CGIS South, S153
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Ajmal Qureshi, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; former Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Uganda and China
Chair: Professor Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus
S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Asia Center Fellows Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute
Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:15pm
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
This talk will discuss 16th and early-17th century album and manuscript paintings made for Muslim patrons where the Nāth yogi appears as an emblem and surrogate for the Islamic spiritual path of taṣawwuf (Sufism), an archetype for the mystical traveler (sālik) and a figure of spiritual longing.
Co-sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University
Murad Khan Mumtaz, Artist and Researcher
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
A reception will follow the seminar.
Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 03:30pm
Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 05:00pm
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.
Hasna Moudud, SAI Research Affiliate; Author of “Mystic Poetry of Bangladesh” and “Where Women Rule: South Asia”; Former Senior Fellow Harvard University Asia Center; former Visiting Fellow Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Chair: Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Harvard University
Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center.
Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center
The Humanities have important work to do in developing societies because they foster creative and critical thinking. For its own intrinsic value, the aesthetic judgment that the Humanities hone affords pleasure of freedom and sociability. And related to those pleasures is the general faculty of judgment that free societies depend on. With the activities of Pre-Texts we gather lessons of philosophy, pedagogy, and art — including vernacular arts — to offer high order learning in low-resourced communities. In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Cultural Agents hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship.
Lunch will be provided during the seminar and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center
In India, dissatisfaction within education and accusations of corruption have led to calls for transparency and new policies for handling teacher transfers.
Tara Béteille, Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank, will present important recommendations, based on her research, across nine states in India, into teacher recruitment and transfer practices in government schools.
A book talk with Aman Hingorani
Chair: Ashutosh Varshney
“Unravelling the Kashmir Knot” delves into the questions entangled in the Kashmir issue: Do the rules that created Pakistan make Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) a part of India? Is the routing of the China-Pakistan economic corridor through J&K legal? How did J&K become a “disputed territory”?
Chair: Richard Cash
Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population,
T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.
Engaging with a wide circuit of references like religious iconography, world mythology, philosophical and literature, Seema weaves together a story to recover the lost feminine narrative in cultural history in her work. Appropriating ancient Indian iconography and philosophy, she chronicles ancient myths and mythological figures to explore the relationship of the self with the spiritual cosmos.
A South Asia Institute Urbanization Seminar Series:
“Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development”
Author; Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning
and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Graduate Student Associate Seminar
Amiya Bhatia, Doctor of Science student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Discussant: Connor Jerzak, PhD student, Government Department
South Asia has the largest number of children who do not have birth certificates. As biometric identification programs (e.g. Aadhaar in India, NADRA in Pakistan) expand, many countries continue to have weak birth registration systems, denying children access to legal identity. This talk examines the unequal distribution of birth certificates and identification documents within each country in South Asia, and whether biometric identification programs could weaken, complement or improve birth registration systems.