Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 06:00pm
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.
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 06:00pm
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.”
Sat, Feb 10, 2018
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
The India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences focusing on India in the USA. It takes place at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, and is organized by graduate students at Harvard University.
In 2018, the India Conference will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists and many others.
SAI is a co-sponsor of this event.
List of Speakers
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 04:00pm
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 05:30pm
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Gregory Clines, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI
Discussant: Catherine Hartmann, Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion
The fifteenth-century author Brahma Jinadāsa, a member of the Digambara Balatkāra Gaṇa, is credited with composing over eighty works in both Sanskrit and Old Gujarati. One of those compositions was the Padmapurāṇa, a Jain version of the story of Rāma composed in Sanskrit. In the introduction to the work, Jinadāsa acknowledges that his Padmapurāṇa is based off of the acclaimed poet Raviṣeṇa’s seventh-century work of the same name. This talk examines the relationship between the two works, analyzing the literary changes that Jinadāsa makes to his precursor’s text and the social implications of those changes.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 04:00pm
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 05:30pm
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Soledad Prillaman, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, SAI
Discussant: Zeynep Pamuk, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, Harvard University
In India there persists a striking gender gap in political participation and representation, despite several decades of targeted policy interventions. Women’s political participation is important not only on normative grounds of inclusion, but because we know that when women do participate, politics changes. Prillaman presents a theoretical model of political behavior in rural India which argues that women’s lack of political participation is the result of coordinated political behavior in the household. Prillaman then argues and shows that women’s access to networks of other women is one channel through which we can see a shift towards a gender-inclusive equilibrium, even when resource allocations, social norms, and household dynamics would suggest otherwise.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 04:00pm
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 05:30pm
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Hardeep Dhillon, PhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University; SAI Graduate Student Associate
Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
In the early twentieth century, immigration from Asia to the U.S. propelled local, national, and global questions on race, labor, imperialism, and citizenship. This talk will present a microhistory of these events.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 04:00pm
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 05:30pm
Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities, including research and internship grants, and ask any last minute questions about the application process.
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 05:00pm
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 07:00pm
Join us for a film screening, dinner, & discussion with Gulserene Dastur, the filmmaker, & Dr. David Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
“The Hospital that never turns anyone away”: A 2200 bed, state-run hospital which treats 1.7 million people a year – overcrowded, used and abused, KEM Hospital is the last resort for the destitute. On an average day, the hospital admits 230 in-patients, treats 560 emergency patients, operates on 150 patients, and sees 5800 out-patients. “Getting Better” was born out of 2 years of extensive research and 4 years of shooting, and is a snapshot into a system where “nothing is easy, but nothing is impossible.”
Cosponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 06:00pm
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:00pm
Presented by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop
Mrinalini Sinha, Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History; Professor (by courtesy) of English and Women’s Studies; Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows (2015-), University of Michigan
Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Professor of History
Mou Banerjee, PhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University
Cosponsored by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute
The indentured labor system, which had been put in place in the aftermath of Atlantic slavery to replace emancipated African slaves with indentured Indians on colonial plantations overseas, came under widespread attack by the early decades of the 20th century. M.K. Gandhi’s involvement in the movement for the abolition of indenture, or what following the abolition of Atlantic slavery has been called the “second abolition,” helped launch his political career in India. Yet the campaign against indenture occupies an obscure and undigested role in the scholarship on Gandhi and on modern India. What might it mean to restore abolitionism to its role in the advent of Gandhi’s career in India? What might abolitionism tell us about Gandhi’s signature concepts of swaraj and satyagraha? This talk will shed light on the abolition movement in India and explore its implications for understanding Gandhi’s politics.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 05:45pm
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 07:00pm
Join us to remember the lives lost, and to continue the conversation on the public health impact of, and response to, disasters. is event brings together academics, practitioners and students to examine lessons on earthquake response, aid accountability, and health systems strengthening following the disaster that rocked Nepal on April 25, 2015
Bijay Acharya, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital & MPH ‘2016
Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Population
Emily Troutman, Founder, Aid.Works, DC
Moderator: Jennifer Leaning, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Light Nepali snacks from 5.30pm
Organized by Harvard Chan Students for Nepal Society, South Asian Students Organization
Please RSVP through the link: http://tiny.cc/sfnspringseminar