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Association for Asian Studies New England Regional Conference

Mon, Dec 6, 2021 at 08:30am

Mon, Dec 6, 2021 at 05:00pm

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The 2021 Association of Asian Studies New England Regional Conference is hosted by Harvard University’s Asia-related centers, including: Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

While there is no registration fee, we suggest that attendees donate to the Association for Asian Studies at a level that is comfortable for them.

8:30 – 8:45 AM EST Welcome and Introduction
8:45 – 10:15 AM EST
 Panel A1-A5
10:30 – 11:45 AM EST Panel B1-B5
12:00 – 1:15 PM EST
1:45 – 3:15 PM EST
 Panel C1-C5
3:30 – 5:00 PM EST
 Panel D1-D5
5:00 – 5:10 PM EST

Panel A1
Liquid State: The Politics of Dam Construction

Hydrosociality and Power in the Struggle over the Ishiki Dam
Ciavarella and Joshua Linkous (Harvard University)

Hydropower Dams and Politics of River Development in Vietnam
 Dao (York University)

Dam Politics in South Vietnam during the Cold War: The Case of the Da Nhim Dam
Duy Ly (National University of Singapore)

Learning from the Tennessee Valley Authority: Hydropower Cooperation between China and the United States in the 1940s
 Ding (Rhode Island School of Design)

Urbanization and Rural Politics in the Ch’ungju Flood Zone
Will Sack (Harvard University)

Panel A2
Margin(s) and Center(s) of Empire and Literature:
 Wang Wei and Meng Haoran

Meng Haoran and Wang Wei in the Eyes of Their Contemporaries
Paul W. Kroll (University of Colorado)

‘I’m at leisure ( haen) in the mountains ( sraen), but I have to turn back ( hwaen) now and close ( kwaen) my gate’: Rhyme-Words and Poetic Argument
Stephen Owen (Harvard University)

Plowing at a Distance: Perspectives on Agricultural Labor in the Poems of Wang Wei
Christopher M. B. 
Nugent (Williams College)

Wang Wei as a Case study for Classical Chinese Poetry in Translation
Cathy Shen (Harvard University)

Panel A3
Knowledge, Books, and Text

Making Different: Reproducing the Histories of Koryŏ in the Twentieth Century
Graeme R. Reynolds (Yale University)

Making Dungan Literary History: Formation of the Sinophone Muslim Literary Tradition of Central Asia
Kenneth J. Yin (City University of New York)

Choi Namsŏn in the Transnational Publication World
 Choi (Harvard University)

The Construction of Knowledge Archive in Early Modern South Asia
 Banerjee (University of Delhi, Indi)

Flowing with Wind and Stream: The Affect of Fengliu 風流 in the Hongzhi Edition of The Story of the Western Wing 西廂記
 Luo (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Panel A4
Gender and Sexuality

Subfertility as an Active Planning for Pregnancy in Neoliberal South Korea
Jean Young Kim (University of Texas at Austin)

The Saigon Sisters: Privileged Women in the Resistance
Patricia D. 
Norland (Independent writer)

Protest with a party: The Semiotic Landscaping of Metro Manila Pride March as Southern Praxis
Christian Go (National University of Singapore)

Japan’s Gay Seoul: Behind the Scenes at a Korean ‘Snack Bar’ in Tokyo
Albert Graves (
Doshisha University)

Attraction as a Mode of Power: Matchmaking, Romantic Fetish, and the State in Contemporary China
 Zhao (Harvard University)

Panel A5
Chinese State and Governance

Numbers, Fiscal Capacity, and Capacity-Building in China, 1500-1800
Ziang, London School of Economics and Political Science

Local Deliberations and Market Development during the Mao Era
Kristine Li (Brown University)

Echoes of Revolution and Civil War: Party Building in Chinese Counties, 1949- 2005.
Zheng Zhang (Chinese University of Hong Kong

When Clans Meet Power: Elite Competition and Rural Governance in China
 Cai (University of Connecticut)

Panel B1
Revisiting East Asia through Mission 
Collections in New England

Digital Frontiers: The China Historical Christian Database
Alex Mayfield (Boston University)

The Archival Collections on East Asia at the Yale Divinity Library
Christopher Anderson (Yale University)

Harvard-Yenching Missionary Collection
Li-shiuan Yang (Harvard-Yenching Library)

The Ricci Institute: A Global Resource for the Interdisciplinary Study of Christianity in East Asia
Mark Mir and M. Antoni 
Ucerler (Boston College)

Missionary Research Library: More than Theology
Leah Edelman (Columbia University Libraries)

Panel B2
Knowledge Production in State-building during the Early PRC

Woven Together: Cotton Trade and the Making of Trade Practices in Cold War Asia, 1950-1959
 Wu (Harvard University)

Learning through Hosting: Cameroonian Delegations to the PRC and Chinese Knowledge Production on Africa, 1956-1965
Caitlin Barker (Michigan State University)

History Education in Shanghai’s Secondary Schools in the 1950s
 Tan (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Quantifying Rural China: Wartime Land Reform, Statistics, and State Fiscal Capacity in North China (1946-1949)
 Gao (University of Chicago)

Panel B3
Constitutions and Citizenship

The Use of Programmatic Beliefs in EU-China Trade Disputes in the WTO DSM
Salvatore FP 
Barillà (University of Edinburgh)

Myanmar Citizenship Laws: Making Rohingya Muslims Stateless
Ronan Lee (Queen Mary University of London)

Obstructive Constitutionalism: Democratic Transitions and Pre-Emptive Authoritarian Constitution-Making in Southeast Asia
Chua (Harvard University)

Panel B4
Folklore, Ghosts, Monsters, and the Fantastical

Encountering ghosts: haunting and intercommunal relations in Phang Nga
Croteau (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Tender Warriors Against the Pandemic in Japan: KumamonQuaran & Amabie
Michael L. Maynard 
(Temple University)

Viral Monsters for a Viral Era: Japan’s Folkloric Response to COVID-19
Isabel Bush (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

A Space of the Subordinate: On the Development of “The Three-body Problem” Fandom
 Yang (UCLA)

Panel B5

Power and Identity of the Manchu and Mongol Bannermen in Qing: A Study of Household Economies by Means of Confiscation Inventory Lists
 Qiu (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Vietnamese International Students in the Asian American Movement (1968-1975)
 Barias (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

“In-between” Asian Americans: Falling through the intersectional cracks of Liminality
Kristin Kim (Korea University

Documentary Betrayal: Migrant Worker, the Aesthetics of Cruelty, and Fabulating Otherwise
 Chen (Harvard University)

Migration, Race and Nation: Chinese Views in Comparative and Global Context, 1900s-1940s
 Liu (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)

History, Identity and Hong Kong: A Constructivist Approach to the Decolonisation of British Hong Kong
Matthew Hurst (The University of Oxford)

Panel C1
Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Strategic Evolution and the European Case

From Ambiguity to Articulation: Belt and Road Initiative’s Dynamic Process in China
Min Ye (Boston University)

Burning (Atlantic) Bridges? China’s Rise in Europe and its Implications for U.S. Grand Strategy
Cavanna (Tufts University)

From Maritime Silk Road to Health Silk Road: Belt and Road Initiative’s Dynamic Process in Europe
Grant Rhode (Boston University)

Panel C2
Thinking through the Asian Diaspora, Racial Oppression, and Intersectional Identity

Labor’s Advocacy for Whiteness and Chinese Exclusion in Defense of the “American Standard of Living”
Pat Reeve (Suffolk University)

Wang Hao, the Chinese Diaspora, and Philosophy
Montgomery Link (Suffolk University)

Evangelical Christianity, Sex and the Massacre of Asian American Women in Atlanta on March 16, 2021
Amy Fisher (Suffolk University)

A Feminist Critique of Anti-Asian Violence in the Context of U.S.-China Relation
Micky Lee (Suffolk University)

The Invisibility and Microaggression Experiences of Asians in USA: How can we Understand and Reduce their Adverse Impact on Psychological Wellbeing
 Ray (Suffolk University)

Panel C3
Empire and Colonialism

Dandelions, Airships, and the Long Way Around: Orientating 
Nakayama Miki’s Divine Parental Guidance

Michaela Leah 
Prostak (Brown University)

Sacred Maneuvers: Maulana Azad and the Career of Muslim Nationalism in British India
 Ejaz (Dartmouth College)

Sir Robert Hart and the territorialization of Qing rule in aboriginal Taiwan
Moraitis (Queen’s University Belfast)

Industrial Whaling and the Expansion of the Japanese Maritime Empire, 1890- 1912
 Holm (Harvard University)

Discursive Empire: The Shifting Definitions of Japan’s Empire in Manchuria (1905– 37)
 Dong (Harvard University)

Panel C4
Narrative and Translation

Scholars, Translators, Liberals in Thailand’s Interregnum
 Reddy (Harvard University)

Transcultural Dialogues: Eileen Chang’s Autobiographical Fiction
Tsui-yan Li (York University)

War, World Literature, and the “Real”: Futabatei Shimei and the Problem of Literary Translation in the Post-Russo–Japanese War Period in Japan
Yuki Ishida (Columbia University)

Precarious Aging in Taiwanese Literature: A Study of Wang Zhenhe’s Cancer Writing
 He (Dickinson College)

Visual and Poetic Imagination in The Four Seasons: An Early Ming Handscroll in the Met Collection
Mo Zhang (University of Pennsylvania)

Forgetting as Knowing: Zhi in Zhuangzi’s Stories from Inner Chapters
 Cui (Harvard University)

Panel C5

American Trash, Japanese Treasure: Military Garbage in Occupied Japan
Connor Mills (Dartmouth College)

Soldering Across Space and Time: “Taiwanese” Servicemen Under the Japanese and U.S Empires (1930s – 1970s)
Yasuda (University of Pennsylvania)

The Rhythms of Commodification: Mid-Qing Military Horse Provisioning
Charles Argon (Princeton University)

Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Bangladesh Military
Matt M. Husain (The University of British Columbia)

Panel D1
More than the Sum of 
its Parts: Piecing together Chinese Fragment Histories in the Harvard Art Museums

Seeing through the Cracks: Kharakhoto Fragments in the HAM Collection
Victoria Andrews (Harvard University)

Putting Face to Place: Fragments from Warner’s “Elephant Chapel”
Isabel McWilliams (Harvard University)

From Henan to Harvard: Three Sixth-century Buddhist Heads in Context
Michael Norton (Harvard University)

Reframing Tianlongshan: Facing the Past and Looking Ahead
Laursen (Harvard Art Museums)

Panel D2
Nation, Religion, and Society in Modern Korea: Examinations of Religious Freedom & Restriction, Modern Social Engagement, and (Inter)National Identity and Belonging

Rational Restriction on Religion? How North Korea Conceives of Religious Freedom
John G. 
Grisafi (Yale University)

Shifts in the Social Engagement of Modern Korean Buddhism
 Lee (Yale University)

George May’s Lost Town: Remembering Yongsan Garrison through Seoul American High School, 1974-2019
Ryu (Yale University)

Panel D3
International Relations and International Politics

Making Sense of China’s Western Neighbourhood Diplomacy: A Neoclassical Realist Argument
Sciorati (University of Trento)

Wrestling with the Past: Sumō and the Restoration of Japan-China Relations in the 1970s
Esselstrom (The University of Vermont)

Before the Storm Comes: Diplomatic Exchanges between Mongols, Korea, and Japan Before 1274 Bun’ei Campaign
Nie (University of Southern California)

Hegemony and Indirect Balancing in Mainland Southeast Asia
Paul Un (University of Chicago)

Panel D4
Places and Cities

Decoy of the Gods: Votive Artillery at Asuke Hanchimangū Shrine and Population Politics in a Shrinking Suburb of Japan’s Fourth Largest City
Christopher S. Thompson (Ohio University)

Collective Construction: Building “Community” and “Chumchon” in Bangkok
Hayden Shelby (University of Cincinnati), 
Trude Renwick (Hong Kong University)

The Timing of the largest flower market in Asia
Rui Sun (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Seeing Time in Space: Temporality of Symbolic Landscape in Laos
Koshcheeva (Cornell University)

Panel D5

Secularizing Bollywood: Mother Images in Popular Hindi Cinema
 Chen (Beijing Normal University)

A Centennial Portrait: Ballets Performed in 2021 for 100th Year of the Chinese Communist Party’s Founding
Eva Shan Chou (City University of New York)

“Even if it Means our Battles to Date are Meaningless”: The Anime Gundam Wing and Postwar History, Memory, and Identity in Japan
Genevieve R Peterson (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Local Performing Arts and Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: A Descriptive Qualitative Study
 Iizuka (Utsunomiya University)

Musical Borrowing for Artistic Career: Taech’wit’a in K-pop
 Kim (University of Michigan)

Role of AYUSH Systems in Achieving Universal Health Coverage in India

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Live stream the talk on YouTube

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm IST / 7:30 am – 9:00 am EST

 The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU). The webinar will focus on the potential of and approach to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy (AYUSH) systems for public health in India. The panelists will discuss the role of, and challenges related to utilising, the AYUSH systems to attain universal health coverage in India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.


Keynote Speaker

  • Professor Darshan Shankar, Vice Chancellor, The University of Trans Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology



  • Emeritus Professor John Porter, Professor of International Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Leena Abraham, Professor, Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Dr Geetha Krishnan, Technical Officer, Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine (TCIM) Unit, World Health Organisation



  • Professor Bhushan Patwardhan,  Distinguished Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Dr Sarika Chaturvedi, Scientist, Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth


The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is a top ranked state University in India. AYUSH Centre of Excellence at Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, SPPU is engaged in research capacity building and scientific exploration of AYUSH systems. 

Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth in Pune, India is engaged in generating human resources for health with its professional education programs in biomedicine, complementary medicine, paramedical sciences and life sciences. Equipped with its state of the art infrastructure for interdisciplinary research and committed faculty, the DPU endeavours to make socially relevant contributions to improve human health.  


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How do Gender Quotas Impact Accountability?

Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 12:00pm

Fri, Dec 3, 2021


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Zuheir Desai is an assistant Professor in the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University. His research focuses on electoral competition and political accountability. His work spans both theoretical models of elections, voting, and policymaking, as well as empirical applications of these models on developing democracies such as Brazil and India. Previously, Desai was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University in the 2020-21 academic year. He received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2020.

A Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Pol­i­tics co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown, the Weatherhead Center and South Asia Institute at Harvard and the MIT Center for International Studies

The Kinetic City & Other Essays

Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 12:30pm

Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 01:30pm


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The Kinetic City (ArchiTangle, 2021) presents Rahul Mehrotra’s writings over the last thirty years and illustrates his long-term engagement with and analysis of urbanism in India. This work has given rise to a new conceptualization of the city. Mehrotra calls it the Kinetic City, a counterpoint to the Static City, as familiar to most of us from conventional city maps. He argues that the city should instead be perceived, read, and mapped in terms of patterns of occupation and associative values attributed to space. The framework is established in this publication by Mehrotra’s anchor essay, which draws out its potential to “allow a better understanding of the blurred lines of contemporary urbanism and the changing roles of people and spaces in urban society.”

Co-Sponsored by the Frances Loeb Library and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute



Rahul Mehrotra is Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the Graduate School of Design. He is also the founder principal of RMA Architects, which is based in Mumbai and Boston.


Sarah Whiting is Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design. She is also design principal and co-founder of WW Architecture.


Health Seeking Behaviour in Four Indian States

Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 12:30am

Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 02:00am

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Live stream the talk on YouTube

12:30 am – 2:00 am EST / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm IST / 4:30 – 6:00 pm AEDT


The Nossal Institute For Global Health, University Of Melbourne, together with National Council of Applied Economic Research and Population Council India, have been implementing the study ‘Healthcare Seeking in four Indian states’ (the 4IS Study). This multi-method study, being conducted across eight districts across four states, explores the patterns of resort to healthcare, care-seeking pathways, and costs incurred amongst those suffering from chronic and acute illnesses. In this webinar, the 4IS study team will discuss the emerging findings from their analysis of existing datasets, a household survey amongst 2084 households across 4 districts in UP and Odisha (conducted in Nov 2020-Jan 2021), a qualitative inquiry: in-depth interviews with 64 persons in UP and Maharashtra; and a discreet choice experiment: In UP and Odisha.



  • Barbara McPake, Director Of Nossal Institute And Chair Of Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Arnab Mukherji, Professor, Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Sumit Kane, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Devaki Nambiar, Program Head, Health Systems and Equity, George Institute for Global Health

Closing Remarks:

  • Poonam Gupta, Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research


  • Sapna Desai, Associate, Population Council


The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.

Faces of God: Images of Muslim Devotion in Indian Painting

Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:00pm

Fri, Nov 19, 2021

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In the upcoming ACSAA book-in-progress talk, Dr. Yael Rice (Amherst College) will be in conversation with Dr. Murad Khan Mumtaz, Assistant Professor of Art, Williams College about his book-in-progress Faces of God: Images of Muslim Devotion in Indian Painting. The talk will be moderated by Professor Jinah Kim (Harvard University).

Organized by American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) and co-hosted by the Mittal Institute.


Dr. Yael Rice, Assistant Professor of Art & the History of Art and of Asian Languages and Civilizations

Dr. Murad Khan Mumtaz, Assistant Professor of Art, Williams College


Dr. Jinah Kim, George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art

Learning in Distress: Plight of Education in Afghanistan

Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 09:00am

Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 10:30am


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Kamal Ahmad, Founder, Asian University for Women; President & CEO, Asian University for Women Support Foundation

Pashtana Durrani, Founder, and Executive Director, LEARN Afghanistan

Shirin Jaafari, Reporter, The World

Sakena Yacoobi, President & Executive Director, Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning

Chair/Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor, and William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

Vaccinating India Against Covid: Lessons from History

Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 11:00am

Fri, Nov 19, 2021


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Harish Naraindas is professor of sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and honorary professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. He was adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa (2004-19); joint-appointments professor of the Cluster of Excellence, University of Heidelberg (2008-12); visiting professor at the department of sociology, University of Freiburg (2009); and DAAD visiting professor at the department of anthropology, University of Heidelberg (2017). He works on the history and sociology of science and medicine and has published on a range of topics, including an epistemological history of tropical medicine, a comparative history of smallpox from the 18th to the 20th century, on the creolisation of contemporary Ayurveda, on spa medicine in Germany, on pregnancy and childbirth within the context of competing medical epistemes, and recently on how anthropology attempts to explain the non-human. He is currently working on AyurGenomics and P4 medicine; past-life aetiologies and therapeutic trance in German psychosomatic medicine; a multi-sited study of perinatal loss and bereavement in the Anglophone world; and on the pedagogy and practice of obstetrics in India. Among his recent publications are a co-edited special issue of Anthropology and Medicine called ‘The fragile medical: the slippery terrain between medicine, anthropology and societies’ (2017), and two co-edited books: Healing holidays: itinerant patients, therapeutic locales and the quest for health (London: Routledge, 2015), and Asymmetrical conversations: contestations, circumventions and the blurring of therapeutic boundaries (New York: Berghahn, 2014).

Prerna Singh, 
Brown University

A Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Pol­i­tics co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown, the Weatherhead Center and South Asia Institute at Harvard and the MIT Center for International Studies

The Research Agenda of Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies: A Round Table Conversation

Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 09:00am

Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 10:30am

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The roundtable discussion launches the Second Module of Conservation Science, Training, and Research (CoSTAR) Program that aims to bridge the gap between Art History, Museology, Art Conservation and Conservation Science, and to strengthen the practice of Conservation Science in India.


Speakers: Angela Chang, Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture and Head of Objects Lab

Narayan Khandekar, Director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies and Senior Conservation Scientist

Penley Knipe, Philip and Lynn Straus Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper and Head of Paper Lab

Kate Smith, Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Lab

Discussant: Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research, and Training at CSMVS Museum, Mumbai


This program is made possible by the generous contributions from the Arts Council, Mittal Institute; and Citi India, through ConservArte: Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project.

Winds of Change: The Silk Road to South Asia

Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:00am

Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 11:00am


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Over the past several years, Hasna Moudud has journeyed on and researched the Silk Road’s connections to South Asia. In this seminar, Hasna will present findings from years of excursions and studies on the Southern Silk Road and the need to preserve this important part of the region’s heritage.


Hasna Moudud, Affiliate, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Hosted by:

Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Decolonisation, Post-imperial Spaces, and the Making of Human Rights

Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 12:00pm

Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 01:15pm

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Borders in Modern Asia Seminar Series


Raphaelle Khan, Harvard Asia Center and New York University

Dr. Raphaëlle Khan is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) in Paris and teaches at Sciences Po Paris. She works on the international politics of South Asia at the intersection of Global History and International Relations. Her current work focuses in particular on India’s relation to international norms and the international order, decolonization and international organizations, non-Western worldviews, and the concept of sovereignty. She also works on strategic and security issues in the Indian Ocean region and Europe-India relations.

Among her recent publications, she has co-edited a collective volume titled Theorizing Indian Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2017) and has contributed to a forthcoming volume by Cambridge University Press entitled Human Rights, Empires, and Their Ends: The New History of Human Rights and Decolonization. She is currently working on a book on India’s role in the transformation of the international order through its involvement in international fora, between the First World War and the 1960s.

Raphaëlle received a Ph.D. in History and International Relations from King’s College London, following a double Master’s degree in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining IRSEM, she was a Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (2017) and at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi (2012).                                                 


Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Sugata Bose’s field of specialization is modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His books include His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.) In A Hundred Horizons, Bose crosses area studies and disciplinary frontiers as he bridges the domains of political economy and culture. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997. Bose is currently writing a book titled Asia after Europe: Decline and Rise of a Continent (under contract with Harvard University Press) and working as General Editor on The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and convened by Professor Sugata Bose; 
Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Visiting Artist Fellowship Virtual Art Exhibition: Women in South Asia: Expectations, Burdens and Obligations

Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 05:30pm

Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 06:30pm

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Each year, the Mittal Institute’s Visiting Artist Fellowship (VAF) welcomes mid-career artists from South Asia to Harvard’s campus to engage with Harvard faculty and students, to participate in art exhibitions, and to perform research using Harvard’s intellectual resources to further their art practice. On November 8, the Mittal Institute will host a Virtual Art Exhibition Opening of “Women in South Asia: Expectations, Burdens and Obligations” to showcase this year’s artists’ work. The event will open with a presentation by Fall 2021 VAFs Bunu Dhungana and Pragati Dalvi. The presentation will be followed by an online conversation between the artists and Jinah Kim, Faculty Director of the Arts Advisory Council at the Mittal Institue and George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art. This event is online and open to all.

The Exhibition will be on view at CGIS 4th Floor, November 1 – February 15, 2022, Monday- Friday 10AM – 5PM.