Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, is a historian of India’s built environment and is particularly interested in the impact of colonialism and nationalism on the architectural, urban, and preservation cultures of modern South Asia. Her first monograph Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi (University of Chicago Press, 2016) traces the modern lives of five medieval monuments in India’s capital city, Delhi, and brings attention to their contested histories, unexpected uses, and ideological appropriations by state and non-state actors. This book received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 2018.
She is currently developing two new research projects. The first traces the built works of Begum Samru—a wealthy dowager who rose from modest beginnings as a dancing girl to become the independent ruler of a prosperous territory in nineteenth-century North India. The second, and more ambitious project, investigates the various architectural products built, commissioned, and patronized by the Tata Corporation during India’s long twentieth-century transformation from a European colony to a socialist nation and most recently to an economically-liberal state eager to participate in global markets.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 06:00pm
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:30pm
Join Vijayendra Rao in a seminar discussing his paper “Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Analysis of Indian Village Assemblies” (Co-authored with R. Parthasarathy and N. Palaniswamy).
Vijayendra (Biju) Rao, a Lead Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank, integrates his training in economics with theories and methods from anthropology, sociology and political science to study the social, cultural, and political context of extreme poverty in developing countries.
He leads the Social Observatory, an inter-disciplinary effort to improve the conversation between citizens and governments. It does this – first – by improving the quality of civic action by strengthening forums for deliberation and developing tools to facilitate collective action, and – second – by building the “adaptive capacity” of large-scale anti-poverty projects; i.e. the ability of projects to make everyday decisions, and modify project design, on the basis of high-quality descriptive, evaluative and process-oriented information.
His research has spanned a wide variety of subjects including participatory development, deliberative democracy, the rise in dowries in India, the determinants and consequences of domestic violence, the economics of sex work, public celebrations, and culture and development policy.
The paper he will be discussing during this seminar can be accessed here.
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 02:00pm
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 04:00pm
The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute’s Visiting Artist Fellowship (VAF) is an eight-week research fellowship at Harvard that connects artists from South Asia to Harvard’s intellectual resources. The Fellowship provides a platform for conducting independent research that explores critical issues in South Asia through the lens of art and design. The program welcomes applications from mid-career artists in South Asia to come to Harvard University to participate in interdisciplinary discourse with students and faculty on global issues relevant to South Asia.
In this lecture, these fellows will discuss the work they have created over the past year, and comment on their experience during their time in Cambridge.
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 04:30pm
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 06:00pm
Join us for our ongoing India Seminar Series to discuss the growing challenge of Water Fluorosis, in a discussion titled, ‘Tackling Fluorosis: Innovative technology as a solution to the spreading health crisis’
There are about 66 million people in India suffering from toxic levels of fluoride in their drinking water, these are mostly poor people in rural communities in dry / arid area that must depend of groundwater as their drinking water source. Fluoride is a vicious toxic ion in the sense that it affects and attacks the poor far more aggressively that it affects those nutritionally better off. It also is very effective in ruining the lives of very young people who then suffer from serious bone deformation (skeletal fluorosis) and its harmful economic, social, and psychological effects.
The panelists for this discussion include,
– Dr. Andrew Z. Haddad- ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
– Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy- Founder and CEO, Sattva Consulting
– Dr. Sunderrajan Krishnan- Executive Director, INREM Foundation
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Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 06:00pm
Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 08:00pm
Join Jacqueline Bhabha and Elizabeth Donger for a discussion about prevention science in child protection, with a focus on India. This seminar, with support from the Harvard University Asia Center, will explore the early findings of a research project that examines community-level strategies to prevent violence, abuse, and exploitation of children in India. The project involves three separate evaluations of harm prevention programs run by innovative Indian nonprofits in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Telangana. The study is intended as a corrective to the dominant focus on remedies targeting already-occurred violations of children’s fundamental rights. It will enable further research in this field and will guide policy development, shifting child protection inputs and outcomes from after harm is done to before harm occurs.
Jacqueline Bhabha is a professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Elizabeth Donger is a Research Associate at the Harvard FXB Center.
This event is co-sponsored by the FXB Center for Human Rights.
Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 04:30pm
Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 06:00pm
JOINT SEMINAR ON SOUTH ASIAN POLITICS SERIES
Francesca R. Jensenius, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Francesca Jensenius specializes in comparative politics, comparative political economy, and research methods, with a regional focus on South Asia and Latin America. Her main research interest is how institutional design and electoral dynamics affect different types of inequality. In the book Social Justice through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India (OUP 2017), she explored long-term effects of electoral quotas for the Scheduled Castes in India. In current projects she focus on the relationship between political institutions, electoral dynamics, and local-level development patterns in India, as well as on a how legal regimes and legal change across the world differentially affect women and other marginalized communities.
Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 02:00pm
Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 04:00pm
As part of our ongoing India Seminar Series, we are partnering with Sangath and It’s Ok To Talk for an event titled ‘Unspoken Story’ with Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School, in a conversation about mental health. This event is supported by Welcome Trust and the American Centre, and is also in partnership with Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), USA.
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 04:30pm
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 06:30pm
Ziipao posits that road building has always been an act of power, which has at different times been leveraged to smooth relationships, securing borders, (dis)connecting people, enabling trade, creating spaces of contestation, or diluting boundaries between varied ethnic groups. Read Raile’s recent blog on the People’s Road.
Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
Seminar Hall 3, Kamala Devi Complex
India International Centre
Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110001
Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 06:00pm
Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 07:30pm