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SAI Event Type : Conferences and Symposiums


Sat, May 12, 2018 from 08:00am - 09:00pm  /  Harvard Faculty Club

Bangladesh Rising: Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: The Economist reported last September that it is “a good moment to celebrate Bangladesh’s economic progress. Its annual growth has averaged more than 6% over the past ten years and has run above 7% over the past two.” More than celebrating, Bangladesh Rising conference will discuss how Bangladesh can maintain its momentum, and potentially accelerate the growth achieved in the last decade. The conference will host practitioners, academics, and high-level government officials to discuss the ways the country can advance further and avoid pitfalls. It will include important topics such as financial inclusion, foreign investment, generation and provision of electricity, and sustainable development goals, among others.

REGISTRATIONhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/bangladesh-rising-2018-international-conference-at-harvard-university-tickets-43058369743

EVENT WEBSITE: https://growthlab.cid.harvard.edu/files/growthlab/files/bangladesh_full_program_may_10.pdf?m=1525959012

SPEAKERS: 

  • Ricardo Hausmann, Director of Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
  • Stuart L. Hart, Professor, University of Vermont, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World
  • Charles Lacy, Angel investor in Bangladesh, President of Barred Rock Fund and former President of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Nasrul Hamid, MP, State Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh
  • Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator at Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office
  • Kazi Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
  • Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority
  • Mashiur Rahman, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Bangladesh
  • Roger Wagner, Expert lawyer in energy sector
  • Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of Summit Group
  • Deepesh Nanda, CEO of Gas Power Systems, GE South Asia at GE Power
  • Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director at Microsoft Bangladesh
  • Anika Chowdhury, Head of Business Development at Square Pharmaceuticals
  • Farzana Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO at Green Delta Insurance
  • Tanjib-ul-Alam, Head of Tanjib Alam & Associates
  • Mainuddin Monem, Managing Director at Abdul Monem Economic Zone
  • Jamaluddin Ahmed, General Secretary, Bangladesh Economic Association
  • Ahmad Zuaiter, Founder and Managing Partner at Jadara Capital Partners
  • Meera Narayanaswamy, Senior Investment Officer, Global Financial Markets at IFC

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Sat, May 12, 2018 at 08:00am

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Sat, May 12, 2018 at 09:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Faculty Club

ADDRESS
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mon, May 7, 2018 from 01:00pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present

As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Leonard van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, will lead a conference titled “Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present.” Based on medieval documents and modern practice, this conference will explore the spread and development of Buddhism in the India-Nepal-Tibet corridor.

 

Conference Schedule:

1-1:30 PM THE NEWAR LUMBINI VIHARA PROJECT 
Naresh Man Bajracharya, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal

1:30-2 PM  A BUDDHIST CONTEMPLATIVE FROM MUKTINĀTH: TENZIN REPA (1646-1723) 
Kurtis R. Schaeffer, The Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

2-2:30 PM  THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND CIVIC GROUPS IN THE REVITALIZATION OF BUDDHISM IN KATHMANDU 
Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Professor of Linguistics and Chair of Social Science Baha, Nepal

2:30-2:45 Q & A

2:45-3:15 PM Coffee/Chai Break

3:15-3:45 PM  MAPPING ASAN: DOCUMENTING RELIGIOUS SITES AND URBAN TRADITIONS 
Todd T. Lewis, Murray Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities, Professor of Asian Religions, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA

3:45-4:25 PM  A NEWAR LHASA TRADING FAMILY: FROM ARCHIVE TO HISTORY 
Siddhartha Tuladhar, Senior Research Officer of New ERA, Pvt. Ltd., Nepal 

4:25-4:55 PM  A TIBETAN SANSKRIT SCHOLAR IN THE KATHMANDU VALLEY: THE CASE OF KHRO PHU LOTSAWA (1173-1236) 
Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

4:55-5:15 PM Q & A

5:15-6 PM Reception

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Mon, May 7, 2018 at 01:00pm

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Mon, May 7, 2018 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Sat, April 14, 2018 - Sun, April 15, 2018  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Islam symposium

From the rise of ISIS and militant extremism in the context of an eroding Arab state system to the intensification of the Iran-Saudi cold war in the wake of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, the dire consequences of Shi’a-Sunni sectarianism and conflict—which can tear apart the societies of the Islamic world—have never been greater in modern history. Now more than ever, dialogue both within the Islamic tradition and between different religious groups is critical for the future peace, stability, and prosperity of the Middle East, the broader Islamic world, and transnational Muslim communities across the globe, including in Europe and North America.

In conjunction with serious attempts to place different Muslim faith traditions in conversation, it is equally pressing that the U.S. policy making world and scholarly community is objectively informed and knowledgeable of the relevant issues and perspectives at hand in order to make a positive impact on policy and enable the grounds for peaceful conflict resolution. The First Annual Symposium on Islam, Dialogue, and Sectarian De-Escalation at the Harvard Kennedy School has gathered a diversity of voices from leading scholars, religious authorities, civic community leaders, and policymakers alike to push forward analytical understanding and dialogue on the pressing topic of sectarianism in the Muslim world.

The symposium is convened by the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Iran Project and co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies, the Asia Center, the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Date: Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15
Location: CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Learn more at the Belfer Center Website. 

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Sat, Apr 14, 2018

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Sun, Apr 15, 2018

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CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sat, February 10, 2018 - Sun, February 11, 2018

India Conference 2018

The India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences focusing on India in the USA. It takes place at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, and is organized by graduate students at Harvard University.

In 2018, the India Conference will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists and many others.

SAI is a co-sponsor of this event.

Conference Website

List of Speakers

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Sat, Feb 10, 2018

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Sun, Feb 11, 2018

Fri, February 2, 2018 - Sat, February 10, 2018

The Dhaka Art Summit

Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University will be on two panel discussions at the Dhaka Arts Summit (DAS) in February 2018.

The first panel is titled “Rising Oceans and Conflict: From Bangladesh to Planetary Scale.” This panel brings together artists, architects, and curators, to locate Bangladesh and the rising waters of the world’s oceans at the frontier of global climate change. The panel will explore the agency of cross-disciplinary research on oceans and investigative tools of Forensic Architecture for gathering and presenting evidence on environmental destruction.

The second panel is titled “Diving deeper into Bangladesh, the Oceans, the Pacific, and Forms of Justice.” This discussion between artist, architect, academic, politician and curator draws links between environmental and political violence connected to the exhibition a beast, a god, and a line and artist Nabil Ahmed’s research on Bangladesh and the Pacific.

The Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia. With a core focus on Bangladesh, DAS re-examines how we think about these forms of art in both a regional and an international context. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation—who continue to produce the festival—in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, DAS is hosted every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. 

Rejecting the traditional biennale format to create a more generative space for art and exchange, DAS’s interdisciplinary programme concentrates its endeavors towards the advancement and promotion of South Asia’s contemporary and historic creative communities. Led by Chief Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, local and international guest curators from leading institutions are commissioned to conduct research across South Asia, unlocking new areas of inquiry to build collaborative group exhibitions and experimental writing initiatives, as well as film and talks programmes.

For each edition of DAS, Bangladeshi artists shortlisted for the Samdani Art Award exhibit their work under the guidance of an international guest curator. Organised in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, the Award has created an internationally recognized platform for the work of young Bangladeshi artists. Many shortlisted artists have later exhibited in international exhibitions and institutions, including the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); curated by_vienna, Austria (2016); 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016); 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Australia (2017); and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2017).   

Expanding this support further, DAS 2018 will introduce two new platforms. The Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum will recognize the importance of Bangladesh’s independently established and self-funded art initiatives by providing space and curatorial support for these groups to showcase their work during DAS. The Samdani Architecture Award invites architecture students across Bangladesh to submit proposals for the design of DAS 2018’s Education Pavilion. The winning individual or group will construct a pavilion to house DAS’s rich educational programming—including lectures, events, workshops, and dialogues—which is currently being developed by an international curriculum committee.

All of DAS’s exhibitions are supported by an ambitious commissions programme, which invites internationally acclaimed contemporary artists related to South Asia to create new work. Past commissions include Lynda Benglis, Simryn Gill, Po Po and Pablo Bartholomew, along with and some of the most exciting emerging names from the region: Ayesha Sultana, Waqas Khan, Munem Wasif, and many more. 

Celebrated for its critically acclaimed exhibitions by local and international arts professionals, many of DAS’s past projects have toured internationally to venues and festivals, including the Berlin Biennale; the Gwangju Biennale; the Singapore Biennale; the Queens Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; the Office for Contemporary Art Norway; and the San Jose Museum of Art, USA; to name just a few. 

In an effort to encourage international arts professionals to travel to Bangladesh to develop exhibitions that include the work of South Asian artists, a new DAS Research Fellows programme has been launched to support artistic research in Bangladesh between each edition of DAS. This initiative has supported the work of curators from Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; to name just a few.

Free to the public and ticketless, DAS 2016 drew over 138,000 local and 800 international visitors across its four-day duration. Extending its duration to nine days, the fourth edition of the summit, DAS 2018, will be held from February 2–10, 2018. For the first time in its history, DAS will seek to create new connections between South, South East Asia, and the Indian Ocean belt, exhibiting artists from Thailand, Malaysia, Madagascar, the Philippines, and several other countries.

 

SAI is a research partner of The Dhaka Art Summit.

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Fri, Feb 2, 2018

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Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Fri, January 5, 2018 from 10:00am - 04:00pm  /  Yalamaya Kendra: Patan Dhoka: Lalitpur

Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present

 As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Leonard van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, will lead a conference titled “Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present.” Based on medieval documents and modern practice, this conference will explore the spread and development of Buddhism in the India-Nepal-Tibet corridor.

 

“Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present”

JANUARY 5, 2018
10AM-12PM, 2-4PM
Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur

 

Conference Schedule:

THE NEWAR LUMBINI VIHARA PROJECT
Naresh Man Bajracharya
Professor of Buddhist Studies and Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal

A BUDDHIST CONTEMPLATIVE FROM MUKTINĀTH: TENZIN REPA (1646-1723)
Kurtis R. Schaeffer
The Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND CIVIC GROUPS IN THE REVITALIZATION OF BUDDHISM IN KATHMANDU
Nirmal Man Tuladhar
Professor of Linguistics and Chair of Social Science Baha, Nepal

MAPPING ASAN: DOCUMENTING RELIGIOUS SITES AND URBAN TRADITIONS
Todd T. Lewis
Murray Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities, Professor of Asian Religions, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA

A NEWAR LHASA TRADING FAMILY: FROM ARCHIVE TO HISTORY
Siddhartha Tuladhar,
Senior Research Officer of New ERA, Pvt. Ltd., Nepal 

A TIBETAN SANSKRIT SCHOLAR IN THE KATHMANDU VALLEY: THE CASE OF KHRO PHU LOTSAWA (1173-1236)
Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp
Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

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Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 10:00am

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Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 04:00pm

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 04:00pm to
Sun, October 15, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010  /  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium XVIII

ACSAA Symposium web banner

October 12 – October 15, 2017

Harvard South Asia Institute is proud to co-sponsor the biennial American Council for Southern Asian Art Symposium. ACSAA symposia serve as opportunities to meet colleagues, reconnect with mentors and graduate school cohorts, and share one’s current research with the field. From senior scholars to graduate students, ACSAA symposia are one of the primary ways ACSAA members gather and support one another, share ideas with a group of like-minded colleagues, and participate in the ACSAA community. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Boston/Cambridge, MA!

ACSAA 2017 Organizers

Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture
Laura Weinstein, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the ACSAA

The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, a color slide project, a microfiche archive and outreach materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).

 

For more information about this conference, please visit our website: https://mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/acsaa2017/

START
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

COST: $50-$180

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


VENUE
MFA, Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156)

ADDRESS
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Fri, September 15, 2017 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm  /  Kings College London  /  Strand London WC2R 2LS UK

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

 

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and King’s India Institute invite you to a program on The 1947 Partition of British India.

Join us in London for a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India and launch SAI’s major research project in one of the most important global hubs for the South Asian diaspora and the city in which many of the decisions of 1947 were made.

We have much to learn from the Partition about the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements. Such lessons can inform current cross-border displacement and the corresponding growth of urban settlements and cities.

Reception: 6:00-6:30pm
Panel discussion: 6:30-8:00pm

Panelists:
Sona Datta, Writer and Broadcaster
Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Jennifer Leaning, T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Ian Talbot, Department of History, University of Southampton
Discussant: Louise Tillin, Interim Director, King’s India Institute

RSVP to Hasit at hshah@fas.harvard.edu.

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Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 06:00pm

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Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 08:00pm

Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.

The inaugural event of the Harvard SAI Liberal Arts Education Workshop will be held on August 19-20, 2017, at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education. This workshop will allow Harvard SAI to initiate a multi-year engagement convening on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas.

Eligibility

This workshop is available for university faculty, administrators, and leadership only. Please include your title, affiliation, and university email when you register.

 

Register by Friday, July 7. Learn more here.