Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:00pm
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 01:15pm
SPEAKER: Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History, Fordham University
The Indian state’s broken pacts with Indigenous communities, the so-called ‘scheduled tribes’ or Adivasi, resulted in massive displacements in the name of environmental, territorial, and infrastructural sovereignty, yet none have given rise to such troubling paradoxes as those implemented to build rocket launch sites. To make way for a new space center in Andhra Pradesh, in 1970, the government of India forcibly removed and resettled a large population of Yanadi people. More than fifty years later, the profound and permanent disruptions caused by this dislocation continue to reverberate in the deep social and economic precarity of the Yanadi. I recover this story as a starting point to highlight two broader intersecting frames. The first positions India’s emergent technoscientific projects in the decades after independence as reproducing certain forms of violence redolent of colonial science. The second finds echoes of such violence in infrastructural entanglements across the world in places like Algeria, Kenya, California, Kazakhstan, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and elsewhere. I argue that the violence of displacement, dislocation, and damage, accompanied by local resistance, were not appendices to the long history of spaceflight but fundamental to it, as space activities unfolded through deeply colonial-minded practices. Moreover, I argue that such initiatives functioned squarely within the modernist aspirations of individual states, the international scientific community, and often, ordinary people, activated by the desires and promise that space exploration invoked.
Asif Siddiqi is Professor of History at Fordham University, where he works on the global history of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Science and Technology in Asia Seminar Series is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and convened by Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of History of Science.
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:30am
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 11:45am
Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Kenneth I. Juster, former U.S. Ambassador to India and HKS alumnus, about the U.S.-India relationship.
Ambassador Juster will discuss major achievements in the U.S.-India partnership in the areas of diplomacy, defense, economic relations, energy, and health over the past four years as well as issues on the horizon such as the rise of China and trade policy. Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Doug Elmendorf, will introduce Ambassador Juster, and Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.
Please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Visit the Future of Diplomacy Project website for full event details.
Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 12:00pm
Mon, Mar 15, 2021
Professor Kristin Fabbe of the Harvard Business School, and Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, CEO and co-founder of Affectiva, will engage prospective Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program students in an open session on identifying core values as the foundation for effective leadership.
Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 09:00am
Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 10:00am
9:00–10:00 AM EST // 6:30–7:30 PM IST // 6:00–7:00 PM PKT // 7:00–8:00 PM BST
Venue: Virtual via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/91387696938
This event will also be streamed LIVE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mittalinstitute.newdelhi/
- Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University
- Dinyar Patel, Assistant Professor, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
In 1906, Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) declared swaraj, or Indian self-government, as the goal of the Indian National Congress. This talk will examine how Naoroji developed the idea of swaraj during his five decades-long political and nationalist career, which included groundbreaking economic research on Indian poverty, engagement with emancipatory movements around the world, and becoming the first-ever Asian elected to the British Parliament. Naoroji’s swaraj, as we will see, was global in nature. It evolved from contact with European liberalism and socialism and, at the same time, had a significant influence on the growth of global anti-colonialism and antiracism.
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 12:30pm
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 02:00pm
Founded in 1972, BRAC has become one of the largest and most successful NGOs in the world. Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International, will discuss the efforts that go into making BRAC a success, and explore the organization’s vision to continue expanding in Bangladesh and around the world.
Lunch will be provided.
- Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC International
- Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Faculty Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 05:00pm
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:00pm
The panelists will discuss India’s recent legislation on citizenship and what it means for the nation’s future.
This event is hosted by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Mittal Institute.
- Suraj Yengde, Dalit scholar, activist, and postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
- Esha Meher, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India
- Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy, Sophomore, Harvard College
- Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 05:00pm
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 07:00pm
In South Asia, the current debate around issues of citizenship has ignited divisions and unrest; however, the roots of these issues stretch back much further. This interdisciplinary panel will explore the post-Partition history of citizenship in the region, legal and constitutional developments, and the issues at play on both sides of recent legislation and counter-movements.
- Sana Aiyar, Associate Professor of History, MIT
- Kalyani Ramnath, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University
- Sahana Ghosh, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University
- Suchitra Vijayan, Founder and Executive Director, The Polis Project
- Rohit De, Associate Professor, Yale University
Ashu Varshney gives testimony at USCIRF Hearing on Citizenship Laws and Religious Freedom
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 06:00pm
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 08:30pm
“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”, an event jointly organized by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard Global Health Institute and presented in New Delhi, examined the connections between human, animal and environmental health, and the response to disease outbreaks in India.