In Memorium: Sir Christopher Bayly

Sir Christopher Bayly, the Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and one of the world’s foremost scholars on South Asian and British imperial history, died suddenly on April 19 in Chicago. Bayly was the Vere Harmsworth Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University.

Portraits 'of Resilience': Marta Tucci's Photos with Rohingya Refugees

The Partnership for the Advancement of Refugee Rights is hosting up-and-coming international photographer Marta Tucci for a gallery showing of her work and a documentary photography workshop. Ms. Tucci's photo essay, "Acts of Resilience", on the persecuted Rohingya community of Burma highlights the challenges that they face and the evolving role of women within the displacement camps, and this portfolio will be displayed at the gallery. At the gallery showcase (7-9PM, Tuesday, May 5, Ida Noyes Cloister Club), Ms.

COSAS Member wins Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Committee on Southern Asian Studies is proud to congratulate one of its members, Sean Dowdy, for being selected as of one 22 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2015 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship.

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious such award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each 2015 Newcombe Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000.

The Study of Southern Asia at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia. Countries in which we have scholarly expertise include in South Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; and in Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.

Upcoming Events

The Second Annual Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor Lecture: Vivekananda’s Irish Disciple: Sister Nivedita

Dipesh Chakrabarty, the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Lan-guages and Civilizations, and the College, will focus on the Indian life of Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble, b. 1867) who arrived in India in 1898 as a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and died there in 1911. Her experience of India provides fascinating material for a cross-cultural history of the land and the people she encountered.

South Asia Seminar: Anna Schultz (Stanford University), “The Afterlives of Publishing: Memory and the Remaking of Bene Israel Song”

When older Bene Israel women perform Marathi Jewish songs, they sing from notebooks of song texts lovingly transcribed from the voices of mothers, aunts, and friends. Men rarely maintain such notebooks, and most singers are unaware that women’s songs were composed, published, and performed by men in the context of 19th-century Indian cultural nationalism and Indian Jewish renewal.

Dance performance: "Veera: Tales of Heroism"

Join Apsara for their annual spring production, "Veera: Tales of Heroism". Watch them explore what heroism entails by journeying through tales of religion, history, and mythology!

Apsara is the Indian classical dance group at the University of Chicago. They explore a range of classical Indian styles, including Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kathak in both traditional and contemporary formats.

Show timings: TWO shows, at 2.30 pm and 7 pm.

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