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April 2018

Fri
Apr 20
8:00am-10:00am

State, Policing and Violence in India: the Repressive and Pastoral | Talk by Jinee Lokaneeta

  In December 2017, when custodial deaths due to torture became a prominent issue in Maharashtra, the Director General of Police reportedly sent an internal circular requesting the use of forensic science methods mentioning lie detector, brain mapping and narcoanalysis tests. The Indian police began using the three techniques a couple of decades ago to gain information despite the lack of any scientific grounding for these forensic techniques. In a context where physical torture is the norm and custodial deaths…

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Gallatin, The Dean’s Conference Room, 1 Washington Place, 8th Floor, Gallatin, 1 Washington Place NY United States
Wed
Apr 11
2:00pm-4:00pm

South Asian American Masculinities and Popular Culture in the Age of Trump

A roundtable featuring D’Lo, Swati Khurana, Rajiv Menon, Mallika Rao, & Imran Siddiquee   (Co-sponsored event with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU)   ** SEATING IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM ** D’Lo, actor, writer, comedian Swati Khurana, artist, writer Rajiv Menon, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, New York University Mallika Rao, essayist, critic, reporter Imran Siddiquee, filmmaker, speaker, writer, activist The last several years have seen a marked growth of…

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CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY United States
Fri
Apr 6
8:00am-10:00am

Graduate Student Workshop: South Asia Across Disciplines

  This workshop brings together graduate students and faculty who are working on South Asia across different social science disciplines and fields. The meetings will offer students a chance to develop their scholarship and projects through discussions with students and faculty. Each meeting will involve the presentation of a graduate student's current work-in-progress and will include a lunch. About the talk: The Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO) in India has complex rules for Pakistani citizens, making it difficult for Pakistani Hindu…

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Room 222, 20 Cooper Square, 20 Cooper Square
New York, NY United States
Mon
Apr 2
2:15pm-4:00pm

Literature of Criticism: Colonial Histories and Critical Methods

Talk by Baidik Bhattacharya, University of Delhi   (Joint event with Postcolonial Colloquium)  Are we really into a “postcritical” phase of literary studies, as Rita Felski’s controversial book claims? Have we been able to successfully dismantle what she calls, following Paul Ricoeur, “the hermeneutics of suspicion”? Since her argument is firmly anchored in “literature” and practices of “reading,” I argue in this paper, we need to revisit the foundational moment of the very modern concept of “literature” in the final…

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Department of English, 244 Greene Street

March 2018

Fri
Mar 30
8:00am-10:00am

Technologies of Queer Living, Loving, and Respectability in Kolkata, India

    Talk by Srila Roy (University of Witwatersrand), chaired by Dina Siddiqi (BRAC University, Anthropology)   This talk provides a glimpse into queerness as a way of life in contemporary Kolkata, India. It looks at the manner in which young metropolitan self-identified queer individuals are transforming their selves and modes of living: through somatic practices (like sex change) to the invention of alternative modes of kinship and belonging, both within and outside of the heteropatriarchal family. No longer hidden…

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Fri
Mar 23
8:00am-10:00am

Guli's Children | Film Screening by Joe Thomas Karackattu

Guli's Children: Film Screening and Discussion (Cosponsored event with Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies)   Film discussion will be moderated by Ritty Lukose (NYU Gallatin) About the film: Calicut (also known as GULI in Chinese) was an important node in the overall links between China and Kerala (south of India). The film brings out the cultural-historical ties, the physical artefacts and, most importantly, traces of human genealogy that survive between Kerala and China to this day.  Spanning over two years of…

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Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, R. Baily Winder Auditorium, Room LL2 (basement), 50 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012 United States

February 2018

Fri
Feb 23
4:00am-2:00pm

2018 Tenth Annual Global South Asia NYU Conference: Justice on the Move

    Our tenth annual NYU Global South Asia conference theme is “Justice on the Move."  The conference will be held at the Institute for Public Knowledge (20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor), on 23-24 February, 2018.  We will be focusing from a range of perspectives on interactions of justice and movement in South Asia, where the term “movement” evokes both mobility and mobilization, at many levels of scale, from the local to global. Justice struggles are ever present in South…

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20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Feb 9
7:30am-9:00am

Our Time Has Come: Cosponsored book event with The Review and Debates NYU

  The Review and Debates will be hosting Alyssa Ayres and Tunku Varadarajan for a conversation on Ayres' new book, the wider South Asian dynamic, and the US-India relationship.   About the Guests     Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. In 2015, she served as the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent…

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NYU Kimmel 369
Tue
Feb 6
4:30pm-6:30pm

A Book of Conquest: Book Discussion with David Ludden

  A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia Author: Manan Ahmed Asif About the Book The question of how Islam arrived in India remains markedly contentious in South Asian politics. Standard accounts center on the Umayyad Caliphate’s incursions into Sind and littoral western India in the eighth century CE. In this telling, Muslims were a foreign presence among native Hindus, sowing the seeds of a mutual animosity that presaged the subcontinent’s partition into Pakistan and…

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20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, NY 10003 United States

November 2017

Fri
Nov 17
5:00am-2:00pm

Reinventing Revolution Conference

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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place NY United States
Tue
Nov 7
10:30am-11:30am

Learning and Sustainability in the Himalayas: A Conversation

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CREATE, 196 Mercer St. 8th Floor
New York, NY United States

October 2017

Mon
Oct 30
2:30pm-4:00pm

Nostalgia for the Future

NOSTALGIA FOR THE FUTURE Direction: Avijit Mukul Kishore, Rohan Shivkumar Production: Films Division India Genre: Documentary film Language: Hindi and English (with English subtitles) Format: 16mm film and video Duration: 54 min Year of production: 2017 About the film 'Nostalgia for the Future' is a film on Indian modernity, the citizen and the architecture of the home. It looks at imaginations of homes across four examples of buildings made over the period of a century. These are Lukhshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda -…

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Silver Center, Room 300, 31 Washington Pl
New York City, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Oct 20
12:30pm-2:30pm

Soz | A Ballad of Maladies

"The film unveils transformed cultural fabric of Kashmir valley through a journey into the metamorphoses of its traditional and folk practices like Sufiyana music and poetry to contemporary art forms such as Hip Hop and Rock. By evoking the collective memory of their people and unwinding threads of the region's folk history, the featured artists and musicians in this film negotiate with questions of survival, resistance and freedom – all deeply embroiled in the complex conflict of Kashmir." "Besides the…

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TBD New York City, NY United States
Sun
Oct 8
5:00am-5:00pm

Writing Partition in Urdu

Hagop Kevorkian Center, 50 Washington Square Park South
New York City, NY 10012 United States
Tue
Oct 3
1:00pm-3:00pm

Deep Time and the Colonial Present: A Prologue to the History Writings of ‘Kesari’ Balakrishna Pillai

How far back does one have to go back in time to trace a history of the present? Arguably, colonialism with its narrative of the distinctiveness of post Enlightenment epistemologies has abbreviated our notions of time in the writing of history and social theory. This paper is a preliminary reflection on the historical writings of “Kesari” Balakrishna Pillai (1889-1960), literary critic and intellectual from the then Princely state of Travancore in southern India, who embarked on two remarkable intellectual projects…

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20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, NY 10003 United States

September 2017

Fri
Sep 29
8:30am-10:00am

The Idea of the Child: The Politics and Culture of Pre-School Education in India

Professor Nita Kumar studied Anthropology alongside History and has been productive in research and publishing in both fields. She has further moved on to include Women’s and Gender Studies, Literary Criticism, Education and Performance Studies in her approach. From 1990, Nita Kumar has been associated with NIRMAN, a non-profit NGO that works for education and the arts in Varanasi, India. Kumar’s scholarship has included a questioning of the pursuit of agency and ‘justice’ in history, and the responsibilities of the scholar towards her subject(s) of study. At NIRMAN, Nita Kumar has taught, written curricula, trained teachers, and worked on children’s books…

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20 Cooper Square- 2nd Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York , NY United States
Mon
Sep 25
2:00pm-4:00pm

Apparatus of Power

Roma, 21 06 2016 Museo MAXXI. Inaugurazione della mostra S''hahzia Sikander: Ecstasy As Sublime, Heart As Vector'' e del progetto YAP Young Architects Projects 2016. ©Musacchio & Ianniello ****************************************************** NB la presente foto puo' essere utilizzata esclusivamente per l' avvenimento in oggetto, per una ripresa dello stesso o comunque per pubblicazioni riguardanti la Fondazione MAXXI ******************************************************** Click on this link to find out more.   Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art & Art…

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285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
Thu
Sep 14
1:30pm-3:00pm

Right Wing Politics and the Indian University

Professor G. Arunima is a historian whose research and publications engage both the historical and the contemporary contexts of India, focusing particularly on cultural, visual and material texts, and rethinking the politics of the contemporary. She has recently contributed to a volume What Does the Nation Really Need to Know: The JNU Nationalism Lectures (Harper Collins, 2016), an archive of an unprecedented month long public lecture series that took place in 2016 by JNU teachers to address the question of…

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20 Cooper Square- 2nd Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York , NY United States
Tue
Sep 5
4:00am-12:00pm

Fall 2017

Right Wing Politics and the Indian University A talk by G. Arunima, Professor, Women's Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7:00pm 20 Cooper Square, Room 222 Apparatus of Power A talk by Shazia Sikander, Visual Artist Monday, September 25, 6:00-8:00pm 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor The Idea of the Child: The Politics and Culture of Pre-School Education in India A talk by Nita Kumar, Brown Family Professor of South Asian History, Claremont McKenna College Friday, September 29, 12:30-2:00pm 20 Cooper Square, 2nd…

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

April 2017

Fri
Apr 14
8:30am-10:00am

Kanishk Tharoor | Swimmer Among the Stars

Swimmer Among the Stars Kanishk Tharoor will be in conversation with Rajesh Parameswaran (author of I Am An Executioner) about Swimmer Among the Stars, Tharoor's debut collection of short stories. The book won the Tata First Book prize for fiction in India and has just been published in the United States. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan will chair the session. Books will be sold at this event with a 20% discount. *** About Swimmer Among the Stars: “A writer who is gifted…

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

March 2017

Fri
Mar 31
8:30am-10:00am

Bangladesh and Islam: Locating Difference

This round-table discussion critically examines the troubled and shifting relationship between the two unstable but productive terms, "Bangladesh" and "Islam."  Each panelist Neilesh Bose, University of Victoria), Elora Shehabuddin (Rice University), Satadru Sen (Queens College, CUNY) and Saadia Toor (Staten Island, CUNY) will offer initial thoughts and questions for discussion, after a brief introduction by the facilitator Dina M Siddiqi (BRAC Univerisity).   

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Mar 24
8:30am-10:00am

Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change

Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change is a collective of women organizers supporting women's professional development as organizers to cultivate their leadership in community organizing in the Bangladeshi diasporic community. We invite you to a panel with core organizers of our collective, to learn the stories of Bangladeshi Women's Resistance through arts, activism, and history. Speakers: Chaumtoli Huq, Gulnahar Alam, Sharmin Hossain, Kazi Fouzia Cosponsored by: Bengali Student Association

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Mar 10
7:30am-9:00am

Colonial Knowledge and the Construction of Historical Memory

Talk by Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison Universisty), Ben Hopkins (George Washington University), Robert Nichols (Stockton University) Friday, March 10, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Mar 3
7:30am-9:00am

Daud Ali | Courtly Rituals And Material Culture In Medieval South India: "The Bearer Of The Betel Bag"

The chewing of betel as a mouth-freshener and masticate is near ubiquitous in South Asia today. While today the practice has little overt significance, usually considered a personal and public vice, the material and textual record from late precolonial times right down to the early nineteenth century tells a very different story. It is clear that betel-chewing was far more than matter of personal enjoyment and hygiene, but a highly aestheticized and ritualized practice, that formed part of a wider…

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

February 2017

Fri
Feb 24
4:00am-2:00pm

2017 South Asia Conference: Inequality in South Asia

February 24-25 2017 Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor All events are free and open to the public   FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 2017 12.00 Noon: Welcome And Opening Remarks Kanchan Chandra (NYU Politics) and Paula Chakravartty (NYU, Media, Communications and Culture and the Gallatin School) 12.30 – 2.00: INAUGURAL KEYNOTE: CAN CLIENTELISM IMPROVE WELFARE?  AN ASSESSMENT OF PRO-POOR POLICIES IN INDIA Dilip Mookerjee (Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Boston University)…

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Feb 10
7:30am-9:00am

Naisargi Dave | Life is Queerer Than a Chessboard: On Cows, Violence, and Love in Contemporary India

A talk by Naisargi Dave, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Friday, February 10, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Feb 3
7:30am-9:00am

Michael Levien | The Future of India's Land Wars

A talk by Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Discussant: Aaron Jakes, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies, New School Friday, February 3, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Feb 3
3:00am-1:00pm

Spring 2017 Events

The Future of India's Land Wars A talk by Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Discussant: Aaron Jakes, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies, New School Friday, February 3, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Life is Queerer Than a Chessboard: On Cows, Violence, and Love in Contemporary India A talk by Naisargi Dave, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Friday, February 10, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor 2017 South Asia Conference: Inequality in South Asia Friday, February…

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

December 2016

Fri
Dec 9
7:30am-12:00pm

Vijay Prashad | Western Bombs, Eastern Destruction: What the idea of regime change has wrought from Iraq to Libya

Book Launch and discussion with Vijay Prashad on the geopolitics of the Middle East in the broader context of revolutionary history,  featuring Aaron Jakes and Ahmad Shokr. Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College. Aaron Jakes is assistant professor of historical studies at the New School, where he is also a faculty fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. Ahmad Shokr is a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center…

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Dec 2
7:30am-9:00am

Lawrence Liang | Viral Indignation and Immediate(d) Justice : The Politics of Legal Trials and Social Media in Contemporary India

Talk by Lawrence Liang, Professor of law at Ambedkar University, Delhi, co founder of the Alternative Law Forum, and Rice Visiting Fellow in the South Asian Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, Yale University

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