News about upcoming South Asia-related events - April 2015
Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
April 2015
Dear ISAS Friends and Colleagues,

April promises to be a typically extraordinary one for the ISAS, with many major Visiting Lecturers and other speakers scheduled. 

Our first major event is on South Asian art. The Indian contemporary artist Pushpamala N. is visiting the Bay Area for the Indian photography exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, and on April 3 we have invited her to campus to give an artist’s talk and participate in a round table titled, Affective Bodies: Performative Cultures and Aesthetic Practices, on the aesthetics of the body. 

On April 7, as part of our focus this semester on Public Health in South Asia, and in conjunction with the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, we are hosting a one-day conference Experimental Populations | Universal Life: Rethinking 20th-century Medicine, Public Health, and the Relation of Economy to Experiment in South Asia and beyond,  a half-day conference on 20th-century transformations of economics, public health, and tropical medicine in India, Bangladesh, and South Africa. The three leading historians and science and technology studies scholars who will be presenting at this conference - Projit Mukherji, Michelle Murphy, and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan - are terrific in rethinking some of the approaches to 19th and 20th century medicine, gender/sexuality, environment, and ontology and value, that have dominated in the study of colonial medicine.  See box on right for further details. 

Other highlights include, a talk by Shashi Tharoor titled, The Networked World: How Foreign Policy Is Evolving In The 21st Century on April 7. On April 9 is Women's Rights to Land and the Challenge of the Commons, the keynote address by the Indo-American Lecturer for 2015, Dr Nivedita Menon, a renowned and prolific political theorist and feminist scholar. On April 22, Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley will give a lecture titled, Abd al-Jalil Bilgrami's Ode to a Troubled Marriage: On Poetry and Politics in the Late Mughal Empire. And, finally, the award ceremony for our first Pirzada Dissertation Prize winner will take place on April 25. Please scroll down for a detailed list of our April events. 

ViewPoint, our brand new blog on South Asian politics, economy, and social issues, features two new articles! In Of Death and Democracy, Bangladesh-based anthropologist, Samia Huq discusses the murder of Bangladeshi blogger and activist, Avijit Roy and in From Newshour To ‘Noise'hour, Chennai-based political scientist, Vasundhara Sirnate, comments on the shrinking space for dissent against state policy in India. We encourage you to read them if you haven't already. Please click on the boxes on the right to read these articles. 

For those of you who were not able to attend our March events, please know that all ISAS events are video recorded and made available for viewing on our website. Newly added are Zakir Hussain's Regents' Lecture, his conversation with Bonnie Wade on the changing role of the tabla, and the Jazz Fusion Master Class that he led. Also available now is Sandip Roy talking about his new book with Raka Ray, as well as the talks given by Elizabeth ChatterjeeJustice Markandey Katju and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. On the page which includes Sir Fazle's webcast, there is also a slide show of pictures taken during the event.  

We look forward to seeing you at our events! 

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April 2015 Events
  1. Friday, April 3, 2015
    Affective Bodies - Performative Cultures and Aesthetic Practices: A Round Table with Photo and Visual Artist, Pushpamala N.
    6-8 p.m. | The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall
     
  2. Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Lehron ki Awaaz: The 10th Annual Urdu Culture Show
    6-10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
     
  3. Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  4. Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    Sustaining the Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership: Are Their Long Term Perspectives Convergent?
    2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
     
  5. Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Women's Rights to Land and the Challenge of the Commons: Lecture by the 2015 Indo-American Community Lecturer, Dr. Nivedita Menon
    5-7 p.m. | The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall
     
  6. Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka), the City of the Buddhist Sangha?: Examination of its Legitimacy and Authority as a Royal Capital
    5-7 p.m. | ISAS Conf. Room, 10 Stephens Hall
     
  7. Thursday, April 16, 2015
    No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
    6:30-8 p.m. |  110 Boalt Hall, School of Law
     
  8. Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    Abd al-Jalil Bilgrami's Ode to a Troubled Marriage: On Poetry and Politics in the Late Mughal Empire
    5-7 p.m. | ISAS Conf. Room, 10 Stephens Hall
     
  9. Friday, April 24, 2015
    Ayya's Accounts - A Ledger of Hope in Modern India: A reading by author, Anand Pandian
    3-5 p.m. | ISAS Conf. Room, 10 Stephens Hall
     
  10. Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Fear and Belonging - The Specter of Violence in Aligarh, 1947: Lecture by the 2015 S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies Award Winner, Dr. Amber H. Abbas 
    3-5 p.m. | The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall
     
  11. Thursday, April 30, 2015
     

Affective Bodies: Performative Cultures and Aesthetic Practices

A Round Table on the aesthetics of the body with photo and visual artist, Pushpamala N.

Friday, April 3, 6-8 pm. 
Townsend Center
220 Stephens Hall

Experimental Populations | Universal Life: Rethinking 20th-century Medicine, Public Health, and the Relation of Economy to Experiment in South Asia and beyond

with Michelle Murphy, Projit B Mukharji, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Thomas W. Laqueur, Ian Whitmarsh, Lawrence Cohen, and Nivedita Menon

Wed, April 7
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
ISAS Conf. Room, 10 Stephens Hall


Women's Rights to Land and the Challenge of the Commons 

The Indo American Community Lecture by Nivedita Menon

Thursday, April 9
5-7 p.m. | Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall

Abd al-Jalil Bilgrami's Ode to a Troubled Marriage: On Poetry and Politics in the Late Mughal Empire

A talk by Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley

Thursday, April 22
5-7 pm, 
10 Stephens Hall


Of Death 
Democracy

by Samia Huq

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From News 
to 'Noise'
by 
Vasundhara Sirnate

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