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Friday, October 19, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Mena Salon: Death, Disappearance, Jail, and Exile: Dissidence and Journalism

Workshop | October 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International news media has focused on the recent disappearance and alleged execution of a dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi, also known as Cemal Kasikci, did not have a long track record as a "dissident" journalist, but was known as of late to be in an inevitable exile as he had grown increasingly critical of the...   More >

Monday, October 22, 2018

Alyssa Ayres | Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World

Special Event | October 22 | 5-7 p.m. |  Silicon Valley Bank Auditorium

 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations and Author

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 The Commonwealth Club, America India Foundation, Institute for South Asia Studies

A conversation with Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations and Author of Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World.

 (FREE ADMISSION WITH PROMO CODE AIF)

  Registration opens October 1. Register online by October 22.

Sandow Birk: American Qur'an in Conversation with Professor Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Lecture | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Sandow Brik, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco; Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world.

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently...   More >

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sarwar Uddin Ahmed | Does it pay to be socially responsible in Bangladesh?

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sarwar Uddin Ahmed, Professor of Finance and Director, BBA Program, School of Business, Independent University, Bangladesh

 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, Global Programs at Goldman School of Public Policy

A talk by Professor of Finance and Director, BBA Program, School of Business, Independent University, Bangladesh, Dr. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed.

A New Malaysia? Elite Defectors and Opposition Success in Malaysia’s 2018 Elections

Lecture | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sebastian Dettman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This past May, a coalition of opposition parties in Malaysia, headed by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, won power, unseating the National Front (Barisan Nasional or BN) government for the first time in 61 years. This talk will examine the roots of this victory in the unique coalitional dynamics that allowed the BN to hold power for so many decades – and for the opposition to win.

Election night, May 2018

SCREENING SERIES: URBAN RIGHTS IN BRAZIL

Film - Series | October 23 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Organized by Laura Belik, Ph.D. Student in Architecture

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Edward Simpson | State Highway 31: A road trip through the heart of modern India

Lecture | October 24 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Edward Simpson, Social Anthropologist and Director of the South Asia Institute at SOAS, University of London

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, International and Area Studies (IAS)

A talk by Professor Edward Simpson, Director, SOAS South Asia Institute.

Women of Mosul in the Age of Terrorism and Beyond: 2014 to the Present

Lecture | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In June 2014, a terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham also known as ISIS conquered the city of Mosul. They displaced Christians, enslaved Yazidis, killed Shia and Sunnis alike. Life in Mosul came to a halt. More than 9,000 Yazidi women were enslaved and more than 500 women were publicly executed in the streets of the city on multiple charges. 2,000 women from...   More >

Biafra at 50: A War Remembered

Colloquium | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 James F. Phillips, Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Reflections on the Movement to Revive the Precepts in Kamakura Japan: With a focus on Eison’s 叡尊 Chōmonshū 聴聞集

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Groner, University of Virginia

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Although Japanese monks are renowned for their disregard for the precepts and monastic discipline, serious monks were concerned with whether they actually were proper Buddhists or not. Professor Groner uses a set of fragments from Eison’s 叡尊 (1201-1290) to explore how serious monks strove to revive the precepts and ordinations. By delving into the background of some of the fragments...   More >

Gary Bass | Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Gary Bass, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

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

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

A talk by professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and author of "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide," Prof. Gary Bass

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord's "Va Pensiero"

Lecture | October 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Marina Romani, Lecturer, UC Berkeley / Contributing Writer, San Francisco Opera

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of Music

From operatic Risorgimento fantasies to patriotic myths propagated by the fascist regime, the figure of composer Giuseppe Verdi and of one of his most popular choruses, “Va pensiero,” have become potent receptacles of Italian nationalistic sentiment. One of the most recent displays of cultural re-appropriation is peculiar: since the early 1990s, “Va pensiero” has been claimed as its anthem by...   More >

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

Lecture | October 25 | 5:15-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Brown University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Jewish Studies

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. He is the author of Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, along with several other well-respected scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide, including Hitler’s Army, Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories and Erased: Vanishing Traces of...   More >

 

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist; Jisha Menon, Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University; Shalini Agrawal, Professor of Art; Director, Center for Art + Public Life, California College of the Arts; Debashish Banerji, Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture; Doshi Professor of Asian Art, California Institute of Integral Studies; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Deborah Stein, Independent Scholar and Curator; Talinn Grigor, Chair, Art History Program; Professor of Art History, UC Davis; Padma Maitland, Patrick J. J. Maveety Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University; Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Aditi Chandra, Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies, UC Merced; Sita K. Bhaumik, Artist; Visiting Professor, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Pallavi Sharma, Multidisciplinary artist, and curator; Lecturer, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor Emerita of Art History, Mills College; Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Forrest McGill, Chief Curator, Asian Art Museum SF; Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant; Karin G. Oen, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum SF; John Zarobell, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director of International Studies, University of San Francisco.; Kathy Zarur, Curator, educator and arts organizer, California College of the Arts; Allan deSouza, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative

A day of conversations at the Institute for South Asia Studies with art historians, curators, and artists in the Bay Area.

Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2017, digital print, 24" x 36". Courtesy of Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi.

2018 Human Rights Fellowship Conference

Conference/Symposium | October 26 | 12-5 p.m. | 215 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Heba Alnajada; Safa Ansari-Bayegan; Pieter Baker; Karin Bashir; Tania Docarmo; Derrika Hunt; Seigi Karasaki; Jennifer Jones; Bernadette Lim; Sammy Mehtar; Sophie Perl; Raed Rafei; Olivia Rempel; Aleksandra Simonova; Mavis Siu; Yasemin Taskin-Alp; Levi Vonk

 Human Rights Center

Our 2018 Fellows have returned from their summer fieldwork and will discuss pressing human rights topics at our annual Human Rights Fellowship Conference. Enjoy brief TED-style talks and panel
discussions related to racial injustice and the death penalty, child
labor, the mental health effects of separating families at the
U.S./Mexico border as well as inspirational lessons from human rights...   More >

 

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Islamic Texts Circle: Same-Sex Relations in the Qur'an

Workshop | October 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàn’s (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”:金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University

 Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.

Allan deSouza | How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Rm. 120 | Note change in location

 Allan deSouza, Associate Professor in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative

A public conversation around Professor Allan deSouza's newest publicaiotn, "How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change" (Duke University Press, October 2018).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Documentary Screening: "Mai '68, un étrange printemps": The Odd Spring of May '68

Film - Documentary | October 30 | 4-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4429 (Library of French Thought)

 Institute of European Studies, Department of French, French Studies Program, UC Berkeley

Marking the 50th anniversary of May '68, this two-part documentary film offers firsthand accounts of those historic events from the individuals who were on the frontlines: politicians, law enforcement officers, and others who participated in the protests on the streets of Paris. The film shifts point of view from firsthand accounts to archival photographs, political posters and film footage,...   More >

SCREENING SERIES: URBAN RIGHTS IN BRAZIL

Film - Series | October 30 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Organized by Laura Belik, Ph.D. Student in Architecture

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Precolonial States and Precolonial Cultures: Concept Formation and Misinformation the Historical Renaissance

Colloquium | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Scholars in political science and development economics are increasingly identifying historical, ‘root causes’ of contemporary development outcomes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this has renewed a particular interest in the precolonial past, with a series of prominent papers identifying precolonial 'centralization' as a key driver of differences in contemporary development levels both across and within...   More >

Martha Wilfahrt

Citizen-Enemies: Military Courts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Lecture | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories produced a boomerang effect on Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders, re-framing them as citizen-enemies. While the Israeli legal regime of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is extensively researched, this study extends its focus to the interrelations between the different parts comprising the Israeli “imperial formation.” Looking into...   More >

Thursday, November 1, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 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 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

The Nicaraguan Crisis and the Battle over History

Lecture | November 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Myrna Santiago, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Professor Myrna Santiago argues that the crisis in Nicaragua is not only a conflict over the fate of the Ortega-Murillo presidency, but also over the memory of the Sandinista Revolution and the country's political history. Nicaraguans’ perspectives on the presidential couple depends, at heart, on how they interpret the history and legacy of the Sandinista Revolution. In the process, various...   More >

Men outside the Museo de la Revolución in Léon, Nicaragua. (Photo by Alexander Schimmick.)

Daniel M. Kammen | The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2018

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Room 315, Maude Fife Room

 Daniel M. Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Professor in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG); and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy

 Isha Ray, Associate Professor at the Energy and Resources Group and Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center at University of California, Berkeley

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

A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department, Prof. Daniel M. Kammen.

Friday, November 2, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 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 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

Saturday, November 3, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 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 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 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 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

Monday, November 5, 2018

Petroleum Powered: Resources and the Transnational Foundations of China’s Far West

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Judd Kinzley, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 You-tien Hsing, Professor and Pamela P. Fong Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk will focus on the central role that natural resources played in shaping Chinese state power and authority in China's far western province of Xinjiang. Based on my recently published book, Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China’s Borderlands, my talk will highlight the often overlooked role played by an assortment of Chinese and Soviet state agents, as well as...   More >

The Western and Questions of Indigeneity, Race and Violence in the American and Japanese Frontiers or, Two Unforgivens

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Takashi Fujitani, Professor, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This presentation juxtaposes Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013) of the original as a method for recasting the histories of modern Japan and the U.S. as comparable and coeval settler colonial empires. The speaker will work through the insights and absences in these films to piece together a historical...   More >

Eric Calderwood: Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture in Conversation with Professors Emily Gottreich (History) and Nasser Meerkhan (Near Eastern Studies)

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Eric Calderwood, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Drawing on a rich archive of Spanish, Arabic, French, and Catalan sources—including literature, historiography, journalism, political speeches, schoolbooks, tourist brochures, and visual arts—Calderwood reconstructs the varied political career of convivencia and al-Andalus, showing how shared pasts become raw material for divergent contemporary ideologies, including Spanish fascism and Moroccan...   More >

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Shuddhabrata Sengupta and the Raqs Media Collective: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Poulomi Saha

Workshop | November 6 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Study Center

 Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Arts Research Center, Department of English, Department of Art Practice, Department of History of Art, University of California Humanities Research Institute

A Faculty and Graduate Seminar with Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective.

GUH Lecture: What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City

Colloquium | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This talk will explore the paradoxical history of water in Mexico City--the constant flooding, the lack of water for daily consumption--and the conditions of possibility that allowed for 22 million inhabitants to reside in a place not suitable for such...   More >

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Jusice and Japanese War Crimes

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The U.S.-led post-conflict transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific War’s aftermath has not only rendered certain violences illegible and unredressable. It also left many colonial legacies intact. In Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes I argued that, much more than products of the East Asian state policies capitalizing on the anti-Japanese...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Between Center and Periphery? Higher Education, Social Sciences and Intellectuals from Islamic Habitus in Turkey

Lecture | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The modernization program endorsed by the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions which established the infrastructure for educational, cultural and scientific development went hand in hand with a nationalist interpretation of Westernization and secularization agenda. Parallel to those in other Muslim-majority contexts throughout the world, the reactions to this program has been diverse, which...   More >

Urban Informal Settlements in East Africa: Community-led Upgrading for Health Equity

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jason Corburn, Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley; Jack Makau, Director, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

 Center for African Studies

Professor Jason Corburn will describe a ten-year partnership between his UC Berkeley team and the NGO Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) focused on improving the lives and living conditions in the urban slums of East African Cities.

2018 Fall Colloquium

Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Juno Salazar Parrenas, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The research is drawn from transdisciplinary ethnographic field research in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta | Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res

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

 Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Arts Research Center, Department of English, Department of Art Practice, University of California Humanities Research Institute, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley

A talk by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rock and Rule: Popular Music in Cold War Poland and East Germany

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Kyrill Kunakhovich, Assistant Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

We often hear that rock and roll helped bring down communist regimes, but they themselves believed that it could help their cause. For much of the Cold War, communist states taught rock in schools, organized popular music festivals, and held singing competitions on TV. However, things did not always go as planned. This talk considers what rock looked like on the other side of the Iron Curtain,...   More >

From Rio to Ulm: Brazilian Poetry, Design, and State Development

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Nathaniel Wolfson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Wolfson focuses on the experiences of Brazilian students at the Ulm School of Design in the 1960s and the corresponding transnational debates concerning form and semantics in literature and design.

A building at the Ulm School of Design in Germany. (Photo from modernist design.)

Friday, November 9, 2018

China's "Law and Development" Moment?: Reflecting on Reflections of Law in China’s Globalism

Colloquium | November 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Matthew S. Erie, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

 Stanley Lubman, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Law, Boalt School of

What is the role of law in China’s new globalism? By the year 2020, China will be one of the largest capital exporters in the world, marking the first time in modern history a nondemocratic state will have such a widespread impact on the developing world. While much of Chinese investment flows to post-industrial Europe and North America, a significant amount reaches Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia,...   More >

Raghuram Rajan | Is India Ready for the Twenty First Century?: The 2nd Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"

Lecture | November 9 | 6-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Raghuram Rajan, Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth and the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

 Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley.

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Bhattacharya India Fund at UC Berkeley

Raghuram Rajan delivers the 2nd lecture in this newly established lecture series on the Future of India.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Earth Writing: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Sharad Chari

Workshop | November 13 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Lenore Manderson, Public Health and Medical Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History and International Comparative Studies, Duke University; Amita Baviskar, Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi; Kath Weston, Anthropology, University of Virginia; Geeta Patel, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia

 Sharad Chari, Geography, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Geography, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Alan Dundes Distinguished Chair in Folklore

In our time of unprecedented instrumentalization and transformation of earthly and worldly processes, from the scale of the body to the planet, the Earth-Writing Symposium returns to the question of ‘geography’ as the praxis of ‘Earth-writing.’ Attention to the ‘graphia’ in ‘geography’ points us to a variety of forms of writing or inscription with, through or alongside material, earthly or...   More >

Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit

Colloquium | November 13 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Michael Adams, https://www.environicsinstitute.org/michael-adams

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

From award-winning author Michael Adams, Could It Happen Here? draws on groundbreaking new social research to show whether Canadian society is at risk of the populist forces afflicting other parts of the world.

Americans elected Donald Trump. Britons opted to leave the European Union. Far-right, populist politicians channeling anger at out-of-touch “elites” are gaining ground across Europe. In...   More >

Building a Nation, Effacing a Race: The "Chinaman" Question of the U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1905

Lecture | November 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Richard Chu

Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote

Lecture | November 13 | 5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jennifer Allen, Yale University

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

This talk picks up a melancholic thread in assessments of the end of the Cold War, when the triumph of liberal democracy and capitalism over “really existing socialism” led academics and public intellectuals to pronounce the end of utopian ambitions. Margaret Thatcher captured this idea in her claim that “there is no alternative.” Some West Germans, however, resisted this logic. Facing the...   More >

Celebrating Poland: 100 Years of Independence

Lecture | November 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room

 John Connelly, Professor, History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), SF-Krakow Sister City Association, Taube Philanthropies, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union

This talk will consider the meanings and consequences of the reemergence of a Polish state in 1918 in new boundaries, after 125 years of rule by foreign powers. The event is celebrated as liberation, but what did it mean for ethnic minorities like Jews and Ukrainians? What did it mean for women? That Poland lasted barely twenty years before being overwhelmed by its totalitarian neighbors. Could...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Presumptions and Precarity: probing electricity infrastructure in Unguja, Tanzania

Colloquium | November 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Veronica Jacome, PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

"Modern energy for all", a broad initiative to connect poor populations to the electric grid, is generally thought to lead to reductions in poverty-induced vulnerabilities and is considered a primary strategy for meeting development goals. Indeed the main push for electrification projects in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) rests on the connection between the lack of electricity connections in SSA, and...   More >

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Situated Knowledges Thirty Years Later

Conference/Symposium | November 15 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Mitali Thakor, Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University; Sarah E. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley; Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.C. Santa Cruz; Lisa A. Brooks, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Paul Michael L. Atienza, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Victoria Massie, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley

 Sibyl Diver, Research Scientist, Department of Earth Systems Science, Stanford University; Laura Lee Dev, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Ashton Wesner, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Julie Pyatt, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Science and Technology Studies Working Group, Graduate Assembly

This day-long conference will celebrate and challenge the intellectual legacy of Donna Haraway's "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Presenters from various disciplines will reflect on the impact of "situated knowledges" while offering new perspectives on and revisions to the concept since its introduction.

Is There A Light At The End Of The North Korean Nuclear Tunnel?

Lecture | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Siegfried S. Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

After a disastrous and dangerous 2017, diplomatic initiatives have opened a window for resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. But will the Trump administration's diplomacy succeed or fail as have all attempts over the past 25 years? I will offer my perspective based on seven visits to North Korea and our comprehensive study of North Korea's nuclear program.

Raza Rumi | Democracy and its Discontents - Project Naya Pakistan: The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2018

Lecture | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Raza Ahmad Rumi, Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist

 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

Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist, Reza Ahmad Rumi delivers our sixth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

"Global Cinema and 1968": Ciné-tracts: Film Screening

Film - Documentary | November 15 | 7-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

In partnership with BAMPFA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the Institute of European Studies presents a special screening of the "Ciné-tracts," a selection of experimental short films by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and others, created amid the strikes and protests of May 1968 in Paris.

"Ciné-tracts" is part of the "Global Cinema and 1968" series, guest curated...   More >

Saturday, November 17, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 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 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

Monday, November 19, 2018

Aditi Saraf | Trust Amidst Trust-Deficit: Credit, Conflict and Improvidence in Kashmir

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Aditi Saraf, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

 Institute for South Asia Studies

A talk by Dr. Aditi Saraf, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

Critical Yugoslav Cultural Studies: Challenges Ahead

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Jasmina Husanovic, University of Tuzla; Branislav Jakovljevic, Stanford University; Jovana Knezevic, Stanford University; Pavle Levi, Stanford University; Antje Postema, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Bolivia: Remembering What I Never Knew

Film - Documentary | November 20 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Rick Tejeda, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Filmmaker Rick Tejada Flores unravels secrets of his family’s past in Bolivia, discovering his grandfather’s hidden role as President during one of the bloodiest wars in Latin America. From downtown La Paz to the remote mountain town of Llojeta, Tejada Flores explores how his family, as part of the white ruling class, perpetuated disparities in rural indigenous communities. He finds both a family...   More >

La Paz, Bolivia, in 1941. (Image courtesy of Rick Tejada Flores.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

V.D Savarkar - The Politics, Poetics and History of Hindu Nationalism: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Janaki Bakhle

Workshop | November 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Thomas Blom Hansen, Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology, Stanford University; Vidyut Aklujkar, Research Associate, Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia; Christian Novetzke, Professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies; Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Sudipta Sen, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis; Christine Philliou, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

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

Presenter Bios
Thomas Blom Hansen is the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology. He is the author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton 1999); Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay...   More >

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

Lecture | November 29 | 4-6 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Professor Yuri Slezkine, Jane K. Sather Professor of History, Dept. of History

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This talk will follow the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the apocalyptic sect known as “the party of a new type” to the time most of them were arrested for terrorism and treason. It will focus on the connection between private lives and millenarian expectations and attempt to clarify the reasons for socialism’s premature demise.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Barbara Spackman: Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands

Lecture | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Spackman’s account, which won the 2017 American Association for Italian Studies Best Book Prize, examines narratives by Italians who, through historical accident, found themselves in Ottoman Egypt and Anatolia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Talk by molecular biologist and geneticist, Professor Priya Moorjani: Title TBD

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

 Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

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

Talk by molecular biologist and geneticist, Professor Priya Moorjani.

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium | January 25 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Somini Sengupta | Existential threats: Stories from the front lines of climate change in South Asia and beyond - The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture for 2018

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. |  TBD | Note change in date

 Somini Sengupta, The New York Times's International Climate Change Correspondent

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

Somini Sengupta delivers our 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Deep Impunity

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

 Kamala Visweswaran,, Professor in Ethnic Studies, UCSD

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

A talk by cultural anthropologist Kamala Visweswaran, Professor in Ethnic Studies, UCSD.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

Colloquium | March 4 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Monday, March 18, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   More >

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Jorge Flores | Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and Their Frontier Zones

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jorge Flores, Professor of Early Modern Global History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence

 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, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

In December 1572 the Mughal emperor Akbar arrived in the port city of Khambayat. Having been raised in distant Kabul, Akbar had never in his thirty years been to the Ocean. Presumably anxious with the news about the Mughal military campaign in Gujarat, several Portuguese merchants in Khambayat rushed to Akbar’s presence. This encounter marked the beginning of a long, complex, and unequal...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION: PLACE, CULTURE, TIME - DESIGN IN DRASTICALLY CHANGING CHINA

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >