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The Mittal Institute Annual Publications

Cover of the Science and South Asia publication.

Science and South Asia

Released April 2019 In South Asia, profound scientific discoveries and advancements date back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Across numerous endeavors — ranging from astronomy to mathematics to medicine, and more — science is deeply rooted in the South Asian consciousness, predisposing contemporary South Asians to continued scientific inquiry. In this publication, you will find essays on topics ranging from genetics to science education to the relationship between science and the arts.

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The Arts and South Asia

Released January 2017 Artists, musicians, and creative writers are as important to the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University as historians and economists, entrepreneurs and scientists, political leaders and civil servants. The arts—fine arts and music, theater and literature, and more—comprise a fundamental part of South Asian culture and society and are uniquely lived in this region, giving South Asian culture its nuanced history and flair. This publication is a further extension of our commitment to the arts in South Asia.

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Technology and South Asia

Released January 2016 The evolution of technology in South Asia has been a complex one and has been met with resistance, but today we primarily think of technology in the region in two ways: first, that South Asians are gradually taking on leadership positions at global technological giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google; and, second, that South Asia sits as a hotbed for the rapid proliferation of, and market for, electronic technology. This publication invites the reader to think of technology within the context of its cultural, sociological, and political fields of application in South Asia.

The City and South Asia

Released January 2015 Cities in South Asia challenge our very understanding of urban area. Space making, mobility, densification, urban migration, and identity formation are a few among a number of the salient issues arising from these cities. Experts from a variety of fields have come together in these pages to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to the paradoxes endemic to urban centers in South Asia. We hope this volume not only sheds light on planning and architecture, and other existing elements of urban development, but also provides a sense of the new forms of urbanism emerging in contemporary South Asia.

“Floating on Waste Islands” with Krishna Matturi
“The Season of Migration in the City” with Namita Dharia

Health and South Asia

Released January 2014 South Asia is both the place where some of the most acute health problems are aggregated, as well as the place where some of the most innovative solutions, for both the region and the world, can be found. In this publication, you will see a range of professional and disciplinary perspectives, from Harvard and outside Harvard. Lawyers and physicians, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, policy-advocates and journalists, scientists and designers, epidemiologists and graphic novelists, economists and Open Access advocates, come together to present a rich array of solutions to health challenges.