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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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

Colloquium | September 27 | 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, 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. |  TBD


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. |  TBD


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.

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

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.

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, 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

Talk by Stéphane Gros: Title TBD

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


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

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

Nandini Sundar | The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2017: Title TBD

Lecture | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room


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).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

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


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).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Maya Tudor | Nationalism as a Democratic Resource: Comparing India and Pakistan at 70

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


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

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, 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