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Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

START
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Virtual via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/99118872916
Stream via YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/JgegRQEm1UY

Moderators

  • Dr. Elora Chowdhury, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

Speakers

  • Taslima Akhter, Photographer and Organizer, Bangladesh Garments Sramik Shanghati
  • Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Dr. Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Dr. Nafisa Tanjeem, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesley University

The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

Bangladeshi local labor rights organizers are urging the garment factory owners and the Bangladesh government to stop laying off workers, pay the unpaid salary, and enact health safety protocols at the workplace. On the other hand, Bangladeshi garment factory owners and international labor rights groups are exclusively targeting the global brands and asking them to take responsibility for the workers. What is missing in the local and global COVID-19 organizing initiatives is an understanding of how focusing exclusively on either the global brands or the local Bangladeshi actors – such as the government and the factory owners – creates an unfortunate disjuncture between local and global labor organizing priorities and fails to address global capitalism’s creative ways of feminizing and racializing garment workers’ bodies and labor across the supply chain.

By bringing together labor rights organizers and critical scholars, this webinar addresses: How can we move beyond the spotlight approach of focusing on one actor of the apparel supply chain at a time? How can we engage in dialogues and organizing across borders to simultaneously hold the global retailers, governments, and factory owners accountable for ensuring workers’ safety and wellbeing? What does a transnational resistance that is mindful of the power differences between labor organizers in the Global North and the Global South look like?


South Asia Youth Resilience Summit

START
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

END
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

More information here: https://bylc.org/resiliencesummit2020/

Facebook Live: facebook.com/youthleadershipcenter

South Asia, home to more than one-fourth of the world’s population, is set to be one of the hardest hit regions in the world by COVID-19, as the region endures prolonged lockdowns. The economic impact here is likely to be greater than the health impact, as countries in the region do not have the fiscal space or safety nets for flattening the curve by halting production and economic activity.

To facilitate a conversation on the adaptation that will be required to address the current crisis, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) is organizing the South Asia Youth Resilience Summit 2020, on April 16-18, to be hosted live on Facebook. On each of the three days, we will have a moderated conversation with a global expert for an hour on how youth in South Asia can build resilience and navigate the complexities of present times caused by COVID-19. In addition, there will be panel discussions on each of the three days on issues ranging from youth leadership, entrepreneurial ecosystems in South Asia in a post-pandemic world to staying resilient in times of crisis.


Webinar: The Science Behind COVID-19

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Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:30–8:00 PM IST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97716400365

Moderator:

  • Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Panelists:

  • Dr. Caroline BuckeeAssociate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dr. Victoria D’SouzaProfessor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

This panel will provide a deeper understanding of the science behind the COVID-19 virus. Panelists will explore the place of science in the COVID-19 response, as well as transmission of the virus throughout South Asia using mobile network data.

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Please note that there will be a maximum attendance capacity to the above Zoom session. A link to the session will be provided on our website, social media platforms, and to our mailing list the day prior to the event.


Webinar: The Response to COVID-19 in South Asia

START
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:30–8:00 PM IST

Venue: https://zoom.us/j/95140903915

Moderator:
Dr. Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

Panelists:
Dr. Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Dr. Shamika Ravi, Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
Dr. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

What has been the impact of the policy response to COVID-19 on the ground in South Asia? Were these policies proportionate and appropriate? What consequences might they have? This panel will offer an overview of the varied in-region responses to the virus and their impact on the health system and social sector.


India Science Festival 2020

START
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 10:30am

END
Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 06:45pm

The beginning of 2020 will mark a massive celebration of science and technology with the India Science Fest, which aims to bridge the gap between science and society. This extravaganza is a non-profit initiative to help youth engage with the latest in science from across the world, fueling curiosity and demystifying the scientific career path. Aspiring Minds, an Indian-born global assessments leader, is a lead organizer of the Festival in association with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the primary academic partner for the event.


Breaking the Mould: Girl Power and Beyond in Contemporary India

START
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 06:00pm

Jacqueline Bhabha (Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) will be in conversation with Neha J Hiranandani to discuss her book Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules. The discussion will focus on the challenges young women still face when it comes to access to education and health while negotiating with the societal expectations. Keeping in with the theme of Neha Hiranandani’s Girl Power – a book about bringing forth the stories of ‘rebel women’ in India – it will ponder on the factors that contribute to the success of many who do break the mould, against the odds.


Fractal Urbanization: Spatial Segregation in Liberalizing India

START
Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 08:00pm

VENUE
India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Speaker: Naveen Bharathi, Mittal Institute Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020

Moderator: Satish Deshpande, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

This presentation will show how residential caste-segregation is independent of city size, using the first-ever large-scale evidence of neighborhood-resolution data from 147 of the largest cities in contemporary India. Bharathi will discuss one of the central conundrums in Indian urbanism — the persistence of caste segregation across the country, and across cities of varying sizes. This finding punctures a hole in one of the central normative promises of India’s urbanization: the gradual withering of traditional caste-based segregation. The talk will provide further fine-grained evidence on the ghettoization of the most spatially marginalized groups in urban India: Muslims and Dalits.



Meritocracy: Perspectives from China Past and Present

START
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 08:30pm

VENUE
India International Centre

ADDRESS
India International Centre
#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India


VENUE
Kamala Devi Complex

How should societies identify and promote merit? Enabling all people to fulfill their full potential and ensuring that competent and capable leaders are selected to govern are central challenges for any society. Failure to meet these challenges can have enormous costs, for individuals and for societies as a whole. The richness of China’s historical experience and its distinctive current practices offer useful tools for reflection and comparative analysis. Does the case of China offer any lessons – positive or negative – for India to consider?


The Past, Present and Potential Future of Coal in India

START
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 07:30pm

India’s coal industry is highly contested today. Between the immediacy of coal shortages, the transition to renewable energy, and air pollution problems, the long history of the coal industry and India’s deep economic and social dependence on the fuel gets lost in conversation. In this talk, Rohit will give a brief historical sketch of the Indian coal industry, and discuss some of the reasons why Coal India as both a company and a developmental actor has persisted, and is likely to persist in the near future. In particular, he will discuss the political and financial adaptations of the Indian coal industry since its nationalization in the early 1970s and some of the characteristics which differentiate it from other PSUs.

 


Between the Yogi and the Commissar

START
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 04:15pm

END
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 05:45pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Between the Yogi and the Commissar: Imagining De-Colonial Science in Postcolonial India, c. 1952–1977

Projit Bihari Mukharji, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by Victor Seow, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Science, Harvard University

For the generation of political leaders who took charge of the newly independent Indian state in 1947, the world seemed to ripen for renewal. They had brought a mighty empire to its knees, and now sought to build a new nation, where science would play a key role. But what was “science”? What ends should it pursue? And how did its work relate to that of statecraft? These were some of the questions they explored.

Most of the scholarship on science in the newly independent Indian republic has focused on “Nehruvian science.” But Nehru was far from being the only influential postcolonial politician to be interested in science and its role in nation-building. This talk will explore a very different set of engagements between science, postcolonial statecraft, and the quest for a de-colonial future through the history of parapsychology in northern India.

This event is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


Property, Power, and Women: Positive and Perverse Consequences of Indian Reforms for Gender Equality

START
Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 02:30pm

END
Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 04:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Can political representation help women upend entrenched systems of power? Property and Power, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, finds evidence that quotas improve women’s ability to claim fundamental economic rights. Yet, greater voice is costly, and whether women experience benefits or backlash will depend on individual bargaining power at the time a woman is elected.

Speaker:
Rachel Brulé, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University

Moderator:
Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


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