Past Events

Chicago Tamil Forum

The Chicago Tamil Forum is an annual two-day workshop for scholars working on modern Tamil Nadu to share their on-going, unpublished work. This year’s topic is “Politics of Media, Media of Politics." In addition to the workshop proper are two public events: (1) a memorial session of the workshop dedicated to the scholarship and legacy of Chicago Tamil Forum member, Chicago PhD (Anthropology, 2000), and dear colleague, John Bernard Bate (1960-2016) (Friday, May 20th, 2:45-4:20pm, Haskell 315), and (2) a screening of Nagappattinam: Waves from the Deep, a documentary about the plight of fisherman in post-Tsunami Tamil Nadu directed by Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai (Western Michigan University) (Friday, May 20th, 4:30-6:15pm, Foster 103). A schedule and list of participants can be found here: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/resources/chicago_tamil_forum/ . For more information, please contact Constantine V. Nakassis (cnakassi@uchicago.edu)

Dates: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)

South Asia Seminar Series: “Customs, Norms, and Narratives: Exegetical Strategies for Reading the Mahāsāṅghika-lokottaravāda Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya Amy Langenberg”

Lecture given by Amy Langenberg.

How to “translate” texts across centuries is the historian’s conundrum. To what extent, for instance, can texts that mention nuns be read as evidence for a thriving ancient nuns’ community? This paper asks basic questions about exegetical strategies for reading the vinaya, a Buddhist literature vital to questions about women in early Buddhism. It proposes that we read the Mahāsāṅghika-lokottaravāda Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya and other vinaya texts in a flexible manner, using several interpretive approaches depending on the “facial expression” of the passage in question.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

TAPSA Seminar: Breaking Form: The Urdu Medical Periodical & Its Readers

Lecture by Sabrina Datoo, PhD Candidate, History, University of Chicago

The Urdu medical periodical appeared as a new form for the circulation of medical knowledge in the middle of the nineteenth century. By the early twentieth century, these periodicals began to give voice to their readers through columns on medical advice. In so doing, they introduced the symptom to a broad public, as an object of scrutiny and a source of self-fashioning. This paper seeks to trace the voice of the ill reader as it moved out of the clinic and personal correspondence and into a public domain mediated by editors, medical specialists and other ill readers.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (All day)

South Asia Music Ensemble featuring Ameera Nimjee

Join the South Asian Music Ensemble for its annual Spring event, featuring performances of classical and folk Indian dance and instrumental transitions from across the Indian subcontinent. Reception to follow.
Presented by the Department of Music and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Penthouse

South Asia Seminar Series, Bryan J. Cuevas: “The Murderous Saint: Making Sense of The Life of Ra Lotsawa”

Tibet’s scandalous eleventh-century tantric master, monk, and translator of Buddhist scripture, Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak, is notorious for having killed through magical means more than a dozen of his rivals and others he perceived as antagonistic to his spiritual mission. How does tradition make sense of this murderous saint and why would the life of such a peculiar sort of Buddhist hero be considered worthy of celebration and memorialized in writing in an extravagant work of Tibetan namtar, an exemplary Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography? In my presentation these and other questions are on the table for discussion.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:30pm
Foster Hall 103

South Asia Seminar Series: The Murderous Saint: Making Sense of the Life of Ra Lotsawa

Lecture by Bryan J. Cuevas

Tibet’s scandalous eleventh-century tantric master, monk, and translator of Buddhist scripture, Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak, is notorious for having killed through magical means more than a dozen of his rivals and others he perceived as antagonistic to his spiritual mission. How does tradition make sense of this murderous saint and why would the life of such a peculiar sort of Buddhist hero be considered worthy of celebration and memorialized in writing in an extravagant work of Tibetan namtar, an exemplary Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography? In my presentation these and other questions are on the table for discussion.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103

gender|publics|panics in the global South

A conference co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 (All day) to Friday, May 6, 2016 (All day)
Wilder House, The University of Chicago

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal

Lecture by Ralph W. Nicholas
Presented by International House Global Voices Author Night

Ralph W. Nicholas is the William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He was President of the American Institute of Indian Studies and now is Chair of its Board of Trustees. Before his retirement he served as the Dean of the College, Deputy Provost, and Director of International House at the University of Chicago.

"... there are many other rituals that people in Kelomal think are very important; these rituals treat deities whose characters and powers are very diverse, and whose modes of worship are quite different from one another. The Bengalis often say, in uncharacteristic understatement, baro mase tero parban, 'In twelve months there are thirteen rituals.' I have taken the title of this book from that expression." -Ralph Nicholas

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 5:30am
International House

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