Recent Events, 2017-18

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 <>
Monday, September 11
South Asia Institute Welcome Reception
Time:               5:00-7:00pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 207
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Monday, September 18
A talk by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Victoria University of Wellington
“Situating Dalit in the History of Partition in Eastern India, 1946-64”
Moderated by Anupama Rao (History)
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Asian History and Director, New Zealand India Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Educated at Presidency College and University of Calcutta, his primary research interest is in the history of nationalism and caste in colonial and postcolonial India. His many publications include the monograph Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal, 1947-52 (2009), and the co-edited volume, with Aloka Parasher-Sen, Religion and Modernity in India (2016).
Wednesday, September 20
Readings and Discussion with author Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Moderated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Nabaneeta Dev Sen is an award winning poet and novelist with over eighty books published in Bengali, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, literary criticism, personal essays, travelogues, humor writing, translations, and children’s literature.  She has been a writer in residence at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and at Bellaggio, Italy.  In the academy, she has taught at Jadavpur University and Colorado College, and has been a Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow at Berkeley, Harvard, Oxford, and many Indian, North American and European schools.   She earned her BA and MA from Presidency College and Jadavpur University, and MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard and Indiana Universities (respectively).
Time:  6:15pm-7:45pm
Location:  Room 207, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Thursday, September 28
“Equality and Difference: Theory from the South”
Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
Organized and Moderated by Anupama Rao (History)
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Prathama Banerjee is Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi.  She is an historian, trained at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  Her current work focuses on histories of the ‘political’ in colonial and post-colonial India.  Her work seeks to tell the story of how the political emerged as a distinct domain and/or mode of thought, action, and subjectivity in modern times. She is the author of Politics of Time: 'Primitives' and History-writing in a Colonial Society (2006).
Aditya Nigam is Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi.  His recent work has been concerned with the decolonization of social and political theory and the need to step outside theoretical frames provided by standard theory, derived primarily from Western experience, in order to theorize the contemporary experience of politics, populism and democracy in the non-West.  He is the author of The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India (2006), Power and Contestation: India Since 1989, with Nivedita Menon (2007), After Utopia: Modernity and Socialism and the Postcolony (2010), and Desire Named Development (2011).
Time:               6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location:         Second floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities, East Campus
Wednesday, October 4
A lecture-demonstration with
Mallika Sarabhai and the Darpana Dance Company
Mallika Sarabhai has been one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. As a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has been creating and performing both classical and contemporary works.   She came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata for 5 years, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland.  In the mid-1990s Dr. Sarabhai began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works which have been presented in India and in over 50 other countries.  She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and has been honorary Director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts for 40 years.
Seating is limited and first-come, first seated.
Co-sponsored by the Dance Department at Barnard College, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center, Barnard College
Entrance at 118th Street and Broadway
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Monday, October 16
A Symposium on the Photography of Raghubir Singh:
Max Kozloff, former art critic for The Nation and executive editor of Artforum, and photographer and writer
Glenn Lowry, Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and writer and art historian
Ram Rahman, independent curator and photographer and founder member of SAHMAT collective
Raghubir Singh, Crawford Market, Bombay, 1993.  Copyright Succession Raghubir Singh.
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, South Asia Institute
Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities
From the New York TImes, October 9, 2017:  Seeing India Through a Contemporary Lens 

New York TImes Slide Show, October 9, 2017:  Raghubir Singh: India's Color Pioneer

Max Kozloff is a former art critic for The Nation and executive editor of Artforum, where he was also associate and contributing editor. He earned a BA and MA at the University of Chicago, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. He has taught at Yale, NYU, and Cooper Union, among other schools. He has been awarded Pulitzer, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, and in 1990, the International Center of Photography Prize for Excellence in Writing on Photography.  As a photographer, he has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including one-man shows in New York, Bombay, London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, and group shows in New York, Zurich, Paris, Bonn, and Havana. He is the author of fifteen books, including the seminal New York: Capital of Photography (2002) and Theater of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 (2007). He has also published numerous portfolios of photographs, among them India’s Streets (1997). Kozloff often chooses photographic subjects that pay tribute to the photographers who have figured prominently in his writing: shop windows that reference Eugène Atget, for example, or street scenes informed by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s narrative compositions. He asks not only “What is it they show?” but also “Why do we look?”, drawing attention to larger issues of image-making and social construction, while also focusing on the particular reality of the photographs.

Glenn Lowry is Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1995. He received a BA from Williams College, and MA and PhD degrees in the history of art from Harvard University, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the College of William and Mary and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Dr. Lowry came to MoMA as a renowned specialist in Islamic art, and has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society. Recent publications include Designing the New Museum of Modern Art (2004), Oil and Sugar: Contemporary Art and Islamic Culture (2009) and The Museum of Modern Art in This Century (2009). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2004 the French Government honored Dr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Ram Rahman is a photographer, curator, activist, and co-founder of SAHMAT, a Delhi-based collective of artists and scholars dedicated to promoting cultural pluralism and secularism in India. After earning a BA in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he went on to study graphic design at the Yale University School of Art. Working in both color and black-and-white, Rahman is known for his street photographs of India and his environmental portraits of artists and intellectuals. His photographs have been exhibited in Canada, Europe, India, and the US.  His co-curated exhibition, with Jessica Moss, “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989,” at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, was honored by the 2014 Forbes Art Award for an Exhibition of Indian art curated on an international stage. His most recent publication is Sunil Janah: Photographs 1940-1960 (2014). Rahman is involved in Project 365 which seeks to photograph and preserve glimpses of the ancient Indian culture and lifestyle, focusing on the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is interested in encouraging public art projects so as to take art to the masses, especially in the rural areas. It is part of Rahman’s larger ambition to use photographs as historical documents and develop a visual archiving culture in India. 

Time:  6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Julius S. Held Lecture Hall, 3rd floor, Barnard Hall
Entrance to Barnard College at 117th Street and Broadway