2017-18 Events Programming

 
Except as noted, the default time and location for all events:
Time:               4:15-5:45pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Directions:       See < http://www.sai.columbia.edu/location-directions>
 
Monday, September 18
A talk by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Victoria University of Wellington
“Situating Dalit in the History of Partition in Eastern India, 1946-64”
 
Moderated by Anupama Rao (History)
 
 
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Asian History and Director, New Zealand India Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Educated at Presidency College and University of Calcutta, his primary research interest is in the history of nationalism and caste in colonial and postcolonial India. His many publications include the monograph Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal, 1947-52 (2009), and the co-edited volume, with Aloka Parasher-Sen, Religion and Modernity in India (2016).
 
 
Wednesday, September 20
Readings and Discussion with author Nabaneeta Dev Sen
 
Moderated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
 
Nabaneeta Dev Sen is an award winning poet and novelist with over eighty books published in Bengali, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, literary criticism, personal essays, travelogues, humor writing, translations, and children’s literature.  She has been a writer in residence at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and at Bellaggio, Italy.  In the academy, she has taught at Jadavpur University and Colorado College, and has been a Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow at Berkeley, Harvard, Oxford, and many Indian, North American and European schools.   She earned her BA and MA from Presidency College and Jadavpur University, and MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard and Indiana Universities (respectively).
 
Time:  6:15pm-7:45pm
Location:  Room 207, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
 
 
Thursday, September 28
“Equality and Difference: Theory from the South”
Featuring
Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
 
Organized and Moderated by Anupama Rao (History)
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
 
Prathama Banerjee is Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi.  She is an historian, trained at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  Her current work focuses on histories of the ‘political’ in colonial and post-colonial India.  Her work seeks to tell the story of how the political emerged as a distinct domain and/or mode of thought, action, and subjectivity in modern times. She is the author of Politics of Time: 'Primitives' and History-writing in a Colonial Society (2006).
 
Aditya Nigam is Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi.  His recent work has been concerned with the decolonization of social and political theory and the need to step outside theoretical frames provided by standard theory, derived primarily from Western experience, in order to theorize the contemporary experience of politics, populism and democracy in the non-West.  He is the author of The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India (2006), Power and Contestation: India Since 1989, with Nivedita Menon (2007), After Utopia: Modernity and Socialism and the Postcolony (2010), and Desire Named Development (2011).
 
Time:               6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location:         Second floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities, East Campus
 
 
Wednesday, October 4
A lecture-demonstration with
Mallika Sarabhai and the Darpana Dance Company
 
Mallika Sarabhai has been one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. As a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has been creating and performing both classical and contemporary works.   She came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata for 5 years, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland.  In the mid-1990s Dr. Sarabhai began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works which have been presented in India and in over 50 other countries.  She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and has been honorary Director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts for 40 years.
 
Seating is limited and first-come, first seated.
 
Co-sponsored by the Dance Department at Barnard College, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
 
Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center, Barnard College
Entrance at 118th Street and Broadway
See campus maps and directions at http://www.columbia.edu/node/4599.html and <https://barnard.edu/about-barnard/visit-barnard/barnard-campus-map>
 
Monday, October 16
A Symposium on the Photography of Raghubir Singh:
Featuring:
Max Kozloff, former art critic for The Nation and executive editor of Artforum, and photographer and writer
Glenn Lowry, Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and writer and art historian
Ram Rahman, independent curator and photographer and founder member of SAHMAT collective
 
Raghubir Singh, Crawford Market, Bombay, 1993.  Copyright Succession Raghubir Singh.
 
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, South Asia Institute)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities
 
Max Kozloff was art critic for The Nation, 1961-68, and at Artforum, was Associate and Contributing Editor, 1963-74, and Executive Editor, 1974-76.  He earned a BA and MA at the University of Chicago, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.  Kozloff has taught at Yale, NYU, Cooper Union, and many other schools.  He is the author of fifteen books and numerous journal articles and essays.  He has been awarded Pulitzer, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, and in 1990, the International Center of Photography Prize for Excellence in Writing on Photography.  As a photographer, he has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including one-man shows in New York, Bombay, London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, and group shows in New York, Zurich, Paris, Bonn, and Havana.
 
Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995.  Mr. Lowry lectures and writes in support of contemporary art, on the role of museums in society, and on other topics related to his research interests. He serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In 2004, the French government honored Mr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.  Mr. Lowry earned a BA (1976) from Williams College, an MA and a PhD in the history of art from Harvard University, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the College of William and Mary and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
               
Ram Rahman is a photographer and curator.  He earned a BA in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Graphic Design from the Yale University School of Art.  His photographs have been exhibited in Canada, Europe, India, and the US.  His co-curated exhibition, with Jessica Moss, “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989,” at the Smart of Art in Chicago, was honored by the 2014 Forbes Art Award for an Exhibition of Indian art curated on an international stage.  His most recent publication is Sunil Janah: Photographs 1940-1960 (2014).
 
Time:  6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Julius S. Held Auditorium, 3rd floor, Barnard Hall
Entrance to Barnard College at 117th Street and Broadway
 
Monday, October 23
A talk by New York Times Reporter Somini Sengupta
"Noonday's children: How ambition, hate, and fury are roiling India"
 
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, South Asia Institute)
 
Somini Sengupta, a George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent, has reported from a Congo River ferry, a Himalayan glacier, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. She now reports from the United Nations about various global challenges, from war to women's rights to climate change.  Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young, was published in 2016. She grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.
 
 
Monday, October 30
A talk by Daniel Jeyaraj (Liverpool Hope University)
“Adopting Reformation ideals and practices in South India: Impact on Indian Agents”
 
Moderated by Rachel McDermott (Religion)
 
Organized by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life
 
Daniel Jeyaraj is Professor of World Christianity at Liverpool Hope University and Director of the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. His teaching and research deal with the life, work, and writings of European missionaries and Tamil Christian leaders in 18th century India; and the study of the Royal Danish-Halle Mission, Pietism, and the emergence of Protestant churches in eighteenth century India.  He earned his first PhD in the field of German Studies from the University of Mumbai, and a second PhD in the field of Historical Theology from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.  He is the author of Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg: the Father of Modern Protestant Mission - An Indian Assessment (2006)
 
Time:  4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:  James Room, Fourth floor, Barnard Hall, Barnard College
Enter at Barnard College Main Gate, 118th and Broadway
 
 
Monday, November 13
In Memorium:  Ainslie T. Embree (1921-2017)
Tributes will be paid to Ainslie Embree by former students, colleagues, and friends, including the former US ambassador to India.
 
Ainslie T. Embree was Professor of History (1958-1991) and Professor Emeritus of History (1991-2017), Columbia University.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and had taught at Indore Christian College, Duke University, and Columbia.  While at Columbia he served as Director of Contemporary Civilization, of the undergraduate Asian civilization program; as Chairman of the Middle East Languages and Cultures Department and the History Department; as Director of the Southern Asian Institute; and as Acting Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. 
 
He served as President of the Association for Asian Studies and of the American Institute for Indian Studies; as Chair of South Asian sections of the American Council of Learned Societies and of the Social Science Research Council. From 1978-80, he served as the Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and from 1994-95, he served as consultant to American Ambassador in India, Frank Wisner.
 
He was editor-in-chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Asian History (1989) and editor of the revised Sources of Indian Tradition (1988), Asia in Western and World History (with Carol Gluck, 1997),  and India’s World and U.S. Scholars: 1947-1997 (with others, 1998).  Professor Embree authored, among other publications, Imagining India: Essays on Indian History (1989), Utopias in Conflict: Religion and Nationalism in India (1990), and India’s Search for National Identity (1988), and chapters to many books on India and Southern Asia.
 
Time:  Reception at 5:30pm, Event begins at 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Kellogg Center, Room 1501, International Affairs Building
Enter at 420 West 118th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue
 
Monday, November 20
A Talk by Shahid Amin (Visiting Professor, Columbia Department of History)
Title to be announced
 
Shahid Amin is a Visiting Professor in the Columbia Department of History during Fall 2017.  He specializes in Modern South Asian History, with a special interest in the political, social and intellectual history of the unlettered women and men. He is interested in combining close readings of colonial texts, political and judicial,  with historical fieldwork. He earned his PhD at Oxford, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton, Stanford, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.   His publications include, Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992 (1995); and the edited volume, A Concise Encyclopedia of North Indian Peasant Life ( 2005). His latest work is Conquest & Community: the Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan (2016). He is completing a study on the role of learned Indian clerks, working under colonial official-scholars, in the compilation and systematization of linguistic knowledge and dialectology during the period 1890s-1920s.