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, 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.
 
Tuesday, October 24
A talk by Vasileios Syros, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Columbia)
"State Failure and Medieval Indian Historiography: A New Interpretation of ‘Afīf’s Tā’rikh-i Firūz Shāhī"
 
Introduction by Manan Ahmed (History)
 
Organized by the The Center for International History and co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
 
In a novel interpretation of the work of the major historian of medieval India Shams Sirāj Afīf (fl. 1360) Tā’rikh-i Firūz Shāhī, this presentation will recover and discuss hitherto understudied aspects of ‘Afīf’s History and foreground its importance as a manual on political reform as exemplified by Firuz Shāh Tughluq’s reign (1351-1388). In addition, the presentation will relate Afif’s narratives about the challenges that confronted the Delhi Sultanate and Muḥammad bin Tughluq’s vagaries (d. 1351) to present-day debates on state failure.
 
Time:  4:00-5:30 pm
Location:  Fayerweather Hall, Room 411
 
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 Memoriam:  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 6:00pm – 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.