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Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

START
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 08:30pm

VENUE
Vivanta by Taj

ADDRESS
Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226 010
India

Special Event

Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research. This event marks the launch of the book’s translation into Hindi.

6:00 – 6:30PM      Tea Reception

6:30 – 7:00PM      Welcome, Lighting of the Lamp, and Book Launch by Honorable Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

7:30-8:30PM        Panel Discussion on Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Moderated by Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

 

Please RSVP to Rashmi Patel, rpatel@hbs.edu

 


20th Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

START
Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm

END
Sun, May 15, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South, S010

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Poems of all languages are invited for recitation. All are welcome.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Poets of New England

For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra, bmisra@fas.harvard.edu
Chandu Shah, Bostonwale@gmail.com


Radical Practice: Asserting Power and Agency

START
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 06:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 08:00pm

VENUE
Piper Auditorium
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

ADDRESS
Piper Auditorium
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Cosponsored Event

Julia King, Architectural designer and urban researcher, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

Diana Al-Hadid, Designer

Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston; Adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University

Moderator:Susan Surface, Program Director at Design in Public

On March 8, 2016, Women in Design, a Harvard Graduate School of Design student group, will celebrate its third-annual International Women’s Day. Dedicated to empowering women designers, we propose an open dialogue on what it means to be a creative woman developing, challenging, and innovating her craft in the 21st century. In exploring conventional and potential modes of practice, we aim to cultivate radical alternatives to the dominant roles and methods of our fields. As we reflect on strides the design fields have made toward achieving gender equity, we see International Women’s Day 2016 as a catalytic platform to investigate how radical practice can re-situate—and revolutionize—our work.

Women in Design continues to challenge how women, as well as other underrepresented groups in the design disciplines, can work for equity across representation, compensation, and valuation. To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we have invited pioneering women practitioners across the design disciplines to engage and share their backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies of radical practice—the what, how, and why (or why not). In this spirit, we invite you to join us in questioning and speculating how, both individually and collectively, we can radically transform the design field.

Cosponsored with Women in Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Megacities Asia

START
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 08:30pm

VENUE
Auditorium, Arthur M. Sackler Building

ADDRESS
Auditorium, Arthur M. Sackler Building
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 0213

Special Event

In collaboration with the upcoming “Megacities Asia” exhibition on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from April 3 to July 17, 2016, this event will bring together artists and academics to examine contemporary Asian megacities including Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Discussions will focus on the built environment in these cities, how we think about concepts of modern versus vernacular, formal versus informal, and the impact  of rapid urbanization on inhabitants of cities from Mumbai to Shanghai.

Sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cosponsored by Harvard’s Asia Center, Department of Art and Architecture, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

 

5:30 – 6 pm      Megacities Asia

Introduction: Tarun KhannaDirector, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

With towering masses of stainless steel vessels, vast quantities of colorful plastic wares, crowded arrangements of discarded architectural elements, and other such accumulations, artists in Megacities Asia including Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, and Mumbai are creating work that reflects the unprecedented wave of urbanization that has swept the region over the last fifty years.

6 – 7 pm           Modern – Vernacular, City – Nature: Imaginations of the New India

Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Sciences, University of Minnesota

Chitra Venkataramani, South Asian Studies Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute

Asim Waqif, Artist and Architect

Chair: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Responding to the examples in the Megacities Asia exhibit, this conversation will focus on the politics and pluralities of architecture and urban planning in Delhi and Mumbai

 

7 – 7:15 pm     Break

7:15 – 8:30 pm Inhabiting Asian Cities

Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Hu Xiangcheng, Artist

Chair: Laura WeinsteinAnanda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This panel will explore the dynamism of urban life in Asia, both its material and immaterial aspects, in comparative perspective. Panelists will discuss urban planning in relation to the lives and livelihoods of city dwellers in South Asia, China, and Japan

 


Opening reception: Altered State: Painting in Myanmar in a Time of Transition

START
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 04:30pm

END
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

Cosponsored Event

‘Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition,’ an exhibit of paintings will be on display Thursday, February 4 – Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Seminar on February 19: Freedom and Fear in Myanmar with Ian Holliday,Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong

Cosponsored with the Asia Center


Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of Transition

START
Thu, Feb 4, 2016

END
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

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

An exhibit of paintings on display in the CGIS South Concourse, February 4-22, 2016

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the South Asia Institute

**A seminar related to the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:15 p.m. in S153, CGIS South with speaker Ian Holliday, The University of Hong Kong



Reflections: A Conversation with Salim and Sulaiman Merchant

START
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00pm

END
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 01:30pm

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
Thompson Room
Barker Center
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Read a summary of the event here.

Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, Musicians and composers

Moderator: Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

The Merchant brothers, Salim and Sulaiman, rank among the most dynamic and talented musicians and composers in South Asia today. The breadth and range of their musical ability attests to their intrinsic genius: from award winning musical scores and compositions in Indian and American cinema to collaborations with some of the most talented and ground-breaking musicians of our times.  Salim and Sulaiman will reflect on their musical careers and some of their widely acclaimed compositions inspired by Islam’s rich tradition of spirituality and artistic expression.

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program


Viewpoints: Kumbh Mela, Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

START
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 06:30pm

END
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 08:00pm

VENUE
Asia Society, New York

ADDRESS
725 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021

Dhruv Kazi, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology), Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Center for Healthcare Value, University of California San Francisco, Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital

Tarun KhannaDirector of Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Rahul MehrotraProfessor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Facilitated by Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder The Giving Back Foundation; Advisory Council Member, SAI

Purchase tickets here.

The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers on the plains of northern India. Since its inception early in the first millennium CE, the Kumbh Mela has become the largest public gathering in the world. Today it draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of a few weeks. The most recent observance of the festival took place from January 14 to February 25, 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people.

Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India to analyze issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

The faculty leaders, representing Harvard Business School, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research.

Book sale to follow.

Cosponsored by the Asia Society.

Read a summary of the event here.


 


Nepal – In Memoriam: Closing Reception and Fundraiser

START
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 05:00pm

END
Thu, Oct 29, 2015

VENUE
CGIS Knafel Concourse

ADDRESS
CGIS Knafel Concourse
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Photographs by Grzegorz Ekiert

Ongoing exhibit through October 29, 2015

Closing reception and fundraiser: Thursday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.

This exhibit is designed to raise funds for SAI’s Nepal Research and Reconstruction Fund. It provides support for projects in Nepal developed in partnership with local organizations, with a focus on Nepal’s long-term reconstruction. Visit the Harvard for Nepal website to reserve and purchase these limited edition photographs taken in Kathmandu during 2007 and 2009 or  to make donation to the Fund.

Click here to learn how to reserve photos.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the South Asia Institute, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Korea Institute


Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity Exhibition

START
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

END
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

VENUE
India Habitat Centre

ADDRESS
India Habitat Centre
Delhi, India

Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India, to the Kumbh Mela site in 2013, to analyze issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

On display at the Experimental Art Gallery from Tuesday, August 18th to Sunday, August 23rd.


Rahul Roy Film Festival: Till We Meet Again Screening & Panel Discussion on Masculinity and Gender Violence in South Asia

START
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 06:30pm

VENUE
Yenching Auditorium

ADDRESS
Yenching Auditorium
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Geeta Aiyer, Founder, Direct Action for Women Now Worldwide (DAWN)

Elora Halim Chowdhury, Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, U-Mass Boston

Beena Sarwar, Editor, Aman ki Asha, Jang Group Pakistan; former Nieman Fellow and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Rahul RoyDirector

Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

In 1999 the film, When four friends meet, ends with the promise that the four young men who are the main protagonists of the film and the director will meet again in ten years. They do meet again in 2012 and the world seems to have changed in the years that have gone by. The four friends are now married, have children and entirely new ideas like the share market have made an entry into what was a working class resettlement area of Delhi. The documentary (90 min, 2013) explores through the everyday of four men the experience of a changing Delhi and how it intersects with their marriage, children, families and work. The documentary criss-crosses between 1998 and 2012 to set up a story that spans more than a decade and brings us up close to the unpredictability of life as well as continuities that belie any simple answers to the idea of the city, its working populations, change and men.

 

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian StudiesHarvard Asia Center, Political Anthropology Working Group, The Sensory Ethnography Lab, and The Film Study Center