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Mumbai: Research + Projections Social Sciences and Spatial Thinking

START
Sat, Mar 4, 2017

END
Sat, Mar 4, 2017

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA


VENUE
Harvard University

Special Event

Featuring new and largely unpublished work, this one-day conference sets up a dialogue between designers and social scientists. By connecting fine-grained micro studies with broader imaginations for the metropolitan region, we intend to open up new scalar possibilities for Mumbai.

Cosponsored with Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.

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Debrief Nepal: Reflections on a Rapid Scenario Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

START
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Hotel Yak & Yeti, Nepal

ADDRESS
Hotel Yak & Yeti
Durbar Marg
Kathmandu, Nepal

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario and other planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

High Tea to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.


Livelihood Creation in India

START
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 09:00pm

VENUE
New Delhi

Special Event

Please join the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) for the final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on ‘Livelihood Creation in India’.

High tea reception will be followed by a presentation on the impact of the project by Harvard faculty, including Professor Tarun Khanna and two panel discussions. Three publications compiled by Harvard faculty, fellows and eminent experts in the area will be released on this occasion. These include:

  • Innovation in Tradition: Rural Livelihood Creation in the Indian Crafts Sector
  • Science for Society: Science and Technology Based Social Entrepreneurship
  • Task-shifting in Healthcare: Reframing the AYUSH Debate

Location: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Number One Mansingh Road, New Delhi, DL 110011

Program:

6- 6:30 pm Tea and grantees funded by the TT-SAI program will be on display.

6:30 – 6:40   Welcome: Shashank Shah, Project Director; Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

6:40 – 6:50   Keynote by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; and release of 3 TT-SAI publications on the Crafts, Task Shifting, and Science

6:50 – 7:35   Session 1: Handicraft Sector; Moderator: Vandana Bhandari, Professor NIFT, Delhi

7:35 – 7:45   Break

7:45 – 8:30   Session 2: Science & Technology; Satya Prakash Dash, Head of Strategy at DBT, Ravi Elangovan, IIT-D, Vikram Gandhi, HBS, Asha Impact, Satchit Balsari, HSPH; Moderator: Tarun Khanna, SAI, HBS

8:30-8:35    Closing remarks: Manish Kumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (To be confirmed)

 

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Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India: Exploring New Collaborations and Engagements

START
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 09:00pm

VENUE
New Delhi

Special Event

Please join the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) for the final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on ‘Educational, Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in India’.

High tea reception will be followed by a presentation on the impact of the project by Harvard faculty – Professor Jacqueline Bhabha and Professor Martha Chen, regional experts, and a panel discussion. Three publications compiled by Harvard faculty and eminent experts in the area will be released on this occasion. These include:

  1. Triggering Success: Innovative Interventions to promote educational Access in India
  2. Interrogating the Norm: Innovative Interventions to promote gender justice and safety in India
  3. Empowering Home-based Workers in India: Solutions and Strategies

 

December 22, 6:00 – 9:00PM, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

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The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean

START
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 10:00am

END
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

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

Special Event

The interregional arena of the Indian Ocean has emerged as a connected—if not unified—field of historical study. While the case for integration had been strongly suggested by historical scholarship since the 1980s on the pre-colonial and early modern periods, comparisons and connections across the Indian Ocean in the colonial and modern eras have been a major feature of historical studies in the twenty-first century. Histories of this rich and complex arena of human interaction have taken the form of books, monographs, and research articles. These works have explored and explained important historical webs of relationships—social, economic, cultural, and political—that bound together the peoples of South Asia, Middle East, East and South Africa, and Southeast and East Asia. In so doing, scholars have transcended rigid area studies boundaries and crossed colonial and national borders in creative ways. While earlier works had focused on trade, newer studies have innovatively blended the aspects of culture and political economy.

In light of the efflorescence of work on a region of both historical and contemporary importance, Sugata Bose and Sunil Amrith have taken on the task of bringing together the best historians of the Indian Ocean to offer a grand synthesis of the scholarship of the past few decades in a two-volume The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean, under contract to Cambridge University Press. Sugata Bose is the general editor of the project, and Sunil Amrith is one of the editors of the second volume. They are joined by Engseng Ho and Tansen Sen (volume 1) and Isabel Hofmeyr (volume 2). The conference will play a pivotal role in a major scholarly endeavor, allowing the editors to hone their overview and conceptualization of the volume as a whole, while providing vital feedback to individual authors.

Learn more at the conference website.

Cosponsored with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Asia Center


DeCoding Asian Urbanism

START
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

END
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Special Event

The symposium on DeCoding Asian Urbanism explores the current discourse and creation of innovative architecture and urban interventions that are effectively transforming the spatial and operational landscape of the complex Asian city. The focus is to highlight efforts that strategically embrace the rapid growth and the cultural and physical complexity of the built environment in Asia. The symposium builds on an exhibition at the A+D Architecture +Design Museum>Los Angeles, curated by Kenneth Frampton, Ken Yeang and Farooq Ameen. The comprehensive effort including the exhibition, this symposium and accompanying publication stimulates a dialogue between designers, policy makers and public officials who are shaping the Asian city today.

Cosponsored with the Bengal Foundation and the A+D Museum, Los Angeles

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Disasters and Development in South Asia

START
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Kresge G1
Harvard School of Public Health

ADDRESS
Kresge G1
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA

Cosponsored Event

Over a year after Nepal’s earthquake, this conference brings together practitioners, policy-makers, academics, students, and experts in disaster response to examine the importance of risk mitigation, and to discuss the role of development partners, aid accountability and the role of the media in disaster response.

The overarching objectives of this symposium are to share lessons from Nepal’s efforts in disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and reconstruction; and second, to foster dialogue and create links between lessons from other South Asian countries and Nepal’s experience in disaster response. To build relationships between the panelists, Harvard faculty members, Harvard students, and members of the Nepali community in Boston, several sessions including networking lunch, reception and dinner will be organized in addition to the panel discussions. At the end of the symposium, a final report which synthesizes the main ideas and recommendations will be prepared and circulated with the explicit intention of contributing to the existing conversation on building disaster resilient systems in South Asia.

The symposium is Harvard’s first international conference focused on Nepal and is organized by the Office of the Dean of the Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal, a student group of Nepali students who have campaigned to ensure the public health community can learn from Nepal’s response to the earthquake.

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What is Islam? A Symposium in Memory of Shahab Ahmed

START
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 01:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

ADDRESS
Fong Auditorium
Boylston Hall
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA

Featuring:

Michael Cook, Islamic Studies
Noah Feldman, Law
Cemal Kafadar, History
Gülru Necipoğlu, Art History
Parimal Patil, South Asian Studies
Nicholas Watson, Medieval Studies and Religion

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Committee on the Study of Religion, with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, the South Asia Initiative, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program


Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History

START
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

END
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

VENUE
Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland Street

ADDRESS
Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Student Event

‘Global and International History: The Economic Dimension’

Financial, economic and political-economy issues have played a fundamental role in world development and continue to do so. They involve multiple agents besides the nation state; they prompt refined policy analysis; and they challenge historians to turn to the broadest range of sources and demand interdisciplinary analysis. Con-IH 16 seeks to discuss cutting-edge studies that take up the dimensions of economics in international,regional, and global historical study, for any era from Antiquity to the present, and proceeding outward from any world region.

Since its inception in 2001, the Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History (Con-IH) has developed into an annual event, organized by graduate students in International History at Harvard University. Click here to learn more.



Development in Asia

START
Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:00am

END
Fri, May 13, 2016 at 04:30pm

Workshop for those teaching high school and middle school courses on South Asia.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, B.A., Yale University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Cosponsored with Educators for Teaching South Asia, in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy, and The Groton School

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