Past Events

“Symbolic Everyday Lives: New Directions in Research of Vijayanagara”

Two-day conference.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 5:30pm
Classics 110

Colloquium Speaker in Music

Colloquium Speaker in Music: James Kippen, ethnomusicologist of University of Toronto

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:30pm
Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed

South Asian Seminar Series: “What Should the Bhakti Movement Be?”

South Asia Seminar presentation by Jack Hawley.

In his book A Storm of Songs (Harvard University Press, 2015), Jack Hawley attempts to unearth the historical, political, and performative contingencies that gave birth to the concept of the bhakti movement. It emerges that, starting with the Mughals and their Kachvaha allies, North Indian groups looked to the Hindu South as a resource that would give religious and linguistic depth to their own collective history. Only in the early twentieth century, however, did the idea of a bhakti “movement” crystallize -- in the intellectual circle surrounding Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal. What should we do with the idea of the bhakti movement once we recognize that this portrait of history is deeply conditioned by a history of its own?

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

TAPSA: "How Buddhist Novice Monks Adjust to Monastic Aesthetics in Northern Thai Summer Camps"

TAPSA presentation by Michael Chladek.

This dissertation chapter explores “novice summer camps” (khrongkan buat samanen phak rueduron) in which boys across Thailand ordain for several weeks during the summer break from school. A main goal is for boys to learn to “adjust themselves” (prab tua) to temporary monasticism and behaving riaproi, a particular aesthetic and way of being that is neat and orderly. I argue that being riaproi is closely tied to ideas of “Thainess” (khwampenthai), linking the self-cultivation work of “novice summer camps” to Thai nationalism.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:30pm

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