Past Events

The Second Annual Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor Lecture: Vivekananda’s Irish Disciple: Sister Nivedita

Dipesh Chakrabarty, the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Lan-guages and Civilizations, and the College, will focus on the Indian life of Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble, b. 1867) who arrived in India in 1898 as a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and died there in 1911. Her experience of India provides fascinating material for a cross-cultural history of the land and the people she encountered.

This lecture will be dedicated to the memory of Sir Christopher A. Bayly, the inaugural Vivekananda Visiting Pro-fessor in 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.

This event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773.753.2274 For more information, please contact Rashmi Joshi at or 773.702.8635. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, International House, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:00pm
International House Assembly Hall 1414 E. 59th Street

Workshop: “Margins of Dravidianism”

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 5:00am

Rupa Viswanath, TAPSA

May 21 (Thurs.)
4:30 PM (Foster 103)

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

South Asia Seminar: Sharika Thiranagama (Stanford University), “Civility and intimacy: Post war transformations in Sri Lanka”

Join us to hear Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, speak on "Civility and Intimacy: Post-War Transformations in Sri Lanka" as part of the University of Chicago's South Asia Speaker Series. The Sri Lankan civil war ended brutally in 2009. Alongside the triumphant and troubling extension of Sri Lankan state sovereignty over the war zone areas, new possibilities and old ghosts animate everyday life in post-war Jaffna, one of the former disputed zones. This talk will discuss and contrast narratives about emerging forms of civility around two different kinds of post-war life, the first about inter-ethnic civilities between Tamils and Muslims and the second about intra-ethnic caste disputes with Tamil neighborhoods and families.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

Nicholson Faculty Lecture by Rochona Majumdar on “Cinema and the Era of Decolonization: India, 1947- 1964"

Join us for a Nicholson Faculty Lecture by Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations titled "Cinema and the Era of Decolonization: India, 1947-1964".

Reception to follow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 4:30pm
Classics 110

TAPSA: Hasan Siddiqui

May 7 (Thurs.)
(4:30pm, Foster 103)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

South Asia Seminar: Kris Manjapra (Tufts University), “Age of Entanglement: Indian-German Encounters and the Death of Europe”

Pursuing a multi-sited approach to the study of global intellectual history, this paper studies the interrelation, friction, and entanglement that developed between two distant centers of intellectual modernism located in Calcutta and Berlin, beginning in the late nineteenth century. The paper argues that the apparent peculiarity of German and Indian engagements from the 1880s-1950s actually serves to reveal deep characteristics of global modernist knowledge production, cutting across colonial, racial, civilizational and historiographic divides. By following traces of intellectual diaspora and entanglement, Kris Manjapra employs a critical transnational optic to challenge conventional notions about the boundaries of national identity, the global production of racial thinking, the uses of international comparison, and the sources of modernist thought. This is a South Asia Seminar Series led by Kris Manjapra, Associate Professor of History at Tufts University.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

Everyday Life and/of Politics: Hyderabadi Muslims and the MIM

The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (All India Association for the Unity of Muslims) of Hyderabad is one of three most visible Muslim political parties in India today. In spite of its controversial historical association with a militant anti-Accession position in princely Hyderabad during the 1940s, today the Majlis has crafted itself into a successful and legitimate political party. In this paper, I show how the everyday lives of Hyderabadi Muslims tangle with electoral politics, and the ways in which the seemingly routine activity of listening to and occasionally redressing grievances constitutes and performs the legitimacy of the Majlis as their most efficacious representative. This is a TAPSA event led by Shefali Jha, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

South Asia Sound Interventions: Lyon Leifer on Indian bansuri

Chicago-based flautist and bansuri musician Lyon Leifer will demonstrate and discuss his experience as a teacher and performer working in the nexus of the Indian bansuri and Western classical flute traditions. The workshop is free and open to all; no experience is necessary. Contact Ameera Nimjee ( for more information.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm
Logan 703