Rosanna Picascia, SAI Graduate Student Associate, PhD candidate in the Study of Religion
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies
This talk will look at the debate among Sanskrit philosophers of religion over whether, and the conditions under which, testimony is a source of knowledge. In particular, it will focus on the epistemic status of scripture, the example par excellence of testimony. What makes scripture an interesting case to look at is that it often speaks about nonempirical objects, such as heaven, which are incapable of being directly verified. Moreover, the fact that scriptural testimony varies among different religious traditions poses a challenge to testimonially-based religious belief. This talk will explore the ways in which South Asian philosophers of religion in first millennium India approached these issues, while additionally drawing upon contemporary discussions in the epistemology of testimony.
Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.
Mou Banerjee, Graduate Student Associate, SAI; History PhD, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs
Mou’s research explores the dialogues and debates of Indian intellectuals with evangelical Protestant Christianity and missionaries in the nineteenth century, especially in the Bengal Presidency in India. In her analysis of these debates, Banerjee charts the development of a complex relationship of overt repudiation and covert fascination, where Christianity was perceived as a religion and a philosophy, a discursive and dialectical category, a denominator of racial and social difference, and as a repository of Enlightenment ethos and modernity.
This summer, with support from Harvard’s President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences, SAI ran an8-week summer program in India for Harvard College students to explore the potential of mobile technology to enable economic and social mobility, which combined academic coursework and experiential learning. The program culminated in a final project, which the students will present on campus at this interactive event, with feedback from the faculty leaders.
Diane Jung, Human Development and Regenerative Biology, Harvard College ‘17
Kais Khimji,Social Studies, Harvard College, ‘17
Pradeep Niroula,Government, Harvard College ‘18
Eshaan Patheria, Applied Math & Computer Science, Harvard College ‘18
Satchit Balsari, FXB Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Director, Weill Cornell Medical College Global Emergency Medicine Program
Malavika Jayaram, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore
Tarun Khanna,Director of the South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
JP Onnela, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
What is known about disaster response to major earthquakes affecting large urban areas? What was predicted to occur in Kathmandu in the event of a major earthquake–even before one occurred? How canhumanitarian aid agencies and other nations work with the government of Nepal as the country moves from immediate response to long-term recovery and rebuilding needs? And what role can the Nepali diaspora and U.S. institutions–including universities and medical centers–in helping Nepal rebuild?
Join us for a live webcast addressing these issues featuring Dr. Jennifer Leaning, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Kai Hsiao, an MPH student at the Harvard Chan School who before the earthquake hit had studied the vulnerabilities Kathmandu and Nepal would likely face from such an event.
Watch live: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/live-webcast-thursday-may-7-humanitarian-response-to-the-crisis-in-nepal/
This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia in summer 2015, and will include travel tips and logistics, health and safety information, cultural introduction, and will provide an opportunity to meet other students who will be in the region. Food will be served!
All Harvard Students traveling to South Asia in the summer are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Harvard undergraduates: Have you ever thought about working in South Asia, but aren’t sure what opportunities exist, what it would be like, or how to begin?
Enjoy food from the region and hear from panelists who have worked in a variety of sectors in South Asia!
After the panel, stay for an informal mixer, where you can meet with the panelists and talk further about their experiences in South Asia.
Chair: Richard Delacy, Preceptor in Hindi and Urdu, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Welcome by Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College
Described as the ‘Indian art house icon’ by TIME magazine, Rahul Bose won Best Actor, Singapore Film Festival, and Best Debut Director (second prize), for ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’ at Palm Springs. His NGO, The Foundation, works in the areas of education and child sexual abuse. He is an Oxfam Global Ambassador and is a former India international rugby player.
Mircea Raianu, PhD Candidate, Harvard History Department; Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, Boston University; former Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard Academy for Area Studies; former Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute
Anand Vaidya, South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute; former Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute
Lydia Walker, PhD Candidate, Harvard History Department; Graduate Student Associate, South Asia Institute and Weatherhead Center for International Affair
Chair: Carolien Stolte, Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department, Harvard University; Assistant Professor of History, Leiden University
Four current and former Graduate Student Associates at the South Asia Institute and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will present a panel on the place of Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-1979) in modern Indian and international history. A complex and elusive political thinker, J.P. was a central figure both within and outside of post-independence India. As Gandhi’s supposed political heir, he was deeply invested in Indian domestic development, the Bhoodan Movement, and land reform. As a socialist personally connected to India’s leading business houses, he played a key role in the intellectual and institutional origins of “corporate social responsibility” in the 1950s and 1960s. As a leader of the international advocacy for anti-colonial nationalism, he lent his prestige to African nationalists like Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, and Kenneth Kaunda. As the figurehead for the student-led “J.P.” movement, he catalyzed both the 1975 Emergency and the political movements, left and right, that have marked India’s post-Emergency political landscape.
J.P. Narayan was active in diverse, and often seemingly contradictory, contexts. There is a lack of comprehensive and synthetic scholarship on his life and work, which spanned most of India’s twentieth century. Combining cutting edge interdisciplinary projects on different facets of J.P.’s politics and anti-politics, this panel will put into conversation the many sides of J.P., generating a fruitful and invigorating discussion on the man known as Loknayak – The People’s Hero.
Co-sponsored with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs