Past Conferences and Workshops

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

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

Nehru and Modern India

Workshop led by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:30am to 6:00pm
Classics 110

Workshop by Dipesh Chakrabarty on “Nehru and Modern India”

Apr. 10 (Fri.)
(10:30am, Classics 110)

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:30am
Classics 110

New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality

While historians have traditionally been less explicit than other social scientists in their use of theory, we have witnessed in the past half year an unprecedentedly polemicized debate within the profession over the direction, methodology, and theoretical orientation future history-writing must take. Book length treatises by Lynn Hunt (Writing History in the Global Era, September 2014), and Jo Guldi and David Armitage (The History Manifesto, July 2014) have been met with enlivened article-length rejoinders by fellow historians (Sam Moyn, Deborah Cohen, Peter Mandler).

If these historians made differing methodological, theoretical and political claims on the task of history-writing, what was emphatically not under debate was the fact that historians now have to “think big” and write global. Bringing together distinguished internal and visiting historians and social scientists, this conference aims to foster a public dialogue on the new directions of writing global histories among some of its most critical practitioners in the discipline of history and beyond.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
Franke Institute for the Humanities JRL S-102

Workshop by Bertie Kibreah & Khalada Sultana Milon on Bangla folk music

Presented by the South Asian Sound Interventions initiative and the Department of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Logan 703

World Beyond the Headlines- Upper Caste Racism: The Marked and Unmarked Across the Globe

In an essay written twenty years ago, Gyanendra Pandey spoke of “upper caste racism” as a central feature of the politics of the Hindu upper castes and classes. In this presentation, Prof. Pandey will extend that proposition, and suggest that all racism is upper caste racism. Upper caste, because ruling and dominant groups and classes across the globe believe it is their inherited right to rule and to live in special comfort and prosperity. Racism, because that is a way of keeping subordinated and marginalized groups – sometimes called minorities – “in their place;” and because the assumption of the right to rule, property and ‘culture’ leads to the segregation and subordination of those without privileged access to these, and to their denigration, castigation and even expulsion at times when they are seen as challenging the existing order of caste and race, Black and White.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Social Science Research Room 122