The Mittal Institute Annual Publications
Released January 2017
Artists, musicians, and creative writers are as important to the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, 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. The arts are uniquely lived in this region, giving South Asian culture its nuanced history and flair. South Asia is in fact defined by its artistry, its architecture and epic poetry, its textiles and crafts, by its vibrant, continuously evolving traditions and movements. The arts come to life in all facets of South Asian culture. South Asian artists have played a leading, innovative role in the arts from antiquity, and have had a lasting influence on international art forms. This publication is a further extension of our commitment to the arts in South Asia.
Released January 2016
The evolution of technology in South Asia has been a complex one and has 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. The last twenty years have seen unprecedented technological developments in various sectors such as communication and information, manufacturing, transportation, defense, and space exploration. This publication, Technology & South Asia, invites the reader to think of technology within the context of its cultural, sociological, and political fields of application in 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; they delineate questions that may remain unanswered but are necessary to frame: How does the beautification of Colombo ignite a contest of religious identities? How is it that an urban ritual transforms Calcutta into a magical city of dreams, but only for five days each year?
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.
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. With all this in mind, we chose health as the topic for our inaugural publication.
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. The publication is not exhaustive. Instead, we aim to present a wide representation of the important, and occasionally surprising ways, in which people find solutions to public health problems in South Asia.
It is our hope that you will read these essays actively, and we encourage you to share the digital version of the publication widely.