Past Events

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

“Islam and Regimes of Evidence"

How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.
This is a 3-day conference held by the UChicago Divinity School.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 4:30pm to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:30pm
Franke Institute

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

Thursday, April 28: Opening address by Richard Davis
Friday, April 29: Keynote address by Sheldon Pollock

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (All day)
Swift Hall

TAPSA Seminar: From the Maṇipravāḷaṃ(s) of Malayalam to the Language of Kerala

Lecture by Ellen Ambrosone, PhD Candidate, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Malayalis began to produce grammars as part of bhāṣāpariṣkāraṃ, or the modernization of Malayalam. Two of these grammars, Kēraḷa Kaumudi (1878) by Kovunni Nedungadi [Kōvunni Neṭuṅṅāṭi] and the Kēraḷapāṇinīyaṃ (1896) by A. R. Rajaraja Varma [E. Ār. Rājarājavarmma], grapple with how to engage with the European grammatical models produced in the first part of the nineteenth century. In this presentation I argue that their perspectives on the history of the language and their critical engagement with the grammarians that came before them occasioned a refashioning of linguistic epistemes by the end of the nineteenth century. Formerly studied and taught through the grammatical lenses of Tamil and Sanskrit, it is only when polyglot Malayali grammarians engaged with European models of grammatical analysis that Malayāḷabhāṣa came into its own.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103

Music Department Tea Time Concert Series

Music Department Tea Time Concert Series

Dates: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day)
Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed Hall

Seeking New Identity and Voice: Dalit Movements in Tamil Nadu

Lecture by A. P. Anbuselvam, Dalit Resource Centre, Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary & Madras Institute of Development Studies

The Dalit student bodies in college campuses bring to focus the conflict of Dalit identity with other political identities such as the Indian, Dravidian and Tamil as well as the Dalit perspective on the oppressive caste structure and the need for its elimination. A look at these is essential to understand the increasing violence in campuses and towns, whether it is about political assertiveness or marriage across caste.

Dates: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00pm
Kelly 114

Smart Lecture

Lecture given by Kavita Singh, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.

Dates: 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:30pm
CWAC

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