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SAI Event Type : Seminars



Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Series: Is Nationalism a Democratic Resource? Evidence from India and Malaysia

START
Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 02:00pm

END
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

VENUE
Watson Institute at Brown University

ADDRESS
Watson Institute at Brown University
111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

As part of the Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics series, Dr. Maya Tudor will use evidence from India and Malaysia to discuss the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world.


Why Was Partition Not Reversed? How Pakistan Created A Viable Economy

START
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

SAI SEMINAR SERIES
Gustav Papanek, President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies; Professor of Economics Emeritus, Boston University
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, SAI

Partition left Pakistan almost bereft of manufacturing – importing most consumer goods, including matches, soap, cloth and yarn, and virtually all machinery. Gustav Papanek will discuss how Pakistan, in 15 short years, developed the industrial entrepreneurs who turned the country from one without industry into a significant exporter of manufactured goods.

 


Colossus: Delhi in Theory

START
Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

India’s National Capital Region now includes parts of four states and about 30 million people. It is in the vanguard of global urban change of a particular type—the rise of the colossal metropolis. What do we know and can say about its spatial structure (and change) and social structure (and change)? How well does existing “urban theory” prepare us for Delhi? To what extent does Delhi prepare us for a new “urban theory”? How much of it is global, how much Indian, and how much just Delhi itself?


South Asia Without Borders Seminar: The Silk Road to South Asia: From Mongolia to Bangladesh

START
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

Ancient records of early Buddhism, recovered from Tibet, identify five great centres of learning a thousand years after the birth of Prince Gautama Buddha. Of the five, two are amongst the four hundred Buddhist sites in Bangladesh; Somapura Mahavihara (Paharpur) and Jaggadala. These centers could not have thrived without patronage and proximity of the Silk Road which brought trade and Buddhism close together. Hasna will discuss a trip she took in 2015 and 2017 to Mongolia in search of a connection between Mongolia and India via Bangladesh. 


Fellows Seminar: The Question of Tribes in Northeast India

START
Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Ziipao posits that road building has always been an act of power, which has at different times been leveraged to smooth relationships, secure borders, (dis)connect people, enable trade, create spaces of contestation, or dilute boundaries between varied ethnic groups.


South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Divine Kingdoms of the Western Himalaya: From Subjects to Citizens

START
Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Professor Sax will discuss the pre-colonial society of the Western Himalayas, which consisted of small territories ruled by local devatas (Hindu deities) through their oracles. He will provide ethnographic details of the system as it still exists, paying special attention to how it has adapted to the modern, secular Indian republic.


Non-Caste Societies, Epistemology, and Challenges in India: A Tribal Indian’s Perspective

START
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 08:00pm

As part of the Ambedkar Lecture Series, Dr. Raile Rocky Ziipao (Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; Member, Tribal Intellectual Collective India) will speak on the topic of “Non-Caste Societies, Epistemology, and Challenges in India: A Tribal Indians Perspective.”



Pre-Texts with Doris Sommer

START
Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

END
Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Professor Doris Sommer (FAS and Director of Cultural Agents) hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship. The seminar includes lunch and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.