sculptor Neha Choksi.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Amita Shastri | Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity

Reading - Nonfiction | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Amita Shastri, Professor of the Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Sanchita B. Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

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


A lecture by Dr. Amita Shastri on her latest publication, Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity (Oxford University Press-India, 2018).

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Teena Purohit | The “Protestant” Impulse in Modern Islamic Thought

Lecture | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Teena Purohit, Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University

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

Institute for South Asia Studies


A talk by Teena Purohit, Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner | Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India

Lecture | March 12 | 3-5 p.m. | 119 Moses Hall


Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, University of Virginia

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner will discuss her book, Active Citizenship: Claim-Making and the Pursuit of Social Welfare in Rural India. This book explores the everyday practices through which poor citizens of the world’s largest democracy make claims on the state for social welfare. Drawing on an original survey of 2210 households as well as 500 in-depth interviews in 105 villages of Rajasthan, she...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Shobna Nijhawan | Gender, Genre and Visuality in the Creation of a Literary 'Canon': Hindi Publishing in Colonial Lucknow

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Shobna Nijhawan, Associate Professor of Hindi at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, Toronto

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A talk by Dr. Shobna Nijhawan, Associate Professor of Hindi at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, Toronto.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Love on the Line: 1947 revisited through theatre, dance, music, and conversation

Lecture | March 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


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


A theatrical production in which the loss of love, both human and idealogical, is explored through real, lived survivor stories of those who crossed the line of Partition in 1947.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Assa Doron | Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India

Reading - Nonfiction | March 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Assa Doron, Associate Professor, Anthropology & South Asia, School of Culture, History & Language ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

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

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


A talk by anthropologist Dr. Assa Doron on his forthcoming publication on India’s waste, both liquid and solid, and the physical and institutional infrastructures that handle it--or fail to.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mark Turin | Collaborations in Language: Revitalization and Resurgence in Himalayan South Asia

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Mark Turin, Chair of the First Nations Languages Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program


Join us for two Nepal-related talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Mark Turin and Prof. Sara Shneiderman.



Sara Shneiderman | Restructuring Life: Agencies and Infrastructures in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster State of Transformation

Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Sara Shneiderman, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program


Join us for two talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Sara Shneiderman and Prof. Mark Turin.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gregory Maxwell Bruce | Travels through Four Languages: Shibli's Great Journey

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer in Urdu, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

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


A talk by UC Berkeley's Urdu language lecturer, Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce. Dr. Bruce is a scholar of Islam in South Asia and Urdu Literature.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi | Are Lingayats Hindus?

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


Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Professor of History at the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

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


A talk by Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, a social historian, who taught humanities and South Asian cultures at San Francisco State University.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Atiqul Islam | Higher Education in the Private Sector in South Asia: Trends and Challenges

Lecture: Chowdhury Center | April 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.

Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

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


Talk by Prof. Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Arthur Dudney | Testing the Limits of Comparatism: The Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns in Persian and Urdu Literary Culture

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


Arthur Dudney, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative


A talk by Dr Arthur Dudney, scholar of the history of early modern Persian literary education and lexicography in India.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Vivek Bald | Documenting the Undocumented: Bengali Muslim Migrants In and Beyond 20th Century U.S. Archives

Lecture: Chowdhury Center | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Vivek Bald, scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT

Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

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


An evening with scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT, Vivek Bald.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Court, Sampradāya and Beyond: A Workshop on Hindi Literary Traditions from the 16th to 19th Centuries

Social Event | April 13 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Allison Busch, Associate Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University; John Stratton Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University; Philip A. Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A conference on early Hindi literature that brings together research on a range of literary traditions from the 16th to 19th centuries in an attempt to rethink standard narratives on periodization, genre and context.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lecture by Dr. William Mazzarella: Title TBD

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


Dr. William Mazzarella, The Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

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


A talk by Dr. William Mazzarella, the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mahfil-e-Adab - Adl o Insaaf: An Evening of Urdu Literature

Special Event | April 22 | 3-5 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel, The Great Hall


2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative


An evening of Urdu literature!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Talk by Naomi Hossain: Title TBD

Lecture: Chowdhury Center | April 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Naomi Hossain, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

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


A talk by political sociologist, Naomi Hossain.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lecture by William E. B. Sherman: The S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017

Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


William E. B. Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

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


A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anne Monius | Rāma and Sītā in a Śaiva Literary Key?: Rethinking the Literary and Religious Orientation of Kampaṉ’s Irāmāvatāram

Lecture | May 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School

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


A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

Conference/Symposium | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisabeth de Bièvre, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), University of East Anglia; Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art, University College London; Anthony Grudin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont; Meredith Hoy, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Universität Heidelberg; Gregory Levine, Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Institute of International Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute;


A conference on the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

Conference/Symposium | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisabeth de Bièvre, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), University of East Anglia; Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art, University College London; Anthony Grudin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont; Meredith Hoy, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Universität Heidelberg; Gregory Levine, Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Institute of International Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute;


A conference on the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée.