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SAI Event Faculty : Sugata Bose

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

Chaired by: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University

Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

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

Sugata Bose on “Literature as History, History as Political Theory”

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

We are co-sponsoring this event with the Asia Center, Harvard University

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 05:00pm

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 07:00pm

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tue, October 9, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

Panel Discussion: Democracy in Distress in South Asia


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

Rohit De
Assistant Professor of History, Yale University

Sreenivasan Jain
Anchor and Managing Editor, New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV)

Ayesha Jalal
Mary Richardson Professor of History, Tufts University


Homi Bhabha
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 06:00pm

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 08:00pm

COST: Free

Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

Room 305, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Fri, February 2, 2018 - Sat, February 10, 2018

The Dhaka Art Summit

Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University will be on two panel discussions at the Dhaka Arts Summit (DAS) in February 2018.

The first panel is titled “Rising Oceans and Conflict: From Bangladesh to Planetary Scale.” This panel brings together artists, architects, and curators, to locate Bangladesh and the rising waters of the world’s oceans at the frontier of global climate change. The panel will explore the agency of cross-disciplinary research on oceans and investigative tools of Forensic Architecture for gathering and presenting evidence on environmental destruction.

The second panel is titled “Diving deeper into Bangladesh, the Oceans, the Pacific, and Forms of Justice.” This discussion between artist, architect, academic, politician and curator draws links between environmental and political violence connected to the exhibition a beast, a god, and a line and artist Nabil Ahmed’s research on Bangladesh and the Pacific.

The Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia. With a core focus on Bangladesh, DAS re-examines how we think about these forms of art in both a regional and an international context. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation—who continue to produce the festival—in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, DAS is hosted every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. 

Rejecting the traditional biennale format to create a more generative space for art and exchange, DAS’s interdisciplinary programme concentrates its endeavors towards the advancement and promotion of South Asia’s contemporary and historic creative communities. Led by Chief Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, local and international guest curators from leading institutions are commissioned to conduct research across South Asia, unlocking new areas of inquiry to build collaborative group exhibitions and experimental writing initiatives, as well as film and talks programmes.

For each edition of DAS, Bangladeshi artists shortlisted for the Samdani Art Award exhibit their work under the guidance of an international guest curator. Organised in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, the Award has created an internationally recognized platform for the work of young Bangladeshi artists. Many shortlisted artists have later exhibited in international exhibitions and institutions, including the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); curated by_vienna, Austria (2016); 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016); 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Australia (2017); and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2017).   

Expanding this support further, DAS 2018 will introduce two new platforms. The Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum will recognize the importance of Bangladesh’s independently established and self-funded art initiatives by providing space and curatorial support for these groups to showcase their work during DAS. The Samdani Architecture Award invites architecture students across Bangladesh to submit proposals for the design of DAS 2018’s Education Pavilion. The winning individual or group will construct a pavilion to house DAS’s rich educational programming—including lectures, events, workshops, and dialogues—which is currently being developed by an international curriculum committee.

All of DAS’s exhibitions are supported by an ambitious commissions programme, which invites internationally acclaimed contemporary artists related to South Asia to create new work. Past commissions include Lynda Benglis, Simryn Gill, Po Po and Pablo Bartholomew, along with and some of the most exciting emerging names from the region: Ayesha Sultana, Waqas Khan, Munem Wasif, and many more. 

Celebrated for its critically acclaimed exhibitions by local and international arts professionals, many of DAS’s past projects have toured internationally to venues and festivals, including the Berlin Biennale; the Gwangju Biennale; the Singapore Biennale; the Queens Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; the Office for Contemporary Art Norway; and the San Jose Museum of Art, USA; to name just a few. 

In an effort to encourage international arts professionals to travel to Bangladesh to develop exhibitions that include the work of South Asian artists, a new DAS Research Fellows programme has been launched to support artistic research in Bangladesh between each edition of DAS. This initiative has supported the work of curators from Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; to name just a few.

Free to the public and ticketless, DAS 2016 drew over 138,000 local and 800 international visitors across its four-day duration. Extending its duration to nine days, the fourth edition of the summit, DAS 2018, will be held from February 2–10, 2018. For the first time in its history, DAS will seek to create new connections between South, South East Asia, and the Indian Ocean belt, exhibiting artists from Thailand, Malaysia, Madagascar, the Philippines, and several other countries.


SAI is a research partner of The Dhaka Art Summit.

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Thu, October 12, 2017 from 04:00pm - 06:00pm  /  Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Lower Level Library

Sister Nivedita’s Narrative of Inclusiveness

Borders in Modern Asia Workshop
Inaugural Lecture
Commemorating Sister Nivedita’s 150th Birth Anniversary


Historian and Author of Margot (2017)

Gardiner Professor of History

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 06:00pm

Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Lower Level Library

Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Lower Level Library

Fri, September 22, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Book Talk: India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971

A book talk on India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971
Dr. Arjun Subramaniam, Asia Center Fellow; former Faculty Member, National Defence College, New Delhi; retired Air Vice Marshal, Indian Air Force

Chair/Discussant: Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

An Asia Center Fellows Seminar; co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 12:15pm

Fri, Sep 22, 2017

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Wed, September 30, 2015 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Disinherited: Conversion to Christianity and the Economies of Loss in Colonial Calcutta

GSA Seminar

Mou BanerjeeGraduate Student Associate, SAI; History PhD, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs

Mou’s research explores the dialogues and debates of Indian intellectuals with evangelical Protestant Christianity and missionaries in the nineteenth century, especially in the Bengal Presidency in India. In her analysis of these debates, Banerjee charts the development of a complex relationship of overt repudiation and covert fascination, where Christianity was perceived as a religion and a philosophy, a discursive and dialectical category, a denominator of racial and social difference, and as a repository of Enlightenment ethos and modernity.


Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 04:00pm

Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Thu, June 20, 2013 from 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm  /  Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art

“To Express and Not to Explain: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore”

Asia Society India Centre invites you to an AsiaLens lecture with Dr. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University

Renowned South Asian scholar Dr. Bose will discuss the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) in the context of his venerated literary, artistic and political legacy. The exhibition on view at the NGMA, “The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore,” is curated by Raman Sivakumar. It was organised and premiered  by the NGMA New Delhi and has toured ten museums worldwide, including venues in Germany, US, UK, Korea, France, Italy, Malaysia, Canada, and the Asia Society Museum in  New York.

VENUE- Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall, M G Road, Fort Mumbai – 400032

RSVP (Priority will be given to Asia Society members)

In partnership with

National Gallery of Modern Art

Ministry of Culture, Government of India

AsiaLens presents an array of perspectives on the visual and performing arts of modern Asia, offering a vibrant and nuanced view across the continent. Previous events under this series include a discussion on the 11th Sharjah Bienniala discussion on Art and Feminism and a contemporary dance performance by KENTARO!!.

To learn more about upcoming programmes, please visit

Featured Global Content: Asia Society New York hosted Dr. Sugata Bose for a talk on Tagore’s Legacy and The Last Harvest exhibition.

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 06:30 pm

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 08:00 pm

National Gallery of Modern Art

Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall M G Road
Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032, India