Past Conferences and Workshops

Third Annual Vivekananda Lecture: “The Subtle Surfaces of Wickedness: From Nigamasarma to the Occupation of Palestine”

Lecture given by David Shulman.

Wickedness, perhaps a more personal quality than the abstract notion of evil, is worthy of study, especially when we move away from brute malevolence, often terrifying but boring, to more complex inner states, in which choice may or may not be accessible. This lecture will explore, first, a South Indian vision of the wicked, taken from Tenali Ramakrishna's Panduranga-mahatmyamu. On the basis of this text, it may be possible to formulate an understanding of wickedness as the integral act of whole persons, without the usual splitting of the self into dark and luminous halves or into the familiar Platonic dichotomies of body and mind. To test a different model, my experiences in the Palestinian territories, specifically the South Hebron Hills, with settlers, soldiers, judges, bureaucrats, and policemen will be examined, at least in part in a comparative light, and with frequent sidelong glances to Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda.

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:00pm
Assembly Hall, International House

Chicago Tamil Forum

The Chicago Tamil Forum is an annual two-day workshop for scholars working on modern Tamil Nadu to share their on-going, unpublished work. This year’s topic is “Politics of Media, Media of Politics." In addition to the workshop proper are two public events: (1) a memorial session of the workshop dedicated to the scholarship and legacy of Chicago Tamil Forum member, Chicago PhD (Anthropology, 2000), and dear colleague, John Bernard Bate (1960-2016) (Friday, May 20th, 2:45-4:20pm, Haskell 315), and (2) a screening of Nagappattinam: Waves from the Deep, a documentary about the plight of fisherman in post-Tsunami Tamil Nadu directed by Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai (Western Michigan University) (Friday, May 20th, 4:30-6:15pm, Foster 103).

A schedule and list of participants can be found here: Click for link. For more information, please contact Constantine V. Nakassis (cnakassi@uchicago.edu).

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

Chicago Tamil Forum

The Chicago Tamil Forum is an annual two-day workshop for scholars working on modern Tamil Nadu to share their on-going, unpublished work. This year’s topic is “Politics of Media, Media of Politics." In addition to the workshop proper are two public events: (1) a memorial session of the workshop dedicated to the scholarship and legacy of Chicago Tamil Forum member, Chicago PhD (Anthropology, 2000), and dear colleague, John Bernard Bate (1960-2016) (Friday, May 20th, 2:45-4:20pm, Haskell 315), and (2) a screening of Nagappattinam: Waves from the Deep, a documentary about the plight of fisherman in post-Tsunami Tamil Nadu directed by Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai (Western Michigan University) (Friday, May 20th, 4:30-6:15pm, Foster 103). A schedule and list of participants can be found here: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/resources/chicago_tamil_forum/ . For more information, please contact Constantine V. Nakassis (cnakassi@uchicago.edu)

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)

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

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal

Lecture by Ralph W. Nicholas
Presented by International House Global Voices Author Night

Ralph W. Nicholas is the William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He was President of the American Institute of Indian Studies and now is Chair of its Board of Trustees. Before his retirement he served as the Dean of the College, Deputy Provost, and Director of International House at the University of Chicago.

"... there are many other rituals that people in Kelomal think are very important; these rituals treat deities whose characters and powers are very diverse, and whose modes of worship are quite different from one another. The Bengalis often say, in uncharacteristic understatement, baro mase tero parban, 'In twelve months there are thirteen rituals.' I have taken the title of this book from that expression." -Ralph Nicholas

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 5:30am
International House

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

Thursday, April 28: Opening address by Richard Davis
Friday, April 29: Keynote address by Sheldon Pollock

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

Seeking New Identity and Voice: Dalit Movements in Tamil Nadu

Lecture by A. P. Anbuselvam, Dalit Resource Centre, Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary & Madras Institute of Development Studies

The Dalit student bodies in college campuses bring to focus the conflict of Dalit identity with other political identities such as the Indian, Dravidian and Tamil as well as the Dalit perspective on the oppressive caste structure and the need for its elimination. A look at these is essential to understand the increasing violence in campuses and towns, whether it is about political assertiveness or marriage across caste.

Dates: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00pm
Kelly 114

Smart Lecture

Lecture given by Kavita Singh, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.

Dates: 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:30pm
CWAC

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