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Fri, December 7, 2018 at 05:00pm to
Sat, December 8, 2018 at 06:30pm

Trace: Artisanal Intelligence, Material Agency, and Ritual Technology in South Asian Art

This symposium brings together scholars whose research embraces methodological interventions and theoretical implications of art history’s material turn in the field of South Asian art and architecture, mostly focusing on the period between 500 CE and 1500CE. 

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Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 05:00pm

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Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 06:30pm

Fri, December 7, 2018 at 02:00pm

India on the U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda

Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She came to CFR after serving as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013. Her book about India’s rise on the world stage, Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018, and was recently selected by the Financial Times for its “Summer 2018: Politics” list.

At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. In 2015, she served as the project director for the CFR-sponsored independent task force on U.S.-India relations, and from 2014 to 2016, as the project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan supported by the MacArthur Foundation. During her tenure at the State Department in the Barack Obama administration, Ayres covered all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and provided policy direction for four U.S. embassies and four consulates.

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

2:00pm – 4:00pm

E51-275, MIT
2 Amherst Street

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Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Fri, December 7, 2018 from 12:15pm - 02:00pm

Becoming Urban: Emerging Patterns of Urbanization in India

Asia Center Seminar Series, co-sponsored with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, featuring Professor Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Sourav Biswas, landscape planner and spatial analyst.

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Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:15pm

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Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 02:00pm

Thu, December 6, 2018 from 05:00pm - 08:30pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Haider

A special screening of the Hindi film Haider (2014), followed by dinner and a group discussion. The film is an adaptation of Hamlet in the contemporary military context of Kashmir. It contains significant violence and bloodshed. This will be a unique chance to understand both the realities and representations of the Kashmir Valley. 

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Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 08:30pm

Tue, December 4, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  India International Center

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do? What makes them spread so quickly? Where do we look for the next one?

Our world is connected more than ever before by global travel and trade, by technology and by our microbes. Join us for a discussion that examines the connections between human, animal and environmental health, and discover how specialists in India and around the world track and respond to disease outbreaks.

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Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 08:30pm

Thu, November 29, 2018 from 12:00pm - 01:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Decoding the Supreme Court Verdict on Section 377

In September 2018, following a long and arduous battle by rights activists, India’s Supreme Court voted to strike down Section 377 of the Penal Code, a piece of legislation from the colonial era that criminalized sexual acts considered “against the order of nature”. The Mittal Institute has invited two of the most prominent anti-Section 377 campaigners – and key architects of the legal challenge –  to campus, for a discussion about the importance and impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 01:30pm

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Thu, November 29, 2018 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Beyond the Nation and the Novel: The Drama and Music of Dwijendralal Roy

A reading on “Musical Crossings” by Sarvani Gooptu, Professor in Asian Literary and Cultural Studies, Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata, from her book The Music of Nationhood, and performance of D.L. Roy’s songs (including those from his play Shah Jahan) by Sarvani Gooptu and Sugata Bose, accompanied by Dipankar Deshmukh on the esraj and Rajesh Pai on the tabla.

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 05:00pm

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tue, November 27, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  India International Centre  /  Kamala Devi Complex

Meritocracy: Perspectives from China Past and Present

How should societies identify and promote merit? Does the case of China offer any lessons – positive or negative – for India to consider?

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Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 08:30pm

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India International Centre

ADDRESS
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India


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Kamala Devi Complex

Mon, November 19, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Delhi Modern: Five Short Stories of a City

Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

How do we tell little histories of grand cities? How do we tell big histories of modest monuments? How can we present alternate histories of a city that has heretofore been told through emperors, colonizers and ambitious architects; monumental mosques, revered tombs, and royal forts; and of extensive urban planning schemes stretching over seven hundred years. What of the poets, travelers, soldiers, refugees, dissidents, archaeologists, and nationalists who lived and worked in Delhi as the city grew around them and sometimes with little regard to them? What can we say about the affective landscape of a city that was the locus of the anger of colonial retribution, the hubris of imperial building, the violence of Partition, the nostalgia of preservation, and the pride of Hindu nationalism? These are the tasks of my presentation, which places subaltern agents and emotional affects as crucial vectors in the building and destruction of Delhi between 1857 and 2000. In doing so, I present alternate urban histories of Delhi that substantially expands the corpus of the city’s makers and their motivations.

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Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 06:00pm

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Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:30pm

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, November 16, 2018 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Transcultural Attractions: American Photographs of an Indian Dancer

AJAY SINHA, Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College

Chair: JINAH KIM, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture and Faculty Director, Arts @ Mittal Institute

 

In the Spring of 1938, an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, posed in a variety of fantastical costumes for the American photographer, Carl Van Vechten, in New York City. Studying over 100 large-size photographs resulting from the photoshoot, the lecture builds an illustrated story of their mutual fascination and exchange, triggered by the camera. The remarkable images, now part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, Yale University, show traces of the myriad, transcultural relations being performed during the photoshoot. They reveal an interplay of differing investments in the image when we ask:  What does the Indian dancer show the camera;  what does the American photographer see through his lens?  Their visual exploration helps us elaborate on an underrepresented history of exchanges between the cultural worlds of India and the U.S. in early-20th century.

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Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 04:30pm

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Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138