Past Events

South Asia Seminar - Llerena Searle

Dates: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Holy Sh*t in Tamil: Exploring the Cultural History of Swearing and Abuse

Presentation by A.R. Venkatachalapathy

Lunch will be served

Dates: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Tales of Survival from Today's India: A Bilingual Hindi-English Reading with Uday Prakash

A lowly weaver's identity is stolen by a ruthless Brahmin; a street sweeper uncovers a hollow wall in Delhi filled with black money; and as a slum-baby's head grown bigger and bigger, he grows smarter and smarter—as his family races to find the cure.
Hindi writer Uday Prakash and translator Jason Grunebaum will read from The Walls of Delhi (Seven Stories Press), shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Uday Prakash’s awards include the Sahitya Akademi, India’s top prize for Hindi. His fiction and poetry has been translated into German, Japanese, Marathi, Malayalam, Dutch, and Urdu.

Presented by: Humanities Visiting Committee at The University of Chicago, The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The Committee on Creative Writing

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 4:30pm
Logan Center

South Asia Seminar - Kapil Raj

"Making a Portuguese-Language Herbal Speak: 'Local' Knowledge and the East India Company on the Malabar Coast in the 18th Century"

European knowledge, especially medicine, is usually presented as being "scientific" as opposed to the "empirical", non-theorised, "local" practices of non-European peoples. It is thus a commonplace amongst historians to consider that the former displaced the latter if not into total oblivion at least into marginality during the course of European expansion and colonisation. Preliminary research on a mid-18th Portuguese-language century herbal and pharmacopeia from the Malabar coast allows us to examine this widely-held assumption and helps throw new light on the interaction between European and "local" medical practices as well as on the languages through which they they circulated and interacted with each other. Finally, this research also contributes significantly to our understanding of the commercial, administrative and diplomatic practices of the English and other European East India Companies on the Malabar coast during this period.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond

Friday April 18, 2014
Symposium: "Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond"
12pm; Fulton Recital Hall
Panels, roundtable, and keynote lecture by Pallabi Chakravorty
Refreshments will be served all day, with dinner at 5:30pm

Saturday April 19, 2014
Dance workshop with Joanna de Souza
11am; Logan Penthouse

Saturday April 19, 2014
Indian Classical Performance
7pm; Logan Penthouse
Features Joanna de Souza as soloist, accompanied by Raju Deshmukh on tabla, and introduced by members of Kalapriya Dance Company

*Photo by Ritesh Das

Dates: 
Friday, April 18, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
Fulton Hall (5845 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL)

South Asia Graduate Student Conference

Dates: 
Friday, April 18, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
Classics 110 (1010 E. 59th Street)

Quest for Identity and Emerging Trends in the Contemporary Art of Bangladesh - Rafi Haque

Institutionalized artistic production or modern art in Bangladesh emerged with the founding of the Arts Institute in Dkaha in 1948. Its mourning in the following six decades was hardly smooth. The art of Bangladesh had to etch out its own path while facing myriad challenges - religious injunctions, social indifference, and a lack of political consensus. It was in 1971, in the newly-independent nation, that art became infused with new life and unforeseen energy. Bangladeshi art has found its own language since.

Artist Rafi Haque will speak on this quest for identity and emerging trends in the contemporary art of Bangladesh.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Making Hinduism a 'world religion': before and after Swami Vivekananda

A lecture by Sir Christopher A. Bayly
Sir Christopher A. Bayly of Cambridge University is the inaugural Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor, and will be part of the faculty for Spring Quarter 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.

A synopsis of the lecture is as follows:
The term ‘world religion’ derives from Max Weber, and by implication from Hegel, but both these thinkers denied this status to Hinduism itself, seeing it respectively as a ‘dream religion’ and ‘other wordly’. This lecture seeks to show, however, that Hindu public figures, at least from the early colonial period onward, sought to make Hinduism a faith that was recognised in the wider world and also worked within Indian society through education, missionising and social work. Key figures here were Rammohan Roy and Keshub Chandra Sen in the 19th century. Vivekananda developed this theme further with his appearance at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and foundation of the Ramakrishna Mission.

Co-sponsored by International House Global Voices Program.

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
International House, Assembly Hall (1414 East 59th Street)

Rafi Haque - Art Reception

Reception will include food.

Biography of the Artist:
Rafi Haque is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Bangladesh. Born in Kushtia in 1965, he received his MFA in 1991, with specialization in printmaking, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. His experiments with printmaking and painting over the past two decades have brought him numerous national and international accolades including the First Prize in 5th World Triennele of Print, Chamalieres, France in 2000. Also he was 'Artist-in-Residence' in Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan in 2000.

Rafi's works have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, Poland, South Korea, Malaysia, Macedonia, Argentina, and the United States of America. Some of his recent participation international expositions includes 'Prints Tokyo 2012', and 'Fifth Beijing International Art Biennale 2012'.

Dates: 
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

India in the Global Legal Context: Courts, Culture, and Commerce

Event Schedule:

Introduction: Friday, April 4, 10:15-10:30am
Iza Hussin (UChicago, Political Science) – remarks

Striking a Uniquely Indian Balance: Recent Innovations in Indian Intellectual Property Law: Friday, April 4, 10:30 – 12:00pm
Adrian Johns (UChicago, History) – chair
Shyam Balganesh (UPenn, Law) – presenter
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (UChicago, Anthropology) – faculty discussant
Elizabeth Lhost (UChicago, History) – student discussant

Lunch, in the Social Science Tea Room: Friday, April 4, 12:00-1:20pm<./strong>

Comparative Approaches to Sex Selection in India & the United States: Friday, April 4, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Jothie Rajah (American Bar Foundation) – chair
Sital Kalantry (UChicago, Law) – presenter
Sonia Katyal (Fordham, Law) – faculty discussant
Sayantan Saha Roy (UChicago, Anthropology) – student discussant

The City as Transnational Classroom: Urban Spaces as Sites of Engagement between Property Rights and Conflicting Modernities: Friday, April 4, 3:30-5:00pm
Bernadette Atuahene (IIT Chicago-Kent, Law) – chair
Priya Gupta (Southwestern, Law) – presenter
Eduardo Peñalver (UChicago, Law) – faculty discussant
Marco Segatti (UChicago, Law) – student discussant

Grappling at the Grassroots: Litigant-Efforts to Access Economic and Social Rights in India: Saturday, April 5, 10:00-11:30am
Martha Nussbaum (UChicago, Law & Philosophy) – chair
Jayanth Krishnan (Indiana-Bloomington, Law) – presenter
Arvind Elangovan (Wright State, History) – faculty discussant
TBA – student discussant

Concluding Remarks: Saturday, April 5, 11:30am-12:00pm
Anup Malani (UChicago, Law) – remarks

Lunch in the Social Science Tea Room: Saturday, April 5, 12:00-1:30pm

All panels take place in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224)

Sponsors:
COSAS, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Norman Wait Harris Fund (Center for International Studies), the Law School, Grad Council, the Franke Center for the Humanities, South Asian Law Students Association.

This event is free and open to the public. No response is required, but seating is limited. For further information please contact the organizer, Deepa Das Acevedo, at ndd@uchicago.edu

Dates: 
Friday, April 4, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 5, 2014 (All day)
John Hope Franklin Room - SS224 (1126 E. 59th Street)

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