2014-15 South Asia Institute Colloquium Series

Except as noted, the default time and location for all events:
 
Time:               4:00-5:30pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014
A talk by Ainslie Embree (Prof. Emeritus, Columbia)
“The Burden of Islam in Pakistan”
Organized by the Society of Senior Scholars in the Heyman Center for the Humanities
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
Time:  4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location:  Heyman Center for the Humanities
Directions to Heyman Center at <http://heymancenter.org/visit/>
 
Ainslie T. Embree is Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has taught at Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Indore Christian College.  While at Columbia he served 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 has served as President of the American 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. 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 co-edited India’s World and U.S. Scholars: 1947-1997 (1998).  Professor Embree’s recent publications include, Imagining India: Essays on Indian History (1989), Utopias in Conflict: Religion and Nationalism in India (1990), and India’s Search for National Identity (1988). 
 
Monday September 22, 2014
A talk by Rupert Snell (Texas, Austin)
"Biharilal Unplugged: on Translating the Satsaī”
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
 
Rupert Snell is Director of the Hindi Urdu Flagship at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Professor in the Department of Asian Studies. Before moving to Texas in 2006 he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for three decades. In 1997 Snell received the Sir George Grierson Award from the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan in the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development, in recognition of his services to the Hindi language. His research interests lie primarily in 16th and 17th century poetry in the Braj Bhasha and Awadhi dialects and he is the author of numerous textbooks, translations, edited volumes. His Current projects include a verse translation of the Satsai of Biharilal, to be published in the Murty Classical Library of India by Harvard University Press.
 
Monday September 29, 2014
Books and Authors
“The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan” by Aqil Shah (Dartmouth)
Moderated by S. Akbar Zaidi (SIPA and MESAAS)
 
Aqil Shah earned his PhD at Columbia and is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Dartmouth.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and has taught at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Columbia. His teaching and research focus on democratization, civil-military relations and regional security in South Asia. His new book, The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan has just been published by Harvard University Press.
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A talk by Wendy Doniger (Chicago)
“Censorship and Self-Censorship in India or:
How Many Penguins Can Stand On a Book Before It Sinks?”
Time:  6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Organized by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion at Barnard and in the Faculty of Arts and Science; the South Asia Institute;
the Barnard Center for Research on Women; and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
 
Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, with joint appointments in the Divinity School, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought.  She earned her PhD at Harvard and a DPhil from Oxford University.  Doniger is the author of numerous monographs, edited volumes, and translations.  Her 2010 book, The Hindus:  An Alternative History, was one of five finalists selected in the Non-Fiction category for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014
Mellon Sanskrit Series
A talk by Lawrence McCrea (Cornell)
Title to be announced
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
 
Lawrence McCrea is Associate Professor of Sanskrit Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell.  He received his Ph.D. in South Asian Languages & Civilizations in 1998 from the University of Chicago.  His most recent book, The Teleology of Poetics in Medieval Kashmir, published in the Harvard Oriental Series (2009), deals with the conceptual revolution in Sanskrit poetic theory brought about by the work of the ninth century Kashmiri Anandavardhana.
 
Monday, October 13, 2014
A talk by Atul Kohli (Princeton)
"Corporate Imperialism:  East India Company Revisited"
 
Atul Kohli is the David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries. He is the author of Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012) (a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2012 on Asia and the Pacific); State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (winner of the Charles Levine Award (2005) of the International Political Science Association); Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991); and The State and Poverty in India (1987).
 
Monday, October 20, 2014
Mellon Sanskrit Series
A talk by Jonathan Gold (Princeton)
Title to be announced
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
 
Jonathan Gold is Assistant Professor and Julis Foundation University Preceptor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University.  His research focuses on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions, especially theories of interpretation, translation, learning and knowledge. He is the author of The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet (2007), and Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (forthcoming in November). Current projects include studies in Buddhist ethics through the Tibetan "three vows" (sdom gsum) literature and Śāntideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra, and a trans-national history of the doctrine of non-violence.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014
A talk by C.M. Naim (Prof. Emeritus Chicago)
Title to be announced
 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A discussion with C.M. Naim, with Allison Busch (MESAAS),
Manan Ahmed (History) and Frances Pritchett (Prof. Emeritus MESAAS)
Times:  4:00pm-5:30pm (Monday) and 6:15pm-8:00pm (Tuesday)
 
C. M. Naim is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.  He served as Chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1985-91, and taught in the Department from 1971-2001.  Naim has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, California (Berkeley), Rochester, and at Aligarh Muslim University.  His many monographs, edited volumes, translations, and articles includes two recent collections A Killing in Ferozewala: Essays / Polemics / Reviews (2013) and The Muslim League in Barabanki: Essays / Polemics (2013).
 
Monday, December 1, 2014
A talk by Velcheru Narayana Rao (Emory)
Title to be announced
 
Velcheru Narayana Rao is Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University.  He taught Telegu and Indian literatures for thirty eight years at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009-10, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.  His recent publications include Textures of Time: Writing History in South India, in collaboration with David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, (2003); Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam): A Play from Colonial India, a translation of the Telugu play by Gurajada Apparao (2007); and How Urvasi Was Won, a translation of Kalidasa's Vikramorvasiyam, in collaboration with David Shulman, (2009).
 
Monday, February 2, 2015
A talk by Tariq Thanchil (Yale)
Title to be announced
 
Tariq Thachil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, and a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. His research focuses on political parties and political behavior, social movements, and ethnic politics. His forthcoming book examines how elite parties can use social services to win mass support, through a study of Hindu nationalism in India.   He earned a PhD at Cornell University, and his doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2010 Gabriel A. Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics by the American Political Science Association, and the 2010 Sardar Patel Prize for best dissertation on modern India in the humanities and social sciences.
 
Monday, February 23, 2015
A talk by Gyan Prakash (Princeton)
Title to be announced
 
Gyan Prakash is Dayton-Stockton Professor in the History Department at Princeton University.  Educated in India and the United States, Prakash specializes in the history of modern India. His general field of research and teaching interests concerns urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. His recent publications, Mumbai Fables, and an edited volume, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City, and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility, were published in 2010.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015
Mary Keatinge Das Lecture
A talk by David Shulman (Hebrew University)
Title to be announced
 
David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He earned his PhD at the University of London, and has been a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin-Madison.   His research interests include the history of religion in South India; Poetry and poetics in Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit; Tamil Islam; Dravidian linguistics; and Carnatic music.  His recent publications include More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India (2012); The Sound of the Kiss, or The Story That Must Never Be Told, translations, with Pingali Suranna and Velcheru Narayana Rao (2012); Textures of Time: Writing History in South India 1600-1800, with Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Velcheru Narayana Rao (2013).
 
Monday, April 6, 2015
A talk by Joyce Flueckiger (Emory)
Title to be announced
 
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University.  She earned her Ph.D. in South Asian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in central and south India, working with both Hindu and Muslim traditions.  Her research projects focus on indigenous categories and in everyday, vernacular religion, to bring unwritten traditions into the mainstream of the study and teaching of religion, with an emphasis on gendered performance and experience.  Flueckiger’s latest publication is When the World Becomes Female: Possibilities of a South Indian Goddess (2013).  She has received a John Simon Guggenheim and Summer NEH fellowships for 2014-2015 to support her new project titled Material Acts: The Agency of Materiality in India.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015
A talk by Munis Faruqui
Title to be announced
Moderated by Allison Busch 
Co-sponsored by the Departments of MESAAS and History
 
Munis D. Faruqui is an historian and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He focuses on the Muslim experience in South Asia, especially during the Mughal period. His books include Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719 (2012) and Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History, co-edited with Richard Eaton, David Gilmartin and Sunil Kumar (2013). Another co-edited volume (with Vasudha Dalmia) is forthcoming later this year: Religious Interactions in Mughal India.  He is currently working on a book about the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.