“Situating Empire: The Great War and Its Aftermath” is a two-day graduate student conference. The conference concerns the role of World War I in political and spatial (re)configurations of empire. They keynote address features Professor Heather Streets Salter in conversation with Antoinette Burton.
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Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:00am
Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 04:00pm
Musician and author Ali Sethi (Harvard ‘06) demonstrates and discusses the many ways in which Sufi poets and musicians have encoded a subversive ambiguity into South Asia’s religious-cultural ethos.
Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 05:30pm
Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 07:00pm
As part of the Artist Talk in our India Seminar Series, we are collaborating with the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), Govt of India, to host Kabi Raj Lama, a Nepal-based artist and printmaker as well as a former Visiting Artist fellow at the Mittal Institute. Kabi Raj had two direct experiences confronting traumatic natural disasters: the 2011 Tsunami in Japan and the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. The talk will include the artist’s realization that mental health is often ignored in the process of rebuilding after a natural disaster, and how art can be used as a form of healing from trauma. His work reflects the complexities of disasters through an intimate portrayal of personal encounters, and his current project takes his work to a completely new dimension of art therapy and scientific inquiry.
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Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 04:00pm
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 06:00pm
Join Vijayendra Rao in a seminar discussing his paper “Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Analysis of Indian Village Assemblies” (Co-authored with R. Parthasarathy and N. Palaniswamy).
Vijayendra (Biju) Rao, a Lead Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank, integrates his training in economics with theories and methods from anthropology, sociology and political science to study the social, cultural, and political context of extreme poverty in developing countries.
He leads the Social Observatory, an inter-disciplinary effort to improve the conversation between citizens and governments. It does this – first – by improving the quality of civic action by strengthening forums for deliberation and developing tools to facilitate collective action, and – second – by building the “adaptive capacity” of large-scale anti-poverty projects; i.e. the ability of projects to make everyday decisions, and modify project design, on the basis of high-quality descriptive, evaluative and process-oriented information.
His research has spanned a wide variety of subjects including participatory development, deliberative democracy, the rise in dowries in India, the determinants and consequences of domestic violence, the economics of sex work, public celebrations, and culture and development policy.
The paper he will be discussing during this seminar can be accessed here.
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 02:00pm
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 04:00pm
, Professor of Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester; Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge
Few programs for economically empowering rural women focus primarily on farming—the one occupation in which women have the most experience in largely agrarian economies. Thus, two Indian initiatives–in Telangana and Kerala– stand out. These initiatives are unique because they seek to improve women’s livelihoods within agriculture through an innovative institutional form, namely group farming. In this seminar, Bina Agarwal examines whether pooling land, labor, and capital and cultivating jointly, enables women farmers to overcome resource constraints and outperform individual male farmers in the same regions.
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 11:40am
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 01:00pm
A panel discussion on capturing identity, everyday life and activism in South Asia through the digital lens.
AMAN KALEEM and SAMSUL ALAM HELAM
Mittal Institute 2018-19 Visiting Artist Fellows
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 05:30pm
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 07:00pm
Come and meet the Mittal Institute visiting artists, view their work, and grab a drink!
Artists include Aman Kaleem, a filmmaker, and Samsul Alam, a visual artist.
Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 04:30pm
Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 06:30pm
Indrani Chatterjee, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
This talk attempts to simultaneously explain and move beyond the gynopia – the inability to “see” women in their relational capacities – at the heart of modern economic history of the Indian subcontinent. It seeks to extend an argument begun in Forgotten Friends (2013) connecting parts of eastern India to economic networks operating in regions that modern Indians identify as ‘Bengal’ while tracing overlooked women as economic actors in precolonial circuits.
Indrani Chatterjee teaches History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 05:30pm
Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 07:00pm