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Conversations with the South Asia Institute’s Graduate Student Associates


In this luncheon discussion,* advanced doctoral students from across Harvard’s graduate schools will share key insights from their research on South Asia. Each panelist will present for 10-minutes, followed by discussion with the audience.

12:00 noon – Panel 1: Religion, Education, Nationalism

Nationalism in Education: How political agendas influence national identity through Pakistani schools (Mariam Chughtai, HGSE)

Sensing the Unseen: How students at a Pakistani madrasah come to believe in Sufi saints (Bilal Malik, HGSE)

12:45 pm – Panel 2: Rights, Categories and the State

The Right to Property and Economic Development in India (Namita Wahi, HLS)

Why Food? Thinking about hunger, rights, and the state in India (Benjamin Siegel, History)

“Special Care for Special People”: Health care and categories after Bhopal (Bridget Hanna, Anthropology)

The Origin of the Forest, Private Property, and the State: The Political life of India’s Forest Rights Act (Anand Vaidya, Anthropology)

*Note: Lunch provided. For additional event information, contact:,