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Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement

Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement

Urban conservation is often a pressing challenge in historic Indian cities experiencing the pressures of development. Many cities, often lacking any viable local-level policy and enforcement, have resorted to alternative tools, often citizen-led, to accomplish the goal of conservation. This seminar will explore the tools of advocacy, politics, and civic engagement through recent examples from the city of Lucknow in northern India.

Royal City Invented: Mysore in the 20th Century

Royal City Invented: Mysore in the 20th Century

After the 1880s, Mysore was established as the home of the royal family. Despite its interrupted and uncertain status as a “capital” city, it became the site of an experiment in ornamentalism by the 20th century. It was among the first cities in India to have a City Improvement Trust in 1903, a few years after the Bombay Improvement Trust was set up in 1898. In the Trust’s negotiations with the municipality on the one hand, and the Palace establishment on the other, we see a specific form of material and temporal “ordering” that drew as much on the sovereign power of the monarch — though mediated by an increasingly powerful bureaucracy — as on a creative adaptation of the diverse forces, techniques, and devices more properly associated with “governmentality.” How does the invention of Royal Mysore challenge existing conceptions of the colonial city as a site of modernity?

Speaker:

Janaki Nair, Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier

Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier

Delusional States is the first in-depth study of state-making and social change in Gilgit-Baltistan, a Shia-majority region of Sunni-dominated Pakistan and a contested border area that forms part of disputed Kashmir. Ali will discuss how Gilgit-Baltistan’s image within Pakistan as an idyllic paradise overlooks how the region is governed as a suspect security zone and dispossessed through multiple processes of state-making, including representation, militarization, and sectarianized education.

Speakers:

Nosheen Ali, Karti Dharti, Institute for Ecological Studies, Pakistan

Ali Asani, Harvard University, will moderate the discussion

Macabre Social Capital: The Families of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Tayyaba

Macabre Social Capital: The Families of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Tayyaba

Lashkar-e-Tayyaba is the most competent, lethal, and loyal proxy of the Pakistani state, operating in India, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in South Asia and beyond. In this presentation, C. Christine Fair will draw from a narrative analysis of a ten percent random sample of nearly 1,000 biographies of slain LeT fighters to delve into the battlefield motivation of the fighters. She will reveal the dark role that families play in a young man’s decision to fight in Pakistani terrorist organizations, deriving various forms of social capital from a male family member’s participation in so-called “jihad.”

Speaker:

C. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Moderator:

Kristin E. Fabbe, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Data Privacy 3.0: Are We Ready for AI in South Asia?

Data Privacy 3.0: Are We Ready for AI in South Asia?

How can India take advantage of data to achieve its developmental objectives while balancing the need for personal privacy? The recently implemented Account Aggregator framework tries to establish a digital consent architecture to allow post-collection transfers of data. This will unlock a number of financial models to serve those who are not currently part of the formal banking systems. But at the same time, this can have a serious impact on personal privacy. A similar model is being attempted in the health system, and that too has similar repercussions. The speakers on this panel will delve into the interplay between data transfer and personal privacy in both the financial and healthcare systems.

Speakers:

Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal, India
I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Moderator: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, the Mittal Institute

This event is co-sponsored by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Raj Rewal: Timeless Rasa & the Spirit of Our Times for Epic Works

Raj Rewal: Timeless Rasa & the Spirit of Our Times for Epic Works

Raj Rewal is internationally recognized for the creation of buildings that respond with sensitivity to the complex demands of rapid urbanization, climate, and culture. Earlier in his career, his focus on low-cost housing led him to design a large number of dwelling units, fragmented into smaller aggregations enclosing a variety of spaces for different building types — an experience that led him to create a series of public projects in a humane manner, for works of epic proportions. Rewal will discuss his past work in public housing, the lessons learned from the cities of Rajasthan, Mediterranean villages, and high-density developments, and how the study of the existing traditional pattern of living can provide cues for place-making that can promote community activities.

Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments are bypassing democratic norms and embracing populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, the speakers on this panel will discuss what nationalist and populist leadership means for Brazil, India, and the global political system at large.

Speakers:

Rachel Brule, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and iNternational and Public Affairs, Brown University

This event is co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Mobilities and Immobilities: Histories of Modern Migration to and in the Americas

Mobilities and Immobilities: Histories of Modern Migration to and in the Americas

This workshop consists of pre-circulated papers. Please contact the author directly for a copy of their paper. Each hour of discussion will follow the same model: 5-7 minutes of speaking time for the author, a 30-35 minute forum in which workshop participants discuss the paper without a response from the author, a 5 minute faculty response, and 3-5 minutes of response from the author. Meals and snacks will be provided for all participants.

Location
Thursday, September 12: William James Hall 1550
Friday, September 13: Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room

Keynote
The Commerce (Clause) in Sex and Migration in the Life of Lucille de Saint-Andre
Grace Peña Delgado, University of California, Santa Cruz
Comments: Walter Johnson, Harvard University

The Fears Have Gone Away: Exploring the Roots of Insurgent Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland

The Fears Have Gone Away: Exploring the Roots of Insurgent Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland

In India, subaltern groups must resort to the universalizing vocabulary of citizenship in order to stake claims for redistribution and recognition. But on what basis do they do this — especially under severe coercion? Alf Nilsen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, will explore this question by investigating movement patterns in the Bhil heartland of western India, where Adivasi communities have organized and mobilized against the tyranny of the local state.

Translating Public Health Research into Policy and Action

Translating Public Health Research into Policy and Action
In this lecture, K. Vish Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will discuss public health research and its relationship with policy and action.  Refreshments will be served. This event is...

Rethinking Mizo Nationalism in Contemporary India

Rethinking Mizo Nationalism in Contemporary India

In this talk, Roluahpuia, the Mittal Institute’s 2018-19 Raghunathan Family Fellow, will explore how and why politics among the Mizos continue to remain nationalistic in India and how to understand this phenomenon in contemporary India. This discussion will be moderated by Virginius Xaxa, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Development.

Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension

Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension

As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Professor Michael Witzel from Harvard University will lead a conference titled “Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension.” Ritual has played a major role in Hindu societies, from the Vedas to modern times, and it has been particularly prominent in Nepalese society. It accompanies individuals from morning until night, from birth to death, and it shapes the customs of society throughout the year. This conference will explore some of the rituals, past and present, that are typical for Nepal. Stress is put on the extensive documentation that has been carried out over the past few decades, with a particular focus on fire rituals.

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