Past Conferences and Workshops

Smart Lecture

Lecture given by Crispin Branfoot, Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:30pm
Cochrane Woods Art Center

Nayaka Studies Workshop

The so-called Nāyaka period, roughly the mid-16th through the 18th centuries, is, according to Noboru Karshima, “something akin to a black hole in south Indian history.” This period immediately preceding the rise of colonial power, and after the fall of Vijayanagara, is of interest because it is the period that that witnesses major transformations in literature, architecture, merchant activity, the organization of maṭhas, the expression of royal power, and religious practices. An interdisciplinary workshop that brings together diverse perspectives and expertise will provide the context for rethinking this vital period. In so doing, we begin to reimagine the place of early modern South India not only in Indian history, but in global early modern studies.

Keynote Address by Crispin Branfoot (4:30pm, Cochrane-Woods 157). Please see attached for a full schedule of the workshop.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 16, 2016 (All day)
Thursday, April 14, Cochrane-Woods 157; Friday, April 15 & Saturday April 16, Classics 110

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 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)

“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

“Slow Descent into Digital Hell: How the Moving Image Is Coping with Digital India”

Lecture given by Ashish Rajadhyaksha.

The public process of making and showing movies provided one of the major institutions of democratic modernity in 20th-century India. As India enters a new era of digital governance, the shift to digital filmmaking and exhibition is transforming the essentially political practices that the cinema created. Ashish Rajadhyaksha looks at Bollywood films and accompanying video games, independent cinema, and key works in experimental video in the context of these changes in India’s massive moving image industry.

Dates: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
Logan Center for the Arts

Chat with Nur Sobers-Khan

Join us for a brown-bag lunch with Nur Sobers-Khan, Leader Curator of South Asia at the British Library.

Dates: 
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Humanities Day: Workshop with Sakhi

Join us for a workshop with Sakhi, the first all-girl band of Indian classical musicians.

Dates: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
Foster 103

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.

This lecture will be dedicated to the memory of Sir Christopher A. Bayly, the inaugural Vivekananda Visiting Pro-fessor in 2014 and 2015. The Vivekananda Visiting Professorship was established to commemorate the legacy of the Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda and to enrich the University’s renowned program for the study of the Indian Subcontinent.

This event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773.753.2274 For more information, please contact Rashmi Joshi at rashmij@uchicago.edu or 773.702.8635. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, International House, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:00pm
International House Assembly Hall 1414 E. 59th Street

Nicholson Faculty Lecture by Rochona Majumdar on “Cinema and the Era of Decolonization: India, 1947- 1964"

Join us for a Nicholson Faculty Lecture by Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations titled "Cinema and the Era of Decolonization: India, 1947-1964".

Reception to follow.

Dates: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 4:30pm
Classics 110

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