2016-17 Colloquium Series

Except as noted, the default time and location for all events:
Time:              4:10pm - 5:40pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Morningside Campus: Map and Directions
Thursday, March 30
“Defending British India Against Napoleon: The Foreign Policy of Governor-General Lord Minto (1807-13)"
Featuring Editor Dr. Aditya Das, Ritu Birla (University of Toronto) and University Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Co-sponsored by Global Cultural Studies, the Department of History, and the South Asia Institute
The book launched at this event outlines the diplomatic and external policies of Gilbert Elliot, the first Earl of Minto, who held the office of Governor-General of Bengal from July 1807 to October 1813. Minto’s period of office coincided with the last years of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, which had their inevitable repercussions in the colonial sphere, and influenced the shaping of Minto’s foreign policy. Napoleon’s treaty with Russia at Tilsit (July 1807), the treaty of Finkenstein (May 1807) with Persia, and the predominance of French influence in Turkey and Persia, created a short-lived alarm for the security of British interests in India. The main aims of Minto’s foreign policy were the defence of the Company’s trade and territories in India, and the expulsion of the French from the neighbouring states of Asia and from bases of operation in the Indian Ocean.  The edited and updated publication is based on the doctoral thesis in Modern Indian History earned by Amita Das (née Majumdar) from Oxford University in 1962 under the supervision of Cuthbert Colin Davies. The work has recently been edited and updated by her son Aditya Das and published by Boydell and Brewer.  
Time:  6:00 p.m – 7:30pm
Location:  Room 411, Fayerweather Hall
Morningside Campus: Map and Directions
Monday, April 3
A talk by Jonathan Eacott (California, at Riverside)
"The Jewel Before the Crown: India and the Rise of British Imperialism in the Atlantic"

Introduction by Manan Ahmed, History Department

Jonathan Eacott is Associate Professor in the Department of History, at the University of California, Riverside.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan as well as M.A. in British History from Queen's University, Kingston and a joint B.A. in History and International Development Studies from McGill University, Montreal.  Eacott's research focuses on the British and their empire from the eighteenth century to the present. His first book, Selling Empire: India Goods in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-1830 (2016) explores the far-reaching economic, industrial, social, and political importance of decisions made by Britons, colonists, and Americans to assimilate the production and consumption of such India goods as cotton cloth and umbrellas into their local economies and societies, while they associated other India goods, such as hookah pipes and palanquins, with the East.

April 5 and 12, 2017
Two talks by Janaki Nair (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Spring 2017 Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellow
Wednesday, April 5
“The Publicness of the Mysore Matha in the Time of Modernity”
Time:  6:15pm – 7:45pm
Location:  Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Introduction by Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, MESAAS
Wednesday, April 12
"Un/Common Schooling: Alternative Education in the Time of Democracy”
Time:  6:15pm – 7:45pm
Location:   Presidential Room, Faculty House, Morningside Campus
Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street.  
View directions to Faculty House.
Introduction by University Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Janaki Nair is Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal  Nehru University, where she has taught since 2009.  She was formerly Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcultta, from 2002-2009.  Professor Nair has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Wuerzburg, the German Historical Institute (London), and the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (Bangalore), the Centre for the Sudy of Culture and Society (Bangalore), the National Centre for Biological Sciences (Bangalore), and the Madras Institute of Development Studies (Chennai).

Her publications include the monographs Mysore Modern: Reconceptualising the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, awarded the 2005 New India Foundation Book Prize; Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998); and Women and Law in Colonial India: A Social History (1996).  She co-edited Theorising the Present: Essays For Partha Chatterjee, with Anjan Ghosh and Tapati Guha Thakurta, (2011); and A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India, with Mary John (1998).

Saturday April 8
Hindi Urdu Workshop 
The Heartbeat of Poetry: Meter
Organized by Frances Prichett and Allison Busch (MESAAS)
Workshop Website:  The Heartbeat of Poetry: Meter
The workshop is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University. It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Register at the workshop website.
Time:  10:30am - 3:30pm
Location:  Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Monday April 10
A talk by Ranjani Mazumdar
"Technological Encounters in Contemporary Bombay Cinema"
Moderated by Debashree Mukherjee (MESAAS)
Co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program, School of the Arts

Abstract:  This paper looks at the role of media and communication technologies in the imagination of urban spaces in contemporary Bombay cinema. If surveillance practices and their resultant structuring becomes one part of this imagination (No Smoking 2007, LSD 2010, Ugly, 2013), we also see the role of the internet and social media in the framing of spatial encounters in small town India (Masaan 2015). A fascination for ‘obsolete’ technology frames another order of space linked to the recent past (Gangs of Wasseypur 2012, Miss Lovely 2012, Dum Lagake Haisha, 2015), while documentary films like John and Jayne (2005) invoke the call centre imagination within a fractured urban subjectivity. In these films, the themes of violence, love, tragedy and comedy are enacted within a spatial terrain triggered by new media technologies. Taken together these films offer a new geography of the experiential changes unraveling in contemporary India.  

Ranjani Mazumdar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications focus on urban cultures, popular cinema, gender, and the cinematic city. She is the author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City (2007) and co-author with Nitin Govil of the forthcoming The Indian Film Industry. She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and her productions include Delhi Diary 2001 and The Power of the Image (Co-Directed). Her current research focuses on globalization and film culture, the visual culture of film posters and the intersection of technology, travel and design in 1960s Bombay Cinema.

Monday, April 17
A talk by Manu Goswami (NYU)
"'A Conspiracy of Equality'": Early Communism in Late Colonial India"

Manu Goswami’s research and teaching center on nationalism and internationalism, political economy and the history of economic thought, social theory and historical methods. Her book, Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space was published in 2004 as the inaugural volume of an interdisciplinary book series, Chicago Studies in the Practices of Meaning. She is currently working on an intellectual and political history of colonial internationalisms during the interwar decades. Her longer-run research interests include the place and status of empire in the work of major classical and neo-classical economists during the nineteenth and twentieth century. She was a fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2010-2011

Monday, April 24
A talk by Ajantha Subramanian (Harvard)
“Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India”

Ajantha Subramanian is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include political economy, political ecology, colonialism and postcoloniality, space, citizenship, South Asia, and the South Asian diaspora. Her first book Shorelines: Space and Rights in South India (2009), chronicles the struggles for resource rights by Catholic fishers on India’s southwestern coast, with a focus on how they have used spatial imaginaries and practices to constitute themselves as political subjects. She is currently working on a book project titled Gifted: Merit and Caste in Indian Technical Education, which tracks the relationship between meritocracy and democracy in India on order to understand the production of merit as a form of caste property and its implications for democratic transformation.

Thursday, April 27
A Talk by Saurabh Dube
"Time/space, the subaltern, and the decolonial""

Introduction by Anupama Rao, Department of History and Barnard College

Saurabh Dube is Professor of History in the Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México.  He earned his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Delhi, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007-08.  His most recent publications include Subjects of Modernity: Time/Space, Disciplines, Margins (2017); Formaciones de lo contemporáneo [Formations of the Contemporary] (forthcoming, 2017); and the co-edited volumes, with Anupama Rao, Crime Through Time (Themes in Indian History, 2014), and with Ishita Banerjee-Dube, Culturas politicas y politicas culturales: Escenarios de Asia, Africa, Medio Oriente, Mexico (forthcoming 2017). 

Time:              4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 207, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Monday, May 1
A Panel Discussion at the New School University
“Imperialism:  Is it a relevant concept today?”

Organized by the South Asia Institute and the New School University

Duncan Foley (New School)
Nancy Fraser (New School)
David Harvey (CUNY Graduate Center)
Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Chair:  Sanjay Reddy (New School). 
Time:  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:  University Center, Room UL105
New School University, 63 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street
Friday, May 12
Shujaat Husain Khan (sitar) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla)
in Concert at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Presented by the South Asia Institute and the World Music Institute <www.worldmusicinstitute.org>.

Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the leading North Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdadkhani Gharana (tradition) of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Khan has performed at music festivals in India and throughout Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. He has headlined at concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and Congress Hall in Berlin. In 2007, he was the featured artist at musical concerts celebrating India's 50th anniversary of independence at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at celebrations in Seattle and Dallas. Khan was the sole artist representing India in a special performance at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in Geneva commemorating India's independence the same year. Shujaat Khan has been affiliated as a visiting faculty at the Dartington School of Music in England, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school). He has traveled widely across the world to perform at festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from Indian and western musical traditions. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's most celebrated musicians and has played with jazz, classical, and experimental musicians and ensembles around the world. Chatterjee performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007 and has performed several times at the United Nations General Assembly. Chatterjee has been teaching for 35 years and is the Founder-Director of Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has taught at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, the New School, and the Universities of Pittsburgh and Bridgeport.

Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Location: Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
For a campus map including the Miller Theatre, please visit <http://www.columbia.edu/content/maps.html>.
Tickets are $35, $25, or $15.  A ten percent ticket discount is available with a valid student ID.
For online ticket purchase, visit http://www.millertheatre.com/events/2017/05/12
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Miller Theatre Box Office or by Phone at 212-854-7799.