Audio Recordings Archive

March 15, 2011

Islamist Movements in South Asia

Presented by Journalist Ahmed Rashid and Professor Ebrahim Moosa as part of the Center for International Studies'series World Beyond the Headlines


October 21, 2010

Moonset on Sunrise Mountain: Narrative, Politics, and the Accession of Kulottunga I Cola

Whitney Cox, Lecturer in Sanskrit, School of Oriental and African Studies


October 19, 2010

The Flood Disaster in Pakistan: socio-economic consequences and potential geopolitical ramifications

Imtiaz Gul, Ex. Director, Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad


September 30, 2010

The Empire and the Birth of Historical Research in India

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History at the University of Chicago


May 17, 2010

Elephants, Gods, and People: The cultural History of the Asian Elephants

Raman Sukumar, author


May 11, 2010

Between Globalization and Global Warming

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History at the University of Chicago


May 7, 2010

Non-Eurocentric Historical Geographies of Modern Science: Perspectives from South Asia

Kapil Raj, Director of Studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris


April 17, 2010

Situation the Subaltern in South Asian Medical History

David Hardiman, History, University of Warwick (7th SAGSC)


April 17, 2010

Impossible Translation: Beyond the Legal Body in Two South Asian Family Courts

Srimati Basu, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky


April 8, 2010

Language Worlds in South Asia

Debjani Ganguly, Humanities Research Center at Australian National University


April 8, 2010

Afghanistan and the Future of Peace Operations

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO


April 1, 2010

Celling India: The Mobile Phone's Contribution to Capitalism, Democracy, and Unsettling Society

Robin Jeffrey, Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University


March 12, 2010

Keynote: Provincializing the World: Europeans, Indians, and Jews (1704)

Carlo Ginzburg, Scuola Normale di Pisa


March 9, 2010

The Consequences of the Escalation of War in Afghanistan

Gilles Dorronsoro, visiting scholar in the Carnegie Endowment's South Asia Program


March 4, 2010

The Heuristic Potential of the Dream Register of Tipu Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782-99)

Kate Brittlebank, Senior Lecturer, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania


March 1, 2010

The Influence of Shaivism on Pala Buddhism

Alexis G. J. S. Sanderson, Indologist and fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford


January 28, 2010

The Stones of Banaras: Conservation and Colonial Bureaucracy in a Small Indian City

Michael Dodson, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University


November 5, 2009

Invoking Chola and Maratha Pasts in Colonial Thaniayur: King Serfoji II's Reinvention of the Brihadisvara Temple

Indira Viswanathan Peterson, Professor of Asian Studies, Mt. Holyoke College


October 29, 2009

What Is a Record? Tamil Scribes in the Polyglot World of Early Colonial Madras

Bhavani Raman, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University


October 8, 2009

I Am Who I Am: On Being Nostalgic in Sanskrit

David Shulman, Professor of Humanistic Studies, Dept. of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


October 1, 2009

Temples and Conquest in the Deccan, 1296-1500

Richard Eaton, University of Arizona


June 5, 2009

A Sky to Fly: Archiving Women's Lives in Words and Images

C.S. Kakshmi, Director of Sound and Picture Archive for Research on Women, Mumbai


May 21, 2009

Birth of the Girl-Child: Speculations on the Nineteenth Century Reawakening

Ruby Lal, Associate Professor, Dept. of South Asian Studies, Emory University


May 14, 2009

In the Name of God: Regulating Religion in Indian Elections

Ronojoy Sen, Visiting Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy


May 7, 2009

Aesthetics of Indian Art

Ramachandran Nagaswamy, Director of Archaeology at the University of Kanchipuram


April 18, 2009

Keynote: Connecting the Dots: Some Ways of Reframing South Asian History

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Doshi Chair of Indian History, UCLA (6th SAGSC)


April 17, 2009

Roundtable: On the Usefulness of the Concept of the Modern

Steven Collins (UChicago), Wendy Doniger (UChicago), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA)


January 14, 2009

Terror in Mumbai: Reflections on the Aftermath

Steven Wilkinson, Martha Nussbaum, Tarini Bedi, Robert Pape, Manan Ahmed


November 20, 2008

Sites of Conflict: Identity and Insurgency in Postcolonial Northeast India

Suryasiha Pathak, Fulbright Fellow at SUNY-Oswego


November 20, 2008

The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power

Tariq Ali, writer and film-maker


November 12, 2008

Challenges for the New Administration in Iraq and Afghanistan

Juan Cole, Professor of History at University of Michigan


November 5, 2008

India: The Emerging Giant

Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Columbia University


June 10, 2008

Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani Journalist


May 15, 2008

Making Sense of Caste-Politics Interaction in Contemporary India

Suhas Palshikar, Professor of Politics and Public Administration at University of Pune, India


May 9, 2008

PGE Distinguished Lecture: Is Development Sustainable? Not Even Close.

Robert Repetto, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University


April 10, 2008

Muslim Peace Building in Conflict Regions of Southeast Asia

Kikue Hamayotsu (Northern Illinois University), Kriya Lanputeh (Yala Islamic University ), Abdulghoni Suetair (Prince of Songkla University)


March 18, 2008

Ganesa versus Kusilavau: Myths and Reality of the Oral Compostion of the Sanskrit Epics

John Brockington, Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh


March 13, 2008

The Language of Global History: Ashraf, Middle Classes and Buerger- Examples from Delhi in the Nineteenth Century

Margrit Pernau, University of Bielefeld


March 6, 2008

Moments of Self-Portraiture in Mughal Painting

Monica Juneja Huneke, Emory University


March 4, 2008

The Sixth Anniversary of the Gujarat Riots

Shabnam Hashmi, Executive Secretary of Act Now for Harmony and Democracy


February 27, 2008

One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices

Neera Adarkar, architect and women's rights activist


February 26, 2008

Kingship, Courts and Capitals: Sultanate Delhi in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries

Sunil Kumar, Medieval History, University of Delhi


February 7, 2008

Imagining Inscriptions: Epigraphy and the Construction of Indian History

Leslie Orr, University of Concordia


February 1, 2008

Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy

Ayesha Siddiqa, author and political analyst


January 25, 2008

Cows, Cars, and Cycle-Rickshaws: The Politics of nature on the Streets of Delhi

Amita Baviskar, Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University


January 23, 2008

Till Class Do Us Part: Youth and the Politics of Waiting in India

Craig Jeffrey, Dept. of Geography, University of Washington


January 17, 2008

Empire, Ethics, and the Calling of History

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor of History, University of Chicago


January 10, 2008

Bhadralok Detenus: Prisons and Detention Camps in Interwar Bengal

Durba Ghosh, Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University


Some of these lectures are also available in CD/DVD format through the South Asia Center video library. Please contact Irving Birkner (ibirkner@uchicago.edu) for further information.

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