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SAI Event Topic : Book Talks and Films

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State

WHEN
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 from 04:00pm — 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

SAI Book Talk Jocelyne Cesari, Senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Visiting Associate professor in the Department of Government, Georgetown University; Director of Islam in the West, Harvard University Chair: Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University In this book, Jocelyne Cesari explores the relationship between modernization, politics, […]

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Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies in South Asia: Through a Peacebuilding Lens

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Tue, Sep 9, 2014 from 04:00pm — 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

SAI Book Talk Moeed Yusuf, Editor of Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Challenge and Director of South Asia Programs at the US Institute of Peace Chair: Adil Najam, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University Dr.Yusuf has studied counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency responses in many countries including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal and other non-South Asian countries. In his talk, […]

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Summer Film Series: Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)

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Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

The film is set against the backdrop of unrest in East Pakistan in the late 1960s leading up to the Bangladesh War of Liberation. In this setting, a small family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world. All film screenings are free and open […]

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Summer Film Series: Josh (Against the Grain)

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Josh is the story of Fatima’s search, despite the warning of her friends and family, for a dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village. Musically intense and colorfully raw, JOSH takes a sneak peek inside […]

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Summer Film Series: Teesri Kasam

WHEN
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

(India, 1966) After nearly getting arrested, Hiraman promises to himself that he will never assist any black-marketeer nor transport bamboo. He manages to save enough money to buy another cart, and is hired to take an attractive woman, Hira Bai, on a 30-hour ride to a Mela. He subsequently falls in love with her – little […]

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Summer Film Series: The Lady

WHEN
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

(UK/France, 2011) While Aung San Suu Kyi becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement the relationship she shares with her husband struggles to endure against a background of political turmoil and sacrifice. All films screenings are free and open to the community.

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Summer Film Series: Pakeezah

WHEN
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

(India, 1972) A girl, whose mother dies of sorrow from her husband’s family’s rejection, grows up singing and dancing like her mother. She works as a dancing girl and is courted by a prince, but can think only of a man she has never met, who left her a message on the train. She dreams […]

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Summer Film Series: Guide

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

(India, 1966) After being released from prison for Forgery and Theft, Multi-linguist Raju (Dev Anand) reflects on his life as a Guide; his meeting with the daughter of a prostitute, Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), who was unhappily married to Marco (Kishore Sahu), and wants to take up acting and dancing as a career. Rosie separates and […]

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Summer Film Series: Promise Land

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

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

With immigration as a central theme, Promise Land‘s three stories effortlessly intertwine in a gripping tale of love, conflict, and hope. These compelling narratives reveal the unique challenges and triumphs of the characters as they struggle to keep their families together and pursue their dreams in a place they have come to call home. Director […]

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Coolie Woman/Bengali Harlem: New Histories of the South Asian Diaspora

WHEN
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 from 06:00pm — 08:00pm

VENUE
MIT, Building E51 Room 325

ADDRESS
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building E51 Room 325
Corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets
Cambridge, MA

A Reading and Discussion with authors Gaiutra Bahadur & Vivek Bald Moderated by Walter Johnson Inaugurating “South Asia and Its Diasporas” A new event/lecture series co-sponsored by  MIT-India & SAI Join the Facebook event. In 1903, a young woman named Sujaria and a young man named Abdul Aziz left the port of Calcutta in separate ships, sailing […]

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The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India

WHEN
Mon, May 5, 2014 from 06:00pm — 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

SAI Book Talk Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Chair: Emma Dench, Professor of the Classics and of History, Harvard College Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of the Classics, Harvard University The claim, often made, that India—uniquely among civilizations—lacks historical writing distracts us from a more pertinent question, according […]

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Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 from 04:00pm — 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S354
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

SAI Book Talk Jeffrey Witsoe, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Union College Discussant: Rohit Chandra, PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School Hidden behind the much-touted success story of India’s emergence as an economic superpower is another, far more complex narrative of the nation’s recent history, one in which economic development is frequently countered by profoundly unsettling, and often violent, […]

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