Past Events

A Bilingual Bangla-English Reading and Craft Talk with Esteemed Translator Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha has published over thirty book-length translations of classic, modern, and contemporary Bengali fiction, non-fiction, and poetry into English. Three of them have won national translation awards in India, and his work has been shortlisted for the UK Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Arunava will discuss translation challenges he's faced in bringing various texts into English: what choices were possible, and how and why he made the decisions he did. He will be joined in the readings by UChicago advanced Bangla students. Reception will follow. Co-sponsored by the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Creative Writing Program, and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi.

For more information, or for those individuals who may need assistance, please contact Alicia Czaplewski at 773-702-8373 or

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 6:00pm
The Franke Institute (1100 E 57th St)

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.

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

EthNoise! The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

A special session by Zoe Sherinian, ethnomusicologist of University of Oklahoma.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

Humanities Day: Workshop with Sakhi

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

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

South Asia Seminar Series: "Civility and Religious Coexistence in Asokan Edicts: A Political Theory Perspective"

South Asia Seminar presentation by Rajeev Bhargava.

Scholars have frequently praised Asoka for his policy of toleration. Bhargava delves deeper into the issue, focusing on the conditions that forces him to first encourage people with diverse religious and philosophical background to live together, not back-to-back but face -to-face, and then, by formulating public norms of civility among different 'pasandas' engaged in fierce verbal disputes, provides secular foundations of such 'living together'. Bhargava argues that this norm is at the heart of his novel formulation of Dhamma. It goes beyond toleration and comes close to equal respect.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

TAPSA: “It Entered My Body: Articulating a Folk Sensibility in Assam, India”

TAPSA presentation by Rehanna Kheshgi.

This paper investigates the emergence of a folk sensibility in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Folk genres play an important role in connecting bodies with states, and the sounding, moving body serves as evidence of regional and/or national belonging. In the context of contemporary Assam, physical labor practices and gender roles associated with rural livelihoods are embedded within folk performance practice. Singing techniques that incorporate dialects associated with particular regions or ethnic groups index degrees of authenticity. This paper addresses questions regarding how young performers in Assam gain access to this knowledge and learn to embody performance practices associated with this folk sensibility. How do urban music and dance teachers package information and create pedagogical techniques to satisfy an increasingly mediated and competitive folk performance arena?

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

First meeting for the South Asian Music Ensemble

Beginner section 4:30pm, Logan 703
Intermediate & Advanced 5:30pm, Logan 703
Instrumental 5:30pm, location TBD

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 4:30pm

South Asian Music Ensemble Open House

Join the South Asian Music Ensemble to learn and perform diverse song traditions of India, Pakistan, and other regions of South Asia. The ensemble will be co-led by separate instructors for vocalists and instrumentalists, and membership is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are welcome to join. This year's repertoire will focus on a broad range of film music from the Indian Subcontinent, and will also feature workshops on dance and regional music.

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:30pm
Logan 703

Film screening, The Factory

Film screening by filmmaker Rahul Roy.

147 workers of India’s biggest automobile manufacturing company Maruti Suzuki are on trial for the murder of a senior manager and 2500 workers dismissed. It has been two and a half years and the case drags on. Their bail application has been rejected by the courts. On each hearing they are led to the court room by the police while families line up to catch a glimpse. The defence lawyers plan their strategy in the court canteen. Justice seems a dim hope. The film follows the fate of the under trial workers, families and dismissed workers to investigate the underbelly of industrial conflict and the elusive nature of justice.

Rahul Roy graduated from the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 1987 with a post graduate degree in film making. His films have travelled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards. Rahul Roy’s films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger background of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. His work has focused primarily on masculinities. Besides film making he has been researching and writing on masculinities. His graphic book on masculinities titled ‘A Little Book on Men’ was recently published by Yoda Press.

Roy is the Director of Aakar, a Delhi based trust that works in the area of media, culture and research. Aakar has been engaged in several interventions on masculinities across the South Asian region for more than a decade now.

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:30pm
Haskell 315