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December 2016

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

November 2016

Fri
Nov 18
7:30am-9:00am

Shaloo Rakheja | New Science and Disruptive Technologies

Talk by Shaloo Rakheja, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Nov 11
7:30am-9:00am

Rohini Pande | Working for Women: Can Benefits Payment Policy Encourage Female Labor Force Participation? Evidence from India

Talk by Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Thu
Nov 3
8:30pm-10:00am

Decolonial Computing: Histories and Futures

Decolonial Computing: Histories and Futures Against dominant developmentalist approaches, panelists present critical research on computing from the global South. Conference on the history and anthropology of computing With Simone Browne, Sociology, UT Austin, Lily Irani, Communication, UCSD, Jack Qiu, Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Anita Say Chan, College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Half Day Conference Hosted by Department of Media, Culture and Communication Friday, November 4, 12:30-2pm Location TBA

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October 2016

Mon
Oct 31
8:00am-10:00am

Emerging Asia

A panel discussion on the Geopolitics of India, South Asia, the US and China with Shivshankar Menon Former Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor to the Government of India, former Indian Ambassador to China and Israel and High Commissioner to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and author of Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy (2016) and David Malone Rector of the United Nations University, former Canadian High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal, and co-editor…

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Oct 28
1:00pm-3:30pm

P. Sainath | The People's Archive of Rural India

Discussion Featuring: P. Sainath is India’s most highly awarded journalist and a winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Prize. Sainath’s book Everybody Loves A Good Drought was declared a Penguin Classic in 2013 and remains Penguin India’s highest selling non-fiction volume.   He is the founder and editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). Siddhartha Deb is the author of two novels and The Beautiful and the Damned. A columnist for the The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor the The New Republic, his writing has…

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Cantor Boardroom, 11th floor, Stern School of Business, 44 West 4th Street NY United States
Fri
Oct 28
8:30am-10:30am

Arif Yousuf | Blockade: Nonviolent Resistance for the Liberation of Bangladesh

Film Screening: 'Blockade: Nonviolent Resistance for the Liberation of Bangladesh' Discussion by Arif Yousuf, Filmmaker and discussant Timothy Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service & Co-Director of NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Oct 21
4:00am-1:00pm

India and Pakistan: A Subcontinental Affair

Ever since the Partition in 1947, India and Pakistan's relationship has been bound by conflict. Let's talk about it. NYU has come together for a conference that brings an expected 400+ attendees throughout the two days with 30+ speakers. For the first time, United States' undergraduate students from both countries join with top Indian and Pakistani leaders to discuss Indo-Pak relations on themes like: Kashmir, Cinema, Nuclear Warfare, Corruption, Jugaad, Politics, China and the US in regards to India and Pakistan, Partition, the United…

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NYU Kimmel 369 United States
Fri
Oct 14
8:30am-10:00am

Subasri Krishnan | What the Fields Remember

Film Screening: 'What the Fields Remember', on the Nellie Massacre of Muslims in Assam in 1983 Discussion by Subasri Krishnan, FilmmakerDiscussion and QA will be led by Humayun Kabir, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Graduate Center, CUNY & Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science, Baruch College and Queens College, CUNY

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Oct 7
8:30am-10:00am

Sangay Mishra | South Asian American Political Lives: 2016 Elections and Beyond

Panel Discussion on Sangay Mishra’s Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) By Sangay Misra, Visiting Assistant Professor, Drew University and Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor, MCC and the Gallatin School

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


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Third Annual IAAC Literary Festival

http://www.iaac.us/Literary-Festival2016/festival-schedule.htm Somini Sengupta, Suketu Mehta, Shashi Tharoor, Ruchir Sharma, Anita Desai, Kiran Desai, Bapsi Sidhwa, Barkha Dutt, Meena Alexander, Preet Bharara and many more! NYU Kimmel Center Ticketed Event

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NYU Kimmel 369 United States

September 2016

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

Sanjay Ruparelia | What Happened to the Indian Left?

Discussion on Sanjay Ruparelia’s book on the Indian left, 'Divided We Govern' (Hurst, 2016) By Sanjay Ruparelia, Associate Professor of Politics, New School, Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor, Indian Politics and Intellectual History, Columbia University and Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics, New York University

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Sep 23
8:30am-10:00am

Peter Sutoris | Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-75

This is a discussion of the Indian state’s ideology of development as represented in documentaries made by the Films Division of India. Discussion by Peter Sutoris, Author and Filmmaker, Nilita Vachani, Filmmaker and Teacher, Tisch School, and David Ludden, Professor of History.

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Sep 16
8:30am-10:00am

Katepalli Sreenivasan | Abdus Salam and the Politics of the Atomic Bomb in South Asia

Cosponsored by: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Pakistani Student's Association This is a talk by Katepalli Sreenivasan, President and Dean of Engineering at NYU, The Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering. Katepalli Sreenivasan is President of NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Dean of Engineering, where he also serves as Executive Vice Provost in charge of science and technology. Prior to coming to NYU, he served from 2003 to 2009 as the director of the International Centre for…

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


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Fall 2016 Events

Abdus Salam and the politics of the Atomic Bomb in South Asia Talk by Katepalli Sreenivasan, President and Dean of Engineering at NYU, The Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering Cosponsored by: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Pakistani Student's Association Friday, September 16, 12:30-2pm 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-75 Discussion of the Indian state’s ideology of development as represented in documentaries made by the Films Division…

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

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
Mon
Mar 7
12:00pm-2:00pm

Saad Khan | Chuppan Chupai (Hide and Seek)

Chuppan Chupai (Hide and Seek) follows the lives of four LGBT Pakistanis: activist Neeli, flighty but “famous” Kami, shy Waseem, and Jenny, a transgender woman who struggles with her transition. All live under the specter of Pakistan’s sharia laws forbidding homosexuality. Throughout the film, their lives in the urban centers of Lahore and Rawalpindi are shown to be alternately joyous and painful— symptomatic of life around the world.  

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Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
Fri
Mar 4
11:00am-1:00pm

Pankaj Butalia: Assam: On the Edge of Neglect

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
Fri
Feb 19
12:00pm-2:00pm

Ashish Avikunthak | Kalkimanthankatha

Following the footsteps of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", two actor from Calcutta go to the largest gathering of humans on earth - the Hindu festival of Maha Kumbh of Allahabad in 2013, which occurs once in 12 years, to search for Kalki - the Tenth and the final avatar of Lord Vishnu. The most mysterious of Vishnu's Avatar who has been on earth but has never been found. However, an outbreak of a monumental war occurs during their quest.…

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Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway
New York City, 10003
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
Fri
Feb 12
7:00am-8:30am

Nayanika Mookherjee | The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971

Following the 1971 Bangladesh War, the Bangladesh government publicly designated the thousands of women raped by the Pakistani military and their local collaborators as birangonas, ("brave women”). Nayanika Mookherjee demonstrates that while this celebration of birangonas as heroes keeps them in the public memory, they exist in the public consciousness as what Mookherjee calls a spectral wound.  In critically examining the pervasiveness of the birangona construction, Mookherjee opens the possibility for a more politico-economic, ethical, and nuanced inquiry into the…

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20 Cooper Square- 2nd Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York , 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,
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