Past Events

Film Screening - "Jashn-e-Azadi" (How We Celebrate Freedom)

It’s August 15th, India’s Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. This is the point from which Sanjay Kak’s documentary begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom—of Azadi—in Kashmir. It begs the pertinent question of what often seems to get missed in the tangled web of this conflict…what about the people of the Valley?

The film will be introduced by program curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore and co-author of the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. A reception with the program curator will follow the screening.

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

Co-presented by Doc Films, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and the Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the special exhibition The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 (on view at the Smart through June 9).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:30am
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

Travels of Law: Networks, Trajectories, Transformations

A workshop to develop collaborative scholarship across the areas of law, colonialism and the Indian Ocean arena, aimed at developing new analytic and methodological approaches to answering broad questions about the movement of legal institutions, ideas and agents.

Friday, April 12, 2013 (All day)

Film Screening - Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema

A Retrospective of Films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and the Symposium "Parallel" to What? Pasts and Futures of Indian Arts Cinema

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Thursday, April 11, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, April 13, 2013 (All day)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

"New Directions in Modern South Asian History" Colloquium

Chris Bayly - The Death and Afterlife of "Liberalisms"
Faisal Devji - Interest as a Problem in Modern Indian History

Sponsored by COSAS and the University of Chicaogo History Department. We will have a dinner on the evening of April 10th after the colloquium.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, April 11, 2013 (All day)

“Being Becoming” – Classical Indian Dance

Malini Srinivasan and Dancers, a NYC-based Indian classical dance company, is performing Being Becoming – a Bharatanatyam dance that explores an idea central to Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, namely that one can become the object of their devotion, meditation, or desire. Devotional transformation, the idea of losing oneself or being consumed by the other, is extensively expressed in Indian traditions of poetry, music, painting, and dance. Each soloist, duet, and trio piece in Being Becoming explores the different ways in which the individual seeks to become one with the other, as well as traditional Indian theater techniques that enact the transformation from actor to character. Choreographer Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam artist, a Lecturer at the Asian & American Studies Department at SUNY Stony Brook, and performs with the Young Indian Culture Group and Anamika-Navatman. Malini received the 2012 Fringe NYC overall Excellence Award for the choreography of Being Becoming, as well as rave reviews during the show’s sold-out run at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.

This event is free and open to the Public. Doors Open at 2 p.m.

Presented by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series and the South Asia Language and Area Center.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
International House, Assembly Hall

The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.

The collective formed in the weeks after playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was beaten to death by politically patronized thugs while performing a street play. In the more than twenty years since, Sahmat has drawn on India's secular heritage and an expansive group of collaborators to produce a series of projects that engage in important political and social debates through a mix of high art and street culture.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, June 9, 2013 (All day)
Smart Museum of Art

Film Screening - The Buddhas of Mes Aynak

The Buddhas of Mes Aynak chronicles the fight to save a 5,000-year-old city — called one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Asia — from imminent destruction by a Chinese mining company in volatile Logar province, Afghanistan. Award-winning director Brent E. Huffman will be present to answer questions about his documentary.

Co-Sponsored by The Divinity School & Southern Asia at Chicago

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:30pm
Swift 106

South Asia Seminar - Irfan Ahmad

"Toward An Anthropology of Critique"

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)