INDIA STUDIES EVENTS
Friday, February 24. 12 noon Monteith 119. “Beyond the Monopoly of Violence: Militancy and the State in Pakistan.” Lecture by Paul Staniland, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago. His publications cover Indian and Pakistani security policies, civil military relations, and the politics of insurgency. His current research examines the cohesion and fragmentation of insurgent groups. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Alan R. Bennett Honors Professor, CLAS, the Department of Political Science, and India Studies.
Tuesday, November 29, please join us for a panel discussion on the exhibit in the Jorgensen gallery " Erasing Borders: Art of the Indian Diaspora." The panel is at 3:30 in the Jorgensen gallery. A reception will follow. The exhibition curator Vijay Kumar will be present, and four of the artists including UConn art department alumna Sonia Chaudhary. The panel has been generously sponsored by the Asian American Studies Institute.
Monday, September 26. Sujata Patel, Professor of Sociology, University of Hyderabad. Lecture: “Sociology’s Other.” 3 p.m. Manchester Hall Lounge.
Sujata Patel’s work covers diverse areas such as modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city-formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class formations in India. She is the author of more than forty papers and is the Series Editor of Sages Studies in International Sociology (Books and Current Sociology Monographs (2010-2012), Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India). She is also the author of The Making of Industrial Relations (OUP, 1997), editor of The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions, Sage London (2010) and coeditor of five books, Bombay: Metaphor of Modern India (OUP, 1995); Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture (OUP, 1995); Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition (OUP, 2003); Thinking Social Science in India (Sage, 2002); and Urban Studies (OUP, 2006).
Saturday, October 1. 2011 Annual Ahimsa/Nonviolence lecture & Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Opening Address by Phyllis Granoff, Professor of Religion, Yale University; afternoon Tagore Program with Bandana Purkayastha, Patrick Hogan, Kathryn Myers, and Stan Scott. Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies Institute, Jain Center of Greater Hartford, and India Studies. Please see attached flyer for details. Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, 10 am to 5 pm with lunch.
Professor Phyllis Granoff is Lex Hixon Professor of World Religions in the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University. A specialist in Indian religions, Prof. Granoff is the author of numerous publications covering Indian religion, literature and art. In collaboration with Koichi Shinohara, she has produced a series of important works on Asian religions, including Monks and Magicians, Religious Biography in Asia; Other Selves: Autobiography and Biography in Cross-cultural Perspective; Pilgrims, Patrons and Place, Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions; and Images in Asian Religions: Texts and Contexts. Her latest work, Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection will be available for purchase/signing, courtesy of the UCONN Co-Op Bookstore, before the Luncheon.
Wednesday, October 19. Laila Ollapally, Increasing Access to Justice In India through Mediation. Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, 3 pm.
Laila Ollapally is the founding mediator and senior coordinator at the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC), an initiative of the High Court of the State of Karnataka: http://nyayadegula.kar.nic.in/). An expert in alternative dispute resolution, she has practiced law for over 25 years in India, focusing on minority rights, constitutional law, disability law, consumer protection, and public interest litigation. She has taught mediation at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore and is currently on leave from the BMC, carrying out a Weinstein International Fellowship at Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services (San Francisco), a preeminent alternative dispute resolution organization.
September 19-December 9. Closing reception, November 29, 6 pm. “Erasing Borders 2011.” Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora. In its eighth year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council. Jorgensen Gallery; hours Monday-Friday, 11-3 and before programs.
Erasing Borders is a richly provocative exhibition by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements, and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village. http://jorgensen.uconn.edu/about/gallery.php
Monday, April 25, 2011
The second in a series of events sponsored by India Studies celebrating Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th anniversary
TAGORE’S STORIES: CULTURAL EMBODIMENT AND CRITIQUE INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS BY PATRICK HOGAN, DEPT. OF ENGLISH
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India Studies Film and Discussion with Filmmaker
Thursday, April 21, 2011
An appraisal of three decades of the Naxalite (extreme-left) movement in the state of Bihar in eastern India. The film portrays the change over 30 years in the social and political status of the Scheduled Castes. It is an exploration of caste dynamics in Bihar and raises the question as to whether any benefit has accrued to the Scheduled Castes, or are they mere pawns on the chessboard?
Ranjan Kamath graduated in Political Science at St. Xaviers' College, Calcutta and completed post-graduate work at the London International Film School in 1989, with a Distinction in Cinematography. His professional theatre career started in Calcutta's theatre and music world, as an actor, stage and lighting designer. He has worked with numerous theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Co., National Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Co., Watermill Theatre (UK) and Trinity Square Repertory Co (US). For two decades he has been working both as cinematographer and director on feature documentaries and television series for PBS, BBC, Channel Four, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. As a producer and director, his feature documentaries include Fishers of Men, The Die Is Caste, Tam Bram in a Jazz Jam andTanvir Ka Safa
Radha Devi Joshi Lecture
Monday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center
THE INDIAN POLITICAL TRADITION
The New York Times has described Ramachandra Guha as “perhaps the best of India’s non-fiction writers.” Foreign Policyselected him as one of the hundred most influential public intellectuals in the world in 2008. India Today described him as “Sociologist, ecologist, historian, activist and cricket buff, combining Gandhian values with lucid prose.” His book, India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy, based on more than fifty archival collections, is the first substantial history of independent India. It covers culture and the arts as well as economics and politics. It was chosen a Book of the Year by the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His first book, The Unquiet Woods, was a social history of the Himalayan forests. Five books on the environment followed, including the monumental Environmentalism: A Global History. Among his other notable books is a social history of Indian cricket, entitled A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport. His most recent book is Makers of Modern India, a major anthology of Indian social and political thought and the political traditions that constitute Indian democracy. He is currently at work on a two volume biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, which will use letters and documents never before consulted by scholars.
Date and Time: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 4:30pm.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm.
Date and Time: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 4:30pm.
Date and Time: Monday, November 15, 2010, 7pm.