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SAI Event Region : Bangladesh


Secularism, Democracy and Pluralism: From Bases to Implementation

START
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Global Health Seminar

Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh
with Ruhul Abid, Assistant Professor, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School
M. Shawkat Razzaque, , Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Dental School
and Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health


Mental Health Access for Women in South Asia and China

START
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Global Health Seminar

Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Leaning, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Cosponsored with the Asia Center’s Modern Asia Seminar




South Asian Studies: Pasts and Futures

START
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Harvard University
Loeb House

ADDRESS
Harvard University
Loeb House
17 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
02138

Harvard South Asia Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration

Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction by Tarun KhannaDirector, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Reception to follow


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Small Cities, Big Issues: Why Small Cities Matter in Debates on Urban Poverty and Inequality

Neema KudvaAssociate Professor, City & Regional Planning, Cornell University

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 06:00pm

END
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 08:00pm

The Future of South Asia: A Landscape of Pluralism

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Chair: Hiteshkumar Hathi, Producer of NPR’s ‘Here and Now’

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Watch this seminar here.


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization

Vikramāditya PrakāshProfessor of Architecture; Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, Adjunct Professor of Urban Design and Planning; Director, Chandigarh Urban Lab, University of Washington

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Urbanization Seminar Series

START
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Decoding Dhaka

Farooq Ameen, Principal, City Design Studio

Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

The city of Dhaka is one of the largest, most dense urban masses in the world.  Its population is projected to reach 20 million by 2015, and its land is projected to be mainly under water by 2050.  Its location on a delta with pockets of land enclosed in pockets of water has led to great urbanization challenges – Dhaka’s city planners must wrestle with where and how to build residential and industrial structures responsibly to meet the needs of this precarious urban situation.

Farooq Ameen of City Design Studio in Los Angeles shared some of the current interventions that are  underway to deal with mobility among the disjointed sectors of the city, to integrate natural elements into building projects, and finally, to protect the heritage sites of old Dhaka that are quickly being encroached upon.  He also spoke about the difficult administrative and political hurdles to initiating further urban improvements in Dhaka.

Professors and students inquired as to whether any similar interventions have been made in the areas of public health, sanitation and climate change, and whether or not wealthy inhabitants of the city felt any particular stake in these issues when it comes to helping direct resources.  Farooq remarked that some NGOs have been involved in these efforts, and that climate change is starting to enter the public discourse, but very slowly.  Sahjabin Kabir, Architect in Bangladesh and current GSD student, remarked that there is no public awareness about these issues among anyone in the city – rich or poor.  Awareness must be raised so that the government can be held accountable for the decisions it makes.

Written by Deonnie Moodie, PhD Candidate at GSAS

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Thinking with the Heart: A Language of Justice After the 1971 War of Bangladesh

START
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Chaired by Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Yasmin SaikiaHardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict; Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

 

The scholarship on post-conflict resolution is growing and the new questions and discourses on peacemaking forefront non-western perspectives. Although the earlier focus of scholarship on the usefulness of truth and reconciliation commission, war criminals tribunal, implementation of human rights and international monitoring remains relevant, there is also a need to move beyond these existing models to explore the alternative indigenous language of justice derived from other sources, such as religion and culture. This exercise is particularly relevant in the context of postcolonial South Asia where religion and ethnicity have played divisive roles in enabling violence.

In this paper, I focus on the memories of survivors – victims and perpetrators – of the 1971 war of Bangladesh raising fundamental questions of peacemaking from an Islamic perspective. Highlighting the historical construction of an ‘enemy’ that was victimized during the war, I probe perpetrators’ understanding of violence that is differentiated from “duty” and the religious grammar of peace that suggests an alternative thinking beyond violence. Paying particular attention to the concept of insāniyat, humanity, that survivors recall was lost in violence, I examine what perpetrators deem gunah (sin) and their desire to do tauba (repent) for delivering insāf (justice). Emphasizing survivors’ renewed humanistic understanding based on religion, I ask: In what ways can survivors’ alternative discourses open the space for dialogue for writing larger histories of peace in the region? Can the religio-cultural vocabularies of repentance, tauba, and principles of justice, insāf, based on the concept of haqq (rights) serve for peacemaking between Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India? Is religio-cultural method of peacemaking relevant and useful for restorative justice of huquq al-ibād, rights of people? What are its implications for decolonizing the notions of justice and rights in the subcontinent?

 

Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University



South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

South Asia: The World’s Laboratory

A special SAI event in New York City. Inquire for details:sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Home to nearly a sixth of humanity, the birthplace of many of the world’s great religions and philosophies, and now a hotbed for innovation and technological change, South Asia is truly the world’s laboratory, a space where we can experiment with the world’s most urgent challenges. Join leading academics from Harvard University in a discussion of the timely appeal of South Asia to the humanities—at the intersection of religion and civil society, ancient arts and cutting edge technologies. Our guest speakers will challenge you – Is Pakistan really Islamic? The Taj Mahal: What’s the Attraction? – and share with you the latest research and inquiry on South Asia from Harvard.