2017-18 Upcoming Events

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
Monday, January 29
A talk by Menaka Guruswamy
Title to be announced
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, South Asia Institute
Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is the B. R Ambedkar Research Scholar at Columbia Law School, 2017-18.  Dr. Guruswamy was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, a Gammon Fellow at Harvard Law School, and a gold medalist from the National Law School of India. She has law degrees from all three schools, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (D. Phil.) from Oxford University. She has been Visiting Faculty at Yale Law School, New York University School of Law, and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin.
Dr. Guruswamy practices law at the Supreme Court of India, and has worked at the Office of the Attorney General of India. She has practiced law in New York, as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and has advised the United Nations Development Fund, and United Nations Children’s Fund, on various aspects of International Human Rights Law.  Among other cases, she successfully represented a group of retired civil servants in a constitutional case that brought reform of public administration and the bureaucracy in the country; has successfully defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children; and litigated successfully against Salwa Judum—state sponsored vigilante groups in Chhattisgarh. She has challenged laws that criminalise consensual same-sex relations, and is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1,528 alleged extra-judicial killings by security personnel in the state of Manipur.
February 12
A talk by Daniel Sheffield (Princeton)
Title to be announced
Moderated by Mana Kia, Assistant Professor, Indo-Persian Studies, MESAAS
Daniel Sheffield is Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University.  He earned his AB, AM, and PhD from Harvard University.  He co-edited, with Alireza Korangy, There's No Tapping around Philology: A Festschrift for Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.'s 70th Birthday (2014).
Monday, March 5
A talk by Andrew Nicholson (SUNY Stonybrook) 
“Hindus Against God: Anti-theistic Arguments in Sāṃkhya and Vedānta Philosophy”
Moderated by Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, MESAAS

Andrew J. Nicholson is Associate Professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook. He earned his PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at Chicago.  Nicholson's primary area of research is Indian philosophy and intellectual history, most recently focusing on medieval Vedānta philosophy and its influence on ideas about Hinduism in modern Europe and India. His first book, Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History (2010) was part of the South Asia Across the Disciplines book series sponsored by the university presses at California, Chicago, and Columbia.  In 2011, it won the American Academy of Religion's Award for Best First Book in the History of Religions.  His second book is Lord Śiva's Song: The Īśvara Gītā (2014).
Thursday, April 12
A conversation between Kamila Shamsie and Colm Tóibín
“Haunting Heroines: Greek Plays and Transnational Novels”
Kamila Naheed Shamsie is a novelist whose works have been translated into twenty languages. In 2013, Granta Magazine named her in a list of “20 young British novelists to watch out for” in the next decade.   Kamila Shamsie’s first novel, In the City by the Sea (1998), was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and her second, Salt and Saffron (200), won her a place on Orange's list of '21 Writers for the 21st Century'.  Her other novels include Kartography (2004), which won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan, and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys award; Broken Verses (2005), earning a second Patras Bokhari Award; Burnt Shadows (2009), shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction;  A God in Every Stone (2014), shortlisted for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction and most recently, Home Fire (2017), longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize.
Colm Tóibín is Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, and Chancellor, University of Liverpool. His essays, short stories, novels, poems, and plays have been translated into thirty languages. Tóibín studied at University College Dublin and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and from University College Dublin.  He has taught at Manchester, Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Texas at Austin. 
Colm Tóibín’s novels include The South (1990), shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction Award; The Heather Blazing (1992), winner of the Encore Award; The Story of the Night (1996), winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize; The Blackwater Lightship (1999), shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize; The Master (2004), winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brooklyn (2009), winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; and Testament of Mary (2012), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Nora Webster (2014); and House of Names (2017).  His short story collections are Mothers and Sons (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and The Empty Family (2010, shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize.
Time:  6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Second Floor Common Room, The Heyman Center
Link to directions:  http://www. http://heymancenter.org/visit/.
Monday, April 23
Mary Keating Das Lecture
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke)
Title to be announced
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, South Asia Institute
Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University, and is President-elect of the American Institute of Indian Studies for the 2018-19 term.  She is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire, and studied ancient Indian history at Jawaharlal Nehru University before earning her Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley.   Her most recent publications include the monographs The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (2010), Husain's Raj: Visions of Empire and Nation (2016), and Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe (2017); and two edited volumes, Barefoot Across the Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain and the Idea of India (2010), and Empires of Vision (co-edited with Martin Jay, 2014).  Professor Ramaswamy is co-founder of a trans-national digital network for popular South Asian visual culture called Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture.