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Summer Film Series: Ontorjatra

START
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 08:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Ontorjatra (‘The Inner Journey’) is a 2006 Bangla film exploring complex issues of identity and dislocation in a diaspora world. A divorced mother and her son return to Bangladesh after 15 years in London after the ex-husband’s sudden death and funeral. The story follows the transforming experience of the mother and son as they come to terms with this loss. For the British-bred son with no memory of his father or “homeland”, the return is a journey of rediscovery and self-actualization. For the mother the journey is a mixture of anxiety in anticipation of a difficult reunion and nostalgia for her youth. By the directors who brought Matir Moina “The Clay Bird” that won several awards among Cannes Film Festival. This film screening is open to the public.


The United States in Asia: Five Media Perspectives

START
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 05:30pm

The Harvard University Asia Center and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University present a forum on

The United States in Asia: Five Media Perspectives

With the participation of Nieman Fellows from Asia

Moderated by Arthur KleinmanEsther 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.

Wu Nan, The Wall Street Journal (China)
Rema Nagarajan, The Times of India (India)
Akiko Sugaya, Journalist and “Media Education” Author (Japan)
Pir Zubair Shah, The New York Times (Pakistan)
John Nery, Philippine Daily Inquirer (the Phillipines)

Co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, the Fairbank Center, and the Reischauser Institute


The Social and Political Cost of Inaction

START
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
Harvard School of Public Health
Kresge 502
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
Facilitated by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School and Lecturer on Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsored by the FXB Center at Harvard, co-sponsored in part by SAI


Summer Film Series: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

START
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Jul 18, 2013

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a based on a Bengali novel by Bimal Mitra, providing a glimpse into the fall of feudalism in Bengal during the era of the British Raj. The film explores a platonic relationship between the lonely and beautiful wife of an aristocrat and a hard-working, part-time servant. The film has been rated among the top Bollywood movies ever produced and has won four Filmfare Awards. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam features starts Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman, and Nasir Hussain. Please join us for an evening of colorful music and classic Hindi film. This film screening is open to the public.


South Asia Without Borders Seminar Series

START
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Faith, Loyalty, Status: Mughal-era Perspectives on Elite Rajput Conversions to Islam

Chaired by Parimal Patil, Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Ramya Srinivasan, Associate Professor, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Co-Sponsored by the Department of South Asian Studies.


South Asia Without Borders Seminar Series

START
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Harlem, Black Bottom, Tremé: South Asian Muslims in U.S. Communities of Color, 1890-1965

Vivek BaldAssistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media, MIT

Chair: Parimal PatilProfessor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

Vivek Bald is a scholar and filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of the South Asian diaspora. His current project traces the lives of South Asian Muslim silk peddlers and merchant seamen who settled within communities of color in the U.S. South, Northeast, and Midwest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is the basis for a forthcoming book, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press, 2013), and a documentary film, In Search of Bengali Harlem.

 

 

 

Watch the video here:

Harlem, Black Bottom, Tremé: South Asian Muslims in U.S. Communities of Color, 1890-1965 from The South Asia Initiativeon Vimeo.


South Asia Without Borders Seminar Series

START
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Vernacular Political Economy in Colonial Bengal

 

Andrew SartoriAssociate Professor of History, New York University

Chair: Parimal PatilProfessor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

Bengali agrarian politics of the late colonial period turned to a very great extent on debates over property. To make sense of the emergence of this kind of agrarian politics (which could be variously articulated in terms of the aspiration to “Muslim emancipation,” “cultivator rights” and “tenant rights”) requires an account of the process by which political-economic concepts were vernacularized in the Bengali countryside in the later nineteenth century.


South Asia Without Borders Seminar Series

START
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW –

To be rescheduled!

History Off Center: Writing from the Margins of Empire

Allison Busch, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Chair: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

The historiography of the Mughal Empire (1526-1857) has traditionally been the monopoly of specialists who work on Persian documents. Professor Busch shows how the use of new archives, particularly the literary genres written in classical Hindi that are her specialty, brings new domains of early modern experience—political, social, and religious—into view. She is especially interested in precolonial visions of power, justice, and community.

Co-sponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University



South Asia Book Talk Series

START
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 05:30pm

END
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War by Sarmila Bose

Chair: Richard CashSenior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Comments by Dina Mahnaz SiddiqiVisiting Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Program, Hunter College, CUNY