Master Classes, 2020-21

Master Classes by South Asia Studies Faculty at Columbia University
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Professor Katherine Ewing, Director of the South Asia Institute, has organized an interdisciplinary series of online "Master Classes" with Columbia South Asia faculty.  The Master Classes will provide an opportunity for students to hear faculty present their work, to meet and interact (remotely) with each speaker, and to become more integrated into Columbia’s South Asia community.   Students are encouraged to do the assigned readings in advance.
In order to participate in the Master Classes, students should send the following information to William Carrick at <[email protected]>.
UNI and Columbia email address
Department (graduate students)
Major (undergraduate students)
School (Columbia College, Barnard, GSAS, etc.)
Expected date of graduation
Once you have submitted the information, you will be subscribed to a listserv for future announcements about the master classes: changes to the schedule, new meetings, etc.  You may unsubscribe to the listserv at any time.
Fall 2021 Tentative Schedule
Friday, September24, 10:10am - 12:00pm:  Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (University Professor; Departrment of English and Comparative Literature)
Friday, October 8, 10:10am - 12:00pm: Visakha Desai (Chair, Committee on Global Thought, and Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University)
Date to be announced: Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health)
Previous Master Classes with links to Recordings
Friday, September 18, 10am-12pm:  Sudipta Kaviraj (MESAAS)
Friday, September 25, 10am-12pm:  Partha Chatterjee (MESAAS, Political Science, Anthropology)
Friday, October 9, 10am-12pm:  John Stratton Hawley, (Claire Tow Professor of Religion, Religion  Dept.)
Friday, October 16, 10am-12pm: Rachel McDermott (Religion)
Friday, October 30, 10am-12pm: Katherine Ewing (Religion; Director, South Asia Institute)
"Sufis and the State: An Ethnographic Approach"
Friday, December 4, 10am-12pm:  Mana Kia (MESAAS)
Monday, February 8, 4:15pm - 5:45pm:  Akeel Bilgrami (Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department)
Friday, March 19, 10:10am- 12pm:  Vidya Dehejia (Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art, Department of Art History and Archeology)