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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.



Translation as Research: with Ahmad Diab, Anneka Lenssen, and Kathy Zarur

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126


Arts Research Center


To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.


All Audiences

All Audiences



R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge


Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD


Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >


$10 UCB Students Only

Register online.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam - Ula Taylor

Colloquium | February 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, Fannie Lou Hamer Center


Ula Taylor

Fannie Lou Hamer Center


The CRG Thursday Forum presents...

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam
Ula Taylor, African American Studies   More >

Friday, February 16, 2018

Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge


Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD


Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >


$10 UCB Students Only

Register online.



Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

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

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310


Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender


We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >



From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Eric Greene, Yale University

Center for Buddhist Studies


In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >



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.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

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

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

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).



Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies


"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >



Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

Special Event | March 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village


1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


祝大家春節快樂! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Dog with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

Pre-payment is REQUIRED. $30 faculty & community; $15 students and UC staff; $8 for children. RSVP list will close February...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Make reservations by calling 510-643-6322, or by emailing ccs-vs@berkeley.edu.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >



The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Lecture | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


Prof. Robinson will discuss his new book, which examines the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some 500,000 people dead and more than one million others in detention. The book will be available for sale at the end of the lecture.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pre-Industrial Iron-Working in Central India: a New Perspective

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Tathagata Neogi, Ph.D., Founder, Heritage Walk Calcutta

Archaeological Research Facility, Institute for South Asia Studies


The research revealed a complex set of decisions involved in the organization and spread of metal production in the landscape that provided an explanation for the location of archaeological sites.



Opening Reception - Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Reception | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 7 to celebrate the Phoebe Hearst Museum's new Spring exhibit entitled, "Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You." Opening to the public on Saturday, March 10, this timely exhibit-co-curated by Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley undergraduate students-invites visitors to examine how and why faces are depicted in global crafting...   More >

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



Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Lecture | March 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall


Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies


Based on research conducted during politically charged protests in Bangkok in 2010, this talk presents an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers in the city that focuses not on the sturdiness of hegemony or the ubiquity of everyday resistance but on its potential fragility and the work needed for its maintenance.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Amateurism Across the Arts

Conference/Symposium | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Arts Research Center


Amateurism Across the Arts is an exploration of vernacular, popular, fannish, kitsch, informal, self-taught, user-generated, and DIY production in music, architecture, literature, the visual arts, dance, and new media.


All Audiences

All Audiences

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

Regulating the Human Supply Chain

Lecture | March 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room


Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law, Fordham University

Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Chris Zepeda-Millan, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Ethnic Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative


It’s no secret that recruiting guest workers can be a shady business. Often, the fraud and extortion that guest workers face are blamed on a few bad apple recruiters, who are targeted by criminal regulation that almost never works. But the problems are bigger than bad apples. Structural forces encourage abuse, from the subcontracting common in guest worker recruitment schemes to cost pressures...   More >


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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

The Korean Challenge To US Foreign Policy

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

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


Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is the William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

Stephens came to...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



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

New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity

Colloquium | March 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time


Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Research on Tibet’s linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of Tibet’s rich and complex linguistic ecology. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of Tibet as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the...   More >



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

This Is Not My Mother’s Adobo!!!: The Cultural Politics of Philippine Cuisine in a Foodie World

Lecture | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Martin Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group


This talk examines recent declarations about Philippine Cuisine as the new exciting food trend in the culinary world. By interrogating notions of authenticity, appropriation, and commodification, the talk will attempt to "stir the pot" with issues of transnational culinary expertise and Filipino hiya (shame).



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 | 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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

Lecture | 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.



Buddhist Painting, Painters and Performance

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

Center for Buddhist Studies


From the Gupta-Vākāṭaka period forward, Buddhist rituals featured painting on cloth and other media as part of their increasingly elaborate ritual program. The paintings from Ajanta, Bedsa and other sites in India exemplify in some measure the importance of painting systems for Indian Buddhists. In Buddhist usage, both the painter and paintings were sanctified with ritual systems...   More >

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Milan Vaishnav | When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

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


Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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


A talk by political economist, Dr. Milan Vaishnav on his new book, "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics."

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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

Buy tickets online.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

Buy tickets online.

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!



Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

Buy tickets online.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Naomi Hossain | From Malthusia to the Aid Lab: A short history of Bangladesh’s surprising success

Lecture | 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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Center for Southeast Asia Studies


The aim of this conference, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)



Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Center for Southeast Asia Studies


The aim of this conference, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)



Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

Buy tickets online.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.


$13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

Buy tickets online.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Talk by Dr. Stephanie Schrader, curator at the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum: Title TBD

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


Stephanie Schrader, Curator, Department of Drawings, J. Paul Getty Museum

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Department of History of Art, UC Berkeley

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


A talk by Dr. Stephanie Schrader, curator at the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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

Jennifer Clare, Adjunct Faculty, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

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.



SERC Gala

Special Event | May 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom


Student Environmental Resource Center


Join us for the 5th annual SERC Gala!

More details to come.


$7-20