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November 2019

Mon
Nov 11
6:30pm-8:30pm

Sanjay Kak, “Witness Kashmir 1986-2016: Nine Photographs”

The book brings together more than 200 images by nine Kashmiri photographers over three decades The oldest amongst them was already a working professional in 1986, and the youngest had not turned 20 in 2016. About the Speakersanjay Kak is an independent documentary filmmaker whose recent work reflects his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics. His films include Red Ant Dream (2013) about the persistence of the revolutionary ideal in India, Jashn-e-Azadi (How we celebrate freedom, 2007) about the idea…

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NYU Bobst Library, Avery Fischer Center, Room #743 (7th Floor), Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012 United States

October 2019

Tue
Oct 29
6:00pm-8:00pm

An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of India’s Inspiring Movements for LGBT and Sex Workers’ Rights

Siddharth Dube is a non-fiction writer and specialist commentator on poverty, public health, and development. His books include No One Else: A personal history of outlawed love and sex; In the Land of Poverty: Memoirs of an Impoverished Indian Family, 1947-1997; Sex, Lies and AIDS; and the central essay to photographer Sebastião Salgado’s The End of Polio. In 2020, Viking Penguin India will publish In the Land of Poverty: A Family, A Village, A Nation, 1947-2019.

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Mon
Oct 21
5:30pm-7:30pm
Fri
Oct 11
12:30pm-2:00pm

The Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar: A Case of ‘Subhuman’ Life

Book Talk with Nasir Uddin  Abstract: Citizenship is a legal status conferred by the state that makes non-citizens a new ‘other,’ a vulnerable category viewed as less than human that Uddin refers to as being treated as “sub-human.”  This talk will focus on the state of Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar, illuminating an intricate relation of statelessness, human rights and the paradox of the “sub-human.” Speaker Bio: Nasir Uddin is a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh and Professor of Anthropology at…

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King Juan Carlos (607), 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
Fri
Oct 4
12:30pm-2:00pm

Ambedkar and “the Prostitute”

Ambedkar and "the Prostitute." A Talk with Dr. Shailaja Palk Associate Professor of History Affiliate faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Affiliate faculty, Asian Studies University of Cincinnati Time:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Venue: Room 607 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 53 Washington Square South. Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

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King Juan Carlos (607), 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States

September 2019

Fri
Sep 27
4:00pm-6:00pm

“Kashmir Today: Article 370 And Beyond”

A panel discussion with Mona Bhan: Associate Professor of Anthropology and Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University, Haley Duschinski: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, Ohio University, Hafsa Kanjwal: Associate Professor of South Asian History, Lafayette College, and David Ludden: Professor of History, New York University.

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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place NY United States

April 2019

Fri
Apr 26
5:00pm-7:00pm

Farzana Haniffa | Documenting Ethno-Religious Violence in Post War Sri Lanka: Lessons From the Recent Past

Join us on April 26 for a presentation by Farzana Haniffa of her paper "Documenting Ethno-Religious Violence in Post War Sri Lanka: Lessons From the Recent Past". The paper reflects her experience of documenting the violence of Aluthgama in 2014 and the recent violence in Digana in the Kandy district in March 2018. Event Details: Featuring: Farzana Haniffa (University of Colombo, and Smuts Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge) Respondent: Thushara Hewage (University of Ottawa) Moderator: Vasuki Nesiah (NYU Gallatin) When:…

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Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, Room #701, Gallatin, 1 Washington Place
New York, NY United States
Thu
Apr 18
5:00pm-7:00pm

Book Launch & Discussion | Australianama: Histories of Muslims In An Age of Escalating Islamophobia

Join us for a lecture by Samia Khatun based on her new book ‘Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia‘, on April 18. The book challenges a central idea that powerfully shapes history books across the Anglophone world: the colonial myth that European knowledge traditions are superior to the epistemologies of the colonized. Arguing that Aboriginal and South Asian language sources are keys to the vast, complex libraries that belie colonized geographies, Khatun shows that stories in colonized tongues can transform the very…

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Room 101, 5 Washington Place New York, 10012 United States
Tue
Apr 9
4:00pm-6:00pm

Secularism, Secularisation, and History: Colonial Inheritances and Contemporary Comparisons

Join us for a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Secularism, Secularisation, and History: Colonial Inheritances and Contemporary Comparisons'. Neilesh Bose (University of Victoria) will review recent scholarship on secularism and secularisation in South Asia, as well as turn to history, especially colonial history, to offer a preview of his current book in progress, which aims to add to the debates on secularism in the contemporary by historicizing how South Asians have imagined, defined and compared religions in the modern past.…

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20 Cooper Square, Main Conference Room # 503, Fifth Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, 10003
Fri
Apr 5
4:00pm-7:00pm

Global Asia Colloquium | April 5 | Gyan Prakash | Co-sponsored by South Asia NYU

The Global Asia Colloquium A Book Launch of US Edition for Gyan Prakash’s new book, Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point Discussants: Manu Bhagavan (Hunter College, CUNY), Manu Goswami (NYU), Meghna Chaudhuri (NYU), and Sanjay Ruparelia (The New School) Event Details: When: April 5, 2019, 4:00-6:45 pm Where: 701 KJCC (53 Washington Square South) On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in…

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Room 701, KJCC, 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
Tue
Apr 2
5:30pm-7:30pm

BOOK LAUNCH: VASU VARADHAN “ON MY OWN TERMS: JOURNEY BETWEEN TWO WORLDS”

Join us for a book launch of Vasu Varadhan’s new memoir on April 2. The book chronicles an immigrant’s struggle to forge an identity amidst the upheavals of geographical and cultural displacement. The author will read selections and engage in a conversation about the book with Radha S. Hegde. Event Details: Featuring: Vasu Varadhan (Gallatin, NYU) When: April 2, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm  Where: Media, Culture & Communication Event Space 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor Drinks and light snacks will be…

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239 Greene Street, East Building, 8th Floor NY United States

March 2019

Wed
Mar 27
4:00pm-6:00pm

Chris Fuller: “H. H. Risley and the Bhadralok: Anthropology and the State in colonial Bengal, 1871-1911”

Speaker: Chris Fuller, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at London School of Economics Discussant: David Ludden, Professor of History at New York University Paper Abstract: H. H. Risley, author of The Tribes and Castes of Bengal (1891) and The People of India (1908), and the 1901 census commissioner, was the pre-eminent anthropologist of British India, as well as a high-ranking Indian Civil Service officer. Risley has been discussed and usually criticized by all modern scholars of colonial anthropology in India. But modern…

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239 Greene Street, East Building, 8th Floor NY United States
Fri
Mar 15
4:00pm-7:00pm

Sunil Amrith and Francis Bradley on “Mobility and Territoriality Around the Indian Ocean, 1750-1950”

An Event Co-Sponsored with Center for Global Asia Speakers: Sunil Amrith and Francis Bradley Topic: Mobility and Territoriality Around the Indian Ocean, 1750-1950 Schedule: 4:00- 5:15. Francis Bradley, Pratt Institute Title: Mecca to Southeast Asia: The Patani Islamic Knowledge Networks Abstract: In the nineteenth century, Mecca became far more accessible to Muslims around the globe. A contingent of exiles from Patani, a Malay kingdom that once comprised territory on both sides of the current Malay-Thai border and that had been…

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Room 701, KJCC, 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
Mon
Mar 11
1:30pm-4:00pm

Yousuf Saaed Lecture on Muslim Devotional Art in India: Monday, March 11

Light snacks will be served. This event is open to the public. For non-NYU attendees, please bring a photo ID for security purposes.

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Hagop Kevorkian Center Library, 255 Sullivan Street at Washington Square South
New York, 10012 United States
Lynch Nation documentary poster
Fri
Mar 1
4:00pm-6:00pm

Lynch Nation Documentary Screening and Discussion on March 1

Please join us for a screening of the documentary, Lynch Nation, directed by Shaheen Ahmed and Ashfaque Ej. This event includes a discussion of a Human Rights Watch report on cow protection violence in India (view the report here). The discussion and a Q&A session will be lead by Jayshree Bajoria, author of the report, and Suchitra Vijayan, Director of The Polis Project. Event Details: When: Friday, March 1, 4-6 pm Where: Avery Fisher Center (AFC), Bobst Library, 7th Floor, 70 Washington Square South,…

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NYU Bobst Library, Avery Fischer Center, Room #743 (7th Floor), Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012 United States

February 2019



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11th Annual Global South Asia NYU Conference

11th Annual Global South Asia NYU Conference | Claims Making and Bordering Practices - February 22-23, 2019, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor. All events are free and open to the public.

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

November 2018

Mon
Nov 26
3:00am-12:00pm

Reason: A Film by Anand Patwardhan | Screening and Discussion

South Asia NYU in collaboration with NYU Center for Media, Culture and History presents: REASON (4 hrs.) Screening/Discussion with Director Anand Patwardhan FRIDAY / DECEMBER 7 / 11 AM - 5 PM Kriser Screening Room, Anthropology Department. 25 Waverly Place SCREENING/DISCUSSION REASON (2018, 4 hrs, Dir: Anand Patwardhan) Parts 1-5 from 11 AM to 1:15 PM Parts 6-8 from 2:30 PM to 4:15 PM Followed by discussion. This award winning film (2018 IDFA award for best feature length documentary) charts a broad-ranging examination of…

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Thu
Nov 15
1:00pm-3:00pm

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora | A book launch & roundtable with Licia Fiol-Matta, Gayatri Gopinath, Lisa Lowe, Ritty Lukose, Manijeh Moradian, & Tavia Nyong’o

    Panelists will discuss Gopinath’s Unruly Visions (Duke UP, 2018), which brings queer studies to bear on studies of diaspora and visuality, tracing the interrelation of affect, archive, region, and aesthetics through an examination of a wide range of contemporary queer visual culture. Spanning film, fine art, poetry, and photography, the book stages unexpected encounters between work by South Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Australian, and Latinx artists such as Tracey Moffatt, Chitra Ganesh, Akram Zaatari, and Allan deSouza. Unruly Visions shows…

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CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY United States
Tue
Nov 13
1:30pm-3:00pm

The Three Patriarchs of Embattled Love: Caste, Religion and State | A talk by Meena Kandasamy | Co-sponsored event with NYU Gallatin

  In this talk, Meena Kandasamy, Gallatin’s Global Faculty-in-Residence and author of The Gypsy Goddess (Harper, 2014), discusses her site-responsive chronicle of the Dharmapuri atrocity which occurred in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On one day in October 2012, in response to the love affair between a caste-Hindu Vanniyar woman and a Dalit man, the homes of 300 Dalit people were burned. Kandasamy reflects on the event, explores how one bears witness to violence and the social realities of India’s caste-embattled…

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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

October 2018

Mon
Oct 29
1:15pm-3:15pm

Within Without: The Path of the Yogi | Book launch and discussion with Briana Blasko

Briana Blasko will share her photographic journey about the making of her latest book, Within Without: The Path of the Yogi. Over a period of four years she travelled across India and Nepal, observing the lives of practising Jains, Buddhists, Sufis and Hindus, and a Catholic priest. Although the photographs reflect a belonging to specific religions, this work is not intended to be about religion; rather, it aims to show the interconnectedness of the spiritual life. Briana Blasko is a…

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239 Greene Street, East Building, 8th Floor NY United States
Mon
Oct 22
2:10pm-4:00pm

Talk by Gayatri Spivak

Joint Event with Postcolonial, Race and Diaspora Studies Colloquium (Department of English)

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Department of English, 244 Greene Street
Thu
Oct 11
2:00pm-4:00pm

Sexual Politics in a Transnational Frame | A Roundtable with Sa’ed Atshan, Sara Mourad, Jyoti Puri, & Evren Savci

Taxonomies of identity and histories of activism in the U.S and Europe cannot be seamlessly mapped onto other societies. To think of sexual politics, broadly, is to suspend the rubrics of feminist, LGBT, and queer activism, in our attempt to understand how gender and sexuality get politicized both as categories of identity, and as categories of analysis in a particular society. This panel is an invitation to think comparatively about sexual subcultures across South Asia and the Middle East (and…

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CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
Wed
Oct 10
2:30pm-4:00pm

Gallatin Global Writers: Meena Kandasamy | Co-sponsored event with NYU Gallatin

  Meena Kandasamy, Gallatin’s Global Faculty in Residence, combines her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction, and essays. Her latest novel, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife (Atlantic, 2017), a work of autofiction exploring poetry, the dark heart of language, French feminist philosophy, and leftist discourse to lift the veil on the silence surrounding domestic violence and marital rape in India, was chosen as a…

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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Thu
Oct 4
1:15pm-3:15pm

Raga Revelry | Film Screening and Discussion with Shreedevi Thacker | Special Guest: Chandrika Tandon

  Raga music has become increasingly popular as audiences are drawn to this North Indian classical tradition. The film, Raga Revelry, is an introduction to the centuries-old philosophy and beautiful sound that evokes a vivid range of emotions and moods and invites the listener to transcend their personality self. The viewer is transported to the heart of Indian culture through one man’s journey to create a permanent sanctuary in modern India for this rich music. Vijay Kichlu, a renowned musicologist…

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239 Greene Street, East Building, 8th Floor NY United States

September 2018

Thu
Sep 27
2:10pm-4:00pm

Atmospheric Embroidery | Book Launch and Discussion with Meena Alexander

Joint Event with Postcolonial, Race and Diaspora Studies Colloquium (Department of English) Award-winning author and scholar, Meena Alexander will read from her recently published collection of poetry Atmospheric Embroidery, a haunting collection of poems that “travels through zones of violence to reach the crystalline depth of words”, and discuss Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing, an anthology which brings together the voices of twentieth- and twenty-first century writers from India and the diaspora. Event will be followed by…

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Tue
Sep 18
2:00pm-4:00pm

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir | A Conversation with Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan; Moderated by Suchitra Vijayan

Cosponsored event with The Polis Project   Join Dr. Mona Bhan and Dr. Haley Duschinski in conversation with Suchitra Vijayan, about their  recently published edited book, Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, which analyzes the social and legal logic of India's occupation of Kashmir in relation to colonialism, militarization, power, democracy, and sovereignty, focusing specifically on the years between 2010 and 2014. Foregrounding the voices of Kashmiri scholars, the book traces how Kashmiri youth used music, rap, art, and other modes of cultural production to reimagine…

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239 Greene Street, East Building, 8th Floor NY United States

May 2018

Mon
May 7
8:00am-10:00am

Democracy, Caste and Hindu Nationalism | Talk by Gopal Guru

(Cosponsored event with India China Institute at The New School) Professor Gopal Guru's talk on Democracy, Caste and Hindu Nationalism will address issues of caste politics, capitalism and solidarity in India. The discussion will be moderated by David Ludden  (Department of History, NYU). Professor Gopal Guru is eminent political theorist and scholar and a highly regarded teacher based at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Earlier, he taught at the University of Delhi and the University of Pune. Later this year,…

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20 Cooper Square, Main Conference Room # 503, Fifth Floor, 20 Cooper Square
New York City, 10003
Tue
May 1
8:00am-10:00am

Reconfiguring Bombay: The Bombay Poets’ Archive | Talk by Anjali Nerlekar

(Co-sponsored event with NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library) The archive has been the subject of much scholarship, being variously defined as a collection of papers, personal or state-sponsored or some combination of the two, that forms the foundation of historical narratives. This presentation will explore one particular recent archive, an ongoing multilingual collection of papers of the Bombay poets which resides now at Cornell University. Crossing the divide between personal and the institutional, this archive contains a unique set of…

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NYU Bobst Library, Avery Fischer Center, Room #743 (7th Floor), Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012 United States

April 2018

Tue
Apr 24
2:00pm-4:00pm

Rana Plaza 5 Years Later: Amplifying Workers Voices Globally

        This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which resulted in the tragic loss of over 1134 workers’ lives, with thousands more workers injured. The scale of the Rana Plaza disaster raised global awareness about the harsh conditions of global fast fashion. In this panel, we bring together Bangladeshi and US-based artists, activists and scholars to reflect on Rana Plaza 5 years later. In addition to marking the violence and tragedy of…

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Department of Social and Cultural Analysis 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, 20 Cooper Square
Mon
Apr 23
1:00pm-3:00pm

Riding on a Sunbeam | Film Screening and Discussion with Mauktik Kulkarni and Samantha Jo Fitzsimons

        What do you do after getting a bachelors in engineering, a masters in biophysics and computational biology and yet another masters in neuroscience from one of the most prestigious universities in the world? You give up your job and go on a solo backpacking adventure around the world. Mauktik Kulkarni did one further. After biking solo through South America and backpacking across 36 countries around the world he went on an adventure trip through the place…

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8th Floor, 239 Greene Street, 239 Greene Street
New York City, NY United States
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