Past Events

Everyday Life and/of Politics: Hyderabadi Muslims and the MIM

The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (All India Association for the Unity of Muslims) of Hyderabad is one of three most visible Muslim political parties in India today. In spite of its controversial historical association with a militant anti-Accession position in princely Hyderabad during the 1940s, today the Majlis has crafted itself into a successful and legitimate political party. In this paper, I show how the everyday lives of Hyderabadi Muslims tangle with electoral politics, and the ways in which the seemingly routine activity of listening to and occasionally redressing grievances constitutes and performs the legitimacy of the Majlis as their most efficacious representative. This is a TAPSA event led by Shefali Jha, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

South Asia Sound Interventions: Lyon Leifer on Indian bansuri

Chicago-based flautist and bansuri musician Lyon Leifer will demonstrate and discuss his experience as a teacher and performer working in the nexus of the Indian bansuri and Western classical flute traditions. The workshop is free and open to all; no experience is necessary. Contact Ameera Nimjee (ameeran@uchicago.edu) for more information.

Dates: 
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm
Logan 703

Debate on the Dais: Female Fakirs and Sufi Style in Bangladesh

The Boyati community in Bangladesh are a repository of melodies and poetic forms, traditionally engaging in a dialectical musical battle where they represent different positionalities at live shrine performances. This presentation examines the rise of the female fakir in such performances through their negotiations of sacred space, appropriations of metaphysical discourse, and issues of fame brought on by commodified Sufi music and a more urbane listenership. Led by Bertie Kibreah, PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology program at the University of Chicago's Department of Music.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

Nehru and Modern India

Workshop led by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Event is free and open to the public.

Dates: 
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:30am to 6:00pm
Classics 110

New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality

While historians have traditionally been less explicit than other social scientists in their use of theory, we have witnessed in the past half year an unprecedentedly polemicized debate within the profession over the direction, methodology, and theoretical orientation future history-writing must take. Book length treatises by Lynn Hunt (Writing History in the Global Era, September 2014), and Jo Guldi and David Armitage (The History Manifesto, July 2014) have been met with enlivened article-length rejoinders by fellow historians (Sam Moyn, Deborah Cohen, Peter Mandler).

If these historians made differing methodological, theoretical and political claims on the task of history-writing, what was emphatically not under debate was the fact that historians now have to “think big” and write global. Bringing together distinguished internal and visiting historians and social scientists, this conference aims to foster a public dialogue on the new directions of writing global histories among some of its most critical practitioners in the discipline of history and beyond.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
Franke Institute for the Humanities JRL S-102

Workshop by Bertie Kibreah & Khalada Sultana Milon on Bangla folk music

Presented by the South Asian Sound Interventions initiative and the Department of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: 
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Logan 703

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