2014-15 South Asia Institute Colloquium Series

Except as noted, the default time and location for all events:
Time:               4:00-5:30pm
Location:         Knox Hall, Room 208
606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont.
Monday, October 27, 2014
A talk by C.M. Naim (Prof. Emeritus Chicago)
"Urdu Mystery Fiction: The First Fifty Years"
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
"A Life in Urdu Literature"
A discussion with C.M. Naim, with Allison Busch (MESAAS),
Manan Ahmed (History) and Frances Pritchett (Prof. Emeritus MESAAS)
Times:  4:00pm-5:30pm (Monday) and 6:15pm-8:00pm (Tuesday)
C. M. Naim is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.  He served as Chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1985-91, and taught in the Department from 1971-2001.  Naim has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, California (Berkeley), Rochester, and at Aligarh Muslim University.  His many monographs, edited volumes, translations, and articles includes two recent collections A Killing in Ferozewala: Essays / Polemics / Reviews (2013) and The Muslim League in Barabanki: Essays / Polemics (2013).
Monday, November 17, 2014
Mellon Sanskrit Series
A talk by Jonathan Gold (Princeton)
“Searching for Nonviolence in Medieval Buddhist Causal Theory”
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute
Jonathan Gold is Assistant Professor and Julis Foundation University Preceptor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University.  His research focuses on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions, especially theories of interpretation, translation, learning and knowledge. He is the author of The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet (2007), and Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (forthcoming in November). Current projects include studies in Buddhist ethics through the Tibetan "three vows" (sdom gsum) literature and Śāntideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra, and a trans-national history of the doctrine of non-violence.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Film Screening and Discussion
Zinda Bhaag [Run for Your Life]
(2013, 180 minutes, Punjabi and Urdu with English subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with director Meenu Gaur and producer Mazhar Zaidi.
Co-sponsored by
the Film Program at the Columbia School of the Arts,
the Organization of Pakistani Students,
and the SIPA South Asia Association
Time:  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location:  Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall Room 304, Barnard College (entrance at 118th and Broadway)
Zinda Bhaag, was co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, and features the award-winning actor Naseeruddin Shah.  Zinda Bhaag was the second-highest grossing movie in Pakistan in 2013.  It won four awards at the International South Asian Film Festival in Vancouver, and a 'Special Jury Award' at the Jaipur International Film Festival.
Monday, December 1, 2014
A talk by Velcheru Narayana Rao (Emory)
"Print and Silence: Death and rebirth of literary texts in Telugu"
Velcheru Narayana Rao is Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University.  He taught Telegu and Indian literatures for thirty eight years at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009-10, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.  His recent publications include Textures of Time: Writing History in South India, in collaboration with David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, (2003); Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam): A Play from Colonial India, a translation of the Telugu play by Gurajada Apparao (2007); and How Urvasi Was Won, a translation of Kalidasa's Vikramorvasiyam, in collaboration with David Shulman, (2009).
Monday, February 2, 2015
A talk by Tariq Thanchil (Yale)
Title to be announced
Tariq Thachil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, and a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. His research focuses on political parties and political behavior, social movements, and ethnic politics. His forthcoming book examines how elite parties can use social services to win mass support, through a study of Hindu nationalism in India.   He earned a PhD at Cornell University, and his doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2010 Gabriel A. Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics by the American Political Science Association, and the 2010 Sardar Patel Prize for best dissertation on modern India in the humanities and social sciences.
Monday, February 23, 2015
A talk by Gyan Prakash (Princeton)
Title to be announced
Gyan Prakash is Dayton-Stockton Professor in the History Department at Princeton University.  Educated in India and the United States, Prakash specializes in the history of modern India. His general field of research and teaching interests concerns urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. His recent publications, Mumbai Fables, and an edited volume, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City, and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility, were published in 2010.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Mary Keatinge Das Lecture
A talk by David Shulman (Hebrew University)
Title to be announced
David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He earned his PhD at the University of London, and has been a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin-Madison.   His research interests include the history of religion in South India; Poetry and poetics in Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit; Tamil Islam; Dravidian linguistics; and Carnatic music.  His recent publications include More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India (2012); The Sound of the Kiss, or The Story That Must Never Be Told, translations, with Pingali Suranna and Velcheru Narayana Rao (2012); Textures of Time: Writing History in South India 1600-1800, with Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Velcheru Narayana Rao (2013).
Monday, April 6, 2015
A talk by Joyce Flueckiger (Emory)
Title to be announced
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University.  She earned her Ph.D. in South Asian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in central and south India, working with both Hindu and Muslim traditions.  Her research projects focus on indigenous categories and in everyday, vernacular religion, to bring unwritten traditions into the mainstream of the study and teaching of religion, with an emphasis on gendered performance and experience.  Flueckiger’s latest publication is When the World Becomes Female: Possibilities of a South Indian Goddess (2013).  She has received a John Simon Guggenheim and Summer NEH fellowships for 2014-2015 to support her new project titled Material Acts: The Agency of Materiality in India.
Monday, April 13, 2015
A talk by Munis Faruqui
Title to be announced
Moderated by Allison Busch 
Co-sponsored by the Departments of MESAAS and History
Munis D. Faruqui is an historian and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He focuses on the Muslim experience in South Asia, especially during the Mughal period. His books include Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719 (2012) and Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History, co-edited with Richard Eaton, David Gilmartin and Sunil Kumar (2013). Another co-edited volume (with Vasudha Dalmia) is forthcoming later this year: Religious Interactions in Mughal India.  He is currently working on a book about the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Monday, April 20, 2015
A talk by Atul Kohli (Princeton)
"Corporate Imperialism:  East India Company Revisited"

Moderated by Partha Chatterjee, Departments of Anthropology and MESAAS

Atul Kohli is the David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries. He is the author of Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012) (a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2012 on Asia and the Pacific); State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (winner of the Charles Levine Award (2005) of the International Political Science Association); Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991); and The State and Poverty in India (1987).