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Quarter Number 4/11 – Film Event

START
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE & TIME

 

Ranu Ghosh, Documentary Director and Screenplay Writer

Jaya Bhagat, Edward S. Mason Fellow 2013, Harvard Kennedy School

Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Quarter Number 4/11 is a ground zero perspective of urban real estate development, as witnessed by director/cinematographer Ranu Ghosh and narrated through the plight of an ex-factory worker Shambhu Prasad Singh, a victim of this development in Calcutta’s South City, a residential complex-cum-shopping mall-cum-school for the wealthy. It is about one man’s lone, long, losing fight to hold on to his ground where he was born, grew up and earned his living. It is the narrative of a man who is being forced to evacuate his ground to make space for ‘development’

Reception prior to Film Screening at 5:30 PM, Film begins at 6:00 PM


Public Health at the World’s Largest Gathering

START
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 03:30pm

END
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
Harvard School of Public Health

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

A Field Report from India’s Kumbh Mela

 

Panel discussion and Q & A with HSPH Kumbh Mela Team

Featuring:

Satchit Balsari MD, MPH: Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights • Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Director, Global Emergency Medicine Program / Weill Cornell Medical College • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2002
Gregg Greenough MD, MPH: Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative • Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School • Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Reception to Follow


Parallel Connections: The Healing Touch of South Asian Visual Art

START
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

Moderated by: Dr. Bruce Chabner, Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director of Clinical Research, MGH Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Panelists:
Dr. Joel KatzAssociate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Elizabeth GaufbergAssistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University
Exhibiting artists and panelists include:
Kyle Lindholm, Vandana Sharma, Dr. George Taylor, and Rachna Tiwari.

Parallel Connections: Music and Dance in South Asia Reception and Exhibition

START
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 06:00pm

END
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 09:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Welcome remarks: Parimal PatilProfessor, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Moderated by: Laura WeinsteinAnanda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Panelists and exhibitors:

Visual Arts: Pragati Sharma, Jyoti Joshi, Don Perrault, and Sunanda Sahay 
Music: Warren Senders
Dance: Ranjani Saigal

Reception, exhibition viewing, and live folk art demonstration from 6:00-7:00pm in the CGIS Knafel Concourse, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, to be followed by a seminar with Laura Weinstein moderating in CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

 


Oracular Speech, Collective Intention, and the Ideology of Absence

START
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:15pm

END
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 02:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Case Studies from India

Professor William S. Sax, Chair of Ethnology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

“Possession” by gods and spirits is often accompanied by an ideology of absence, according to which those “possessed” have no memory of what they experienced or said during their trance.  Yet many aspects of such events seem to contradict this ideology: petitioners try to influence oracles before they go into trance, oracles’ statements while in trance appear to serve their own interests, the oracles directly or indirectly indicate that they can indeed remember what was said, etc. This leads to the question, “Who is really speaking when the oracle speaks?”  I suggest an answer this question, based on ethnographic material from Rawain in the Central Himalayas. Here there is a well-developed system of “divine kingship” in which local gods rule small territories and solve disputes, partly by making authoritative statements through their oracles. I argue that in many cases, oracles are in fact articulating the collective intention of the communities they represent.

 

Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center


Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Series

START
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Religion, Historiography, and the Emergence of Islamic Empire in India

Blain H. Auer, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University Study of Religion

Amidst dramatic political and social changes, Delhi and its sultans stood in a new, elevated relationship of power to the Muslim world. In this context, Blain Auer, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University draws attention to the multiple ways Muslim historians, who functioned under state patronage, narrated the religious values of Islamic courts and their sovereigns through the creative process of history writing. Historians demonstrated their sultans’ affinity, equality and superiority to the exemplary religious figures of Islamic history: the pre-Islamic prophets, Muhammad, the early caliphs and Sufi shaykhs. While aligning the history of the sultans of Delhi with an idealized and universal history of Islam, the Delhi Sultanate was projected as an Islamic empire with the mandate of divine guidance. This work makes a significant contribution to understanding Islamic ideals of religious and political authority at the foundation of Islamic empires. It is essential reading for those with an interest in religion, history, Islamic studies and South Asia.

Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Watch the video footage:

Religion, Historiography, and the Emergence of Islamic Empire in India from The South Asia Initiative on Vimeo


Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Series

START
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

Muslim Devotional Art in India

Yousuf Saeed, Independent Researcher and Filmmaker Based in Delhi, India

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University Study of Religion

Yousuf Saeed reads and illustrates from his new book Muslim Devotional Art in India. The presentation will conclude with a musical video “The Train to Heaven” produced by the author. Yousuf Saeed is an independent filmmaker, archivist and author, having produced several well known documentary films such as Khayal Darpan, Basant, Jannat ki Rail and Qasba Sanskriti. He is also the director of Tasveer Ghar, a digital archive of Indian popular visual culture.
Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies

 

 

 

Muslim Devotional Art in India from The South Asia Initiative on Vimeo


Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

START
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 04:30pm

END
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

The Cost of Condemnation: Heresy and Takfir in a South Indian Community

Brian DidierHistory Department Head, Winsor School

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University

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

Read the report by Nabil Khan, Harvard Divinity School ‘13 and Vice-President, Harvard Pakistan Students Group.

 


Meera Nam Joker (My Name Is Joker)

START
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 07:00pm

END
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 09:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1970

Kapoor’s legendary film maudit, about a mopey, love-obsessed clown and his three pathetically failed love affairs is a compulsively watchable, astonishing train wreck of a film.



Knowledge Exchange Platform: Frontiers in Neuroscience

START
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:30am

END
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 07:00pm

VENUE
IIT Delhi Campus

ADDRESS
IIT Delhi Campus
Delhi, India

Join Venkatesh Murthy, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision & Computational Neuroscience, MIT, and speakers from industry, government and business for a day long conference on the landscape of neuroscience, as part of this summer’s Resonance Knowledge Exchange platform on focused on building research and business for the advancement of neuroscience.

Made possible through a collaboration between MIT, Harvard, and IIT Delhi, the goal of this initiative is to introduce talented Indian students to the exciting gamut of brain science. 25 highly talented students from across India have been chosen following a highly competitive selection process to participate in a two-week immersion workshop that will allow them to explore some of the most exciting research topics in neuroscience.

More information about the Resonance initiative can be found here. Click here for more details and to register for this public event.


Jagte Raho (Stay Awake)

START
Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 04:30pm

END
Sun, Sep 16, 2012

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1956

A Chaplinesque tramp gets more than he bargained for when he wanders into a luxury apartment building in search of a glass of water.