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April 2016

Fri
Apr 22
1:30pm-3:30pm

The Right to Dissent: Academic Freedoms & State Militarization

Today academic institutions are the new sites of state militarization. The growing state intervention in academic access, research, and funding is a part of an effort to isolate scholarly engagement from socio-political processes. In India, the acute marginalisation of Dalit scholars in the Hyderabad Central University resulting in the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the violent crackdown and police torture of protesting students across the country and branding of dissent as sedition, are all symptomatic of the State’s larger project of…

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8th Floor, 239 Greene Street, 239 Greene Street
New York City, NY United States
Fri
Apr 22
8:30am-10:00am

Neilesh Bose | “Liberalism’s Limits at Empire’s Edges: Taraknath Das (1884 – 1958), State Surveillance, and the Modern State System”

Seen in some circles as a freedom fighter and an Indian anti-colonialist, and by British, Canadian, and U.S. authorities for much of his life, as a political radical, the life and times of Taraknath Das (1884-1958) occupies a mythic place in the historiography of Indian nationalism as well as a minor but burgeoning role in studies of twentieth century state surveillance and the security state complex. In this paper, I will discuss key aspects of Das’ biography as well as…

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Dean’s Conference Room, 8th Floor, 1 Washington Place
New York City, United States
Fri
Apr 15
8:30am-10:00am

Tejaswini Niranjana | Musicophilia in Mumbai

Hindustani art music in the metropolis of Bombay/Mumbai played a significant role in the fashioning of public space from the late 19th century to the 1960s. With the fall of Awadh in northern India in 1857 and the dispersal of the court that had inherited Hindustani music from the Mughal empire, the singers, instrumentalists and dancers began to migrate to the ‘native states’, big and small, seeking new patrons. Many of them also found a foothold in Bombay city, which had grown in importance through the 19th century…

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Dean’s Conference Room, 8th Floor, 1 Washington Place
New York City, United States
Mon
Apr 11
2:00pm-4:00pm

Ranjani Mazumdar | The Geography of Color in 1960s Bombay Cinema

Bombay cinema’s transition from black and white to colour in the 1960s produced an affective force field that impacted on the choice of locations, forms of mobility, the role of music and the cultural politics of stardom. The world of objects in interior spaces had to be organized for its capture on colour film stock, slowly changing the perceptual economy of the frame.  While in Hollywood the transition to colour was a gradual process, in India despite the existence of a…

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Unnamed Venue, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 670
New York City,
Mon
Apr 11
8:30am-10:00am

Anupama Rao | Labor, Masculinity, and the Itineraries of Dalit Modernity

This talk is based on a collaborative project to translate and introduce the autobiography of Dalit Communist, R. B Moré (1902-1972). The presentation will use Moré’s writing as a point of departure for considering questions of subaltern inhabitation, the heterogeneous history of Marxism in Bombay, and issues of caste and masculinity. A specific focus is the relationship between colonial capital, and the de-materialization of caste under conditions of colonial urbanity. Another is the question of how we might write connected histories…

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King Juan Carlos Center (701), 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
Fri
Apr 8
8:00am-10:00am

Francis Cody & Venkatesh Chakravarthy | Trends in Tamil Populism

Francis Cody Francis Cody’s research focuses on language and politics in southern India. He first brought these interests to bear on a study of literacy activism, citizenship and social movement politics in rural Tamilnadu, published as a book called The Light of Knowledge (Cornell 2013). This book won the Edward Sapir Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. Cody’s recent work is centered on news media, and it traces the emergence of populist politics through print-mediated publicity in Tamil…

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States

March 2016

Wed
Mar 30
1:00pm-3:00pm

Laavanya Kathiravelu | Migrant Dubai: South Asian Lives in an Arab Global City

4th Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, NY United States
Fri
Mar 25
8:00am-10:00am

Githa Hariharan | Narrating Contested Homes: Fiction and Real Life

How do you bring together theory, art and political practice in today’s cultural situation in India? One way to do this is to look at how “home” has been narrated – in literature, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as in real life. Githa Hariharan examines contemporary cultural politics in India to describe the transformation of home into a “disputed territory” – with increasing exclusions and attempts to reduce diverse cultural strands into one homogenous narrative.

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States

February 2016

Fri
Feb 26
4:30am-3:00pm

Global South Asia Conference: Publics and Politics

Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Thu
Feb 18
10:30am-11:30am

Mahesh Dattani | Invisible Issues Center Stage

Room 610, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York City, NY United States
Tue
Feb 2
2:00pm-4:00pm

Robert Millis | Indian Talking Machines

Robert Millis's Indian Talking Machine is a book about the scratched world of India. About vinyl, grooves, dust, memory. India was one of the earliest non-Western outposts of the recording industry; 78rpms were first made there in 1902. Such recordings! Folk songs and ragas, animal imitations and laughing discs, plaints and comedy routines. Over time, these discs - often featuring exquisite label designs - were smelted and forgotten. But, as Millis argues, "Obscure companies, destroyed master copies, experimentation with regional markets, fragile objects,…

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Room 674, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York City,

January 2016

Mon
Jan 25
3:00am-1:00pm

Spring 2016 Events

Indian Talking Machines Talk by Robert Millis Tuesday, February 2, 7:00pm 721 Broadway , 6th Floor, Room 674 The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971 Book launch and discussion with author Nayanika Mookherjee Friday, February 12, 12:00-1:30pm 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor, Room 222 Global Warming and the Rise of Asia: A conversation with Amitav Ghosh and Prasenjit Duara Sponsored by the India-China Institute Friday, February 12, 5:30-7:30pm Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave,…

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NYU – Various, 1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003 United States
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