South Asia Anniversary Conference

SITES OF SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES APRIL 28-30, 2015

A Conference Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the 60th Anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies

The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations is one of the earliest South Asia area studies centers in the United States. 2016 is also, not coincidentally, the sixtieth anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), a unique body that serves as an academic and institutional umbrella for all scholars working on Southern Asia at the University of Chicago. We take the occasion of these anniversaries to reflect collectively upon the relationship between area studies and the particular disciplines (Anthropology, History, Literature and Language, Music, Law, Business, Economics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, to name a few) in which a large and visible number of scholars at the University of Chicago carry out their research and teaching endeavors.

Upcoming Events

"The Evidence of the Title Page"

The curators of Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies cordially invite you to a workshop with: Professor Abhijit Gupta (Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Director, Jadavpur University Press)
This workshop will examine early nineteenth century title pages as repositories of information about South Asian bibliographic and print-house practices, especially with respect to proprietorship, the rise of authorship, colophons, branding, epigraphs, traces of the manuscript book, distribution and the ecology of print-house labour. We will examine a number of representative title pages to see how such information may be gleaned. Participants may also bring to the workshop title pages of their own choosing, or from the collections of the Regenstein Library. Turning to a book without a title page, the second part of the workshop will focus on the rare copy of John Borthwick Gilchrist’s A Grammar of the Hindoostanee Language (Calcutta 1796) on display in the exhibition. As text and artefact, this exciting find raises many questions for the book historian, which we will collectively seek to answer.

Participation in this workshop is by registration only. To register please email Prof. Ulrike Stark at ustark@uchicago.edu by February 15, 2016.

Dates: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm
Special Collections, Rosenthal Seminar Room, Regenstein Library

17TH Annual Webster Memorial Lecture: “Jantar Mantar—The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh”

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars,” present us with a unique opportunity to experience the relationships between astronomy, astrology, mathematics, architecture, design, politics, religion, and art. Join the Adler Planetarium and lecturer Barry Perlus—an associate professor and associate dean at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning—for a fascinating look at these historic sites. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Dates: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:15pm
Adler Planetarium

“From Morality to Psychology: Emotion Concepts in Urdu, 1870-1920”

Talk by Margrit Pernau.

This paper will look at the change in the concepts these men used to write about emotions in Urdu between 1870 and 1920. It argues that while emotions at the beginning of the period were still thought of as premised upon notions of equilibrium and balance, which accorded a crucial role to the will and to rationality, fifty years later concepts celebrated the elementary power of emotions and their capacity to overwhelm the individual. This can be read as an indicator and at the same time as a factor of a profound emotionalization of private as well as public life.

Dates: 
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm
Foster Hall 103

South Asia Graduate Student Conference: Dying in South Asia

We invite papers on issues related to the idea of death, which we define in its very broadest sense. Taking death literally, we can speak of the processes and events attendant to the gradual extinction of living creatures but also of languages, texts, memories, species or even traditions. Metaphorically, death can help us to think through distinct South Asian histories of violence, impasse and loss. Yet this can also enable accompanying conversations on the possibility of recovery, resurrection and redemption. We seek to explore phenomena that resist death and the sense of an ending, including practices of ritual, memory, nostalgia and revivalism.

Dates: 
Thursday, March 3, 2016 (All day) to Friday, March 4, 2016 (All day)

Lecture

Lecture by Francis Robinson, Mellon Islamic Studies Visiting Professor in the Dept. of South Asian Languages & Civilizations and in the Division of the Humanities and the College.

Dates: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (All day)

South Asia Seminar

Lecture given by Andrew Quintman.

Dates: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 4:30pm
Foster Hall 103

Lecture

Lecture by Sukanta Chaudhuri, former professor emeritus at Jadavpur University (hosted by Dipesh Chakrabarty).

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 (All day)
Location TBA.

“Geographies of Knowledge: Area Studies and Globalization Studies Reconsidered,” A Panel Discussion with Arjun Appadurai

In its 50 years of existence, the Center for International Studies has served as the administrative home and intellectual incubator of a diverse array of scholarly projects. Among the most far-reaching and impactful of these were the area studies initiatives of the 1960s and the Globalization Project in the 1990s. This panel discussion, featuring Arjun Appadurai (NYU), examines and compares area studies and globalization studies as research paradigms in the social sciences.

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall - Cloister Club

"The Evidence of the Title Page"

The curators of Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies cordially invite you to a workshop with: Professor Abhijit Gupta (Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Director, Jadavpur University Press)
This workshop will examine early nineteenth century title pages as repositories of information about South Asian bibliographic and print-house practices, especially with respect to proprietorship, the rise of authorship, colophons, branding, epigraphs, traces of the manuscript book, distribution and the ecology of print-house labour. We will examine a number of representative title pages to see how such information may be gleaned. Participants may also bring to the workshop title pages of their own choosing, or from the collections of the Regenstein Library. Turning to a book without a title page, the second part of the workshop will focus on the rare copy of John Borthwick Gilchrist’s A Grammar of the Hindoostanee Language (Calcutta 1796) on display in the exhibition. As text and artefact, this exciting find raises many questions for the book historian, which we will collectively seek to answer.

Participation in this workshop is by registration only. To register please email Prof. Ulrike Stark at ustark@uchicago.edu by February 15, 2016.

Dates: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm
Special Collections, Rosenthal Seminar Room, Regenstein Library

Chicago Tamil Forum (Costas Nakassis)

Chicago Tamil Forum (Costas Nakassis)

Dates: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (All day)

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (All day)

Music Department Tea Time Concert Series

Music Department Tea Time Concert Series

Dates: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day)
Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed Hall

Nayaka Workshop

Nayaka Workshop

Dates: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 16, 2016 (All day)

“Geographies of Knowledge: Area Studies and Globalization Studies Reconsidered,” A Panel Discussion with Arjun Appadurai

In its 50 years of existence, the Center for International Studies has served as the administrative home and intellectual incubator of a diverse array of scholarly projects. Among the most far-reaching and impactful of these were the area studies initiatives of the 1960s and the Globalization Project in the 1990s. This panel discussion, featuring Arjun Appadurai (NYU), examines and compares area studies and globalization studies as research paradigms in the social sciences.

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall - Cloister Club

17TH Annual Webster Memorial Lecture: “Jantar Mantar—The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh”

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars,” present us with a unique opportunity to experience the relationships between astronomy, astrology, mathematics, architecture, design, politics, religion, and art. Join the Adler Planetarium and lecturer Barry Perlus—an associate professor and associate dean at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning—for a fascinating look at these historic sites. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Dates: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:15pm
Adler Planetarium

gender|publics|panics in the global South

A conference co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 (All day) to Friday, May 6, 2016 (All day)
Wilder House, The University of Chicago
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