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Chakravyuh (Lotus Maze): Travails, Entanglements, and Visions of Migrant Workers in Delhi

START
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S354
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This presentation will explore migrant workers’ experiences, aspirations, and world-views in Delhi, drawing on fieldwork among metal workers in the Okhla Industrial Area.  The presentation invokes the image of the chakravyuh (lotus maze), a labyrinthine military formation arising in the Mahabharata, to understand workers’ entanglements in the factory, neighborhood, and family, and growing attachments in the city.


Cosponsored by the Department of South Asian Studies


Secularism, Democracy and Pluralism: From Bases to Implementation

START
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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

Global Health Seminar

Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh
with Ruhul Abid, Assistant Professor, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School
M. Shawkat Razzaque, , Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Dental School
and Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health


Mental Health Access for Women in South Asia and China

START
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00pm

END
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Global Health Seminar

Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Leaning, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Cosponsored with the Asia Center’s Modern Asia Seminar



Attaining Education for All : How do India and China compare?

START
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:00pm

END
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Education Seminar

Abhimanyu Singh, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office Beijing
Discussant: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored with the Asia Center Modern Asia Seminar

While much international attention has been paid to the recent rapid rise of China and India in  economic terms, there has been relatively little focus on their efforts in the equally critical domain of developing human capabilities through the provision of basic education and adult literacy. China and India both emerged as sovereign nations in the mid-twentieth century with roughly comparable levels of literacy but have since followed distinctive approaches to education.This talk will examine and compare the progress and identify challenges in these domains  within the framework of Education for All (EFA), a  global agenda launched at Jomtien   in 1990 and reaffirmed in Dakar in 2000.

Abhimanyu Singh is Director of the UNESCO Office Beijing and UNESCO Representative to the PRC, DRK, Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. From 2006 to 2008, Singh served as Director of the UNESCO Office in Abuja, Nigeria. From 2001 to 2006 he led the global coordination and monitoring of the Education for All (EFA) movement at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. From 1974-2000, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the premier civil service of the country, Singh held key leadership positions at various levels of National and Provincial Governments. He chaired the global drafting committee at the World Education Forum at Dakar in 2000.As a mid-career professional he was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, USA

Lunch will be served.



The Power of Promise: Examining the Feasibility of A Rapid Expansion of Nuclear Energy in India

START
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 03:30pm

VENUE
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Littauer Building, Room 324
The Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Science Technology and Engineering Seminar

M. V. Ramana, Nuclear Futures Laboratory & Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University

Chair: Matthew Bunn, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Nuclear power has been held out as possibly the most important source of energy for India. And the dream of a nuclear-powered India has been supported by huge financial budgets and high-level political commitment for over six decades. Nuclear power has also been presented as safe, environmentally benign and cheap. In his book, The Power of Promise, Dr. M.V. Ramana makes a historically nuanced and compelling argument as to why the nuclear energy program in India has failed in the past and why its future is dubious.

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Kennedy School Project on Managing the Atom


The Beautification of Postwar Colombo

START
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Urbanization Seminar

Jonathan Spencer, Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia & Head of School of Social and Political Science, Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Chair: Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School

Since the end of the country’s 30-year civil war in 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces have continued to grow despite the absence of obvious military threats to the government. Under the guidance of the President’s brother, the Ministry of Defence now plays a leading role in town planning through the Urban Development Authority (which is formally part of the Ministry). Colombo has seen an aggressive programme of improvement, which started with a “war” on alleged underworld figures, has taken in the eviction of hawkers from pedestrian spaces, the creation of new leisure areas, and now would seem to involve the clearance of “sub-standard” housing, especially in places like Slave Island, an historically dense and religiously and culturally mixed area near the city centre. This talk will explore the different kinds of politics that may be at work in this moment, and ask what the project of “beautifying” Colombo might tell us about the political dynamics of postwar Sri Lanka.

Cosponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation



Transcendent Territory and Portable Deities: Mobility and the Problem of Indigeneity between Nepal and India

START
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 04:15pm

END
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 05:45pm

VENUE
William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
William James Hall, 1550
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

South Asia Without Borders
Sara Shneiderman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & South Asian Studies, Yale University
Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Political Anthropology Working Group

 


Rethinking Sufism in Medieval South Asia

START
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Amina SteinfelsAssociate Professor of Religion, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Sunil SharmaChair, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Associate Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature, Convener of Persian and Hindi-Urdu, Boston University

Despite a growing sophistication in the study of Islam, our understanding of Sufism continues to be hampered by deeply ingrained presuppositions, especially in the context of South Asian religious history. Professor Steinfels’ research on a fourteenth century Sufi master, Sayyid Jalal al-din Bukhari, demonstrates the inadequacy of categories such as mysticism, law, and orthodoxy, and the relationships usually presumed between them, to describe the lives and thought of medieval Muslims. She argues that Sufism is understood best as a matter of social identification and practice, rather than religious doctrine and theory.

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

 

 


Public Interest Litigation: Boon to the Indian Public

START
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 12:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 01:30pm

VENUE
Harvard Law School

ADDRESS
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

South Asia Without Borders
Pravin Parekh, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association; President of the Harvard Club of India        

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession
Lunch will be served

Pravin H. Parekh is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India, president of the Confederation of Indian Bar, and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. From 1975–2006 he headed P.H. Parekh & Co., one of the premier law firms in the Supreme Court. Throughout his career he has been active in working for the rights of women, children and disadvantaged people in India. Mr. Parekh has also worked for consumer rights and served as the chairman of the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad for three decades; he has been a trustee of the centre since 1989. He has edited and authored a number of books and articles, and has spoken extensively at various national and international forums on many critical issues. Mr. Parekh was awarded the Padma Shri title, one of the highest honors conferred by the president of India. He earned his B.A. (Hons) in Economics and Statistics at Elphinstone College in Bombay, and his LL.B. (First Class Hons) at Government Law College in Bombay.