Past Events

South Asia Seminar: “The Highway, Automobility and New Promises in 1960s Bombay Cinema”

Ranjani Mazumdar, Professor of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi

A fascination for color in the 1960s led to Bombay cinema’s mobilization of the hinterland as the site for a new future. With the development of Indian highways and an increase in automobility, a new map of India now occupied the cinematic imagination. This talk will explore the links between the infrastructure of automobile culture, the highway, industrial development outside the city, and 1960s Bombay Cinema.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
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TAPSA: “An Empire of Literary Telugu: The Andhra Sahitya Parishat and Telugu Classicism in an Age of British Imperialism (1911-1915)”

Gautham Reddy

Scholars of Telugu literature have frequently represented Telugu Classicism at the turn of the twentieth century as the dying gasp of an ancient régime. This essay revisits the early years of the Andhra Sahitya Parishat (1911-1915) in order to examine questions around the origins and persistence of Telugu Classicism and its relationship to contemporary Indian notions of modernity at the turn of the twentieth century. A review of the Parishat's early interventions in public literary controversies surrounding the standardization of Telugu prose and its successful attempts to position itself as a nationalist intermediary sheds powerful light on the early twentieth century fascination with Telugu Classicism among the English-educated Telugu graduate class and showcases a 'Lost Era' of literary activism and national identity formation in the shadow of Empire. Ultimately, this essay argues that Telugu Classicism was an integral dimension of contemporary projects of linguistic and literary reform and constructively contributed to the imagination of Telugu as a 'national language' in an era of British Imperialism.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
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Workshop on Kudiyattam

Please join us for a workshop on Kudiyattam, with presentations by Whitney Cox, Davesh Soneji, David Shulman, and Margi Madhu.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (All day)
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Nepathya - Kudiyattam Performance

Please join us for a public performance by the group Nepathya. India has a rich theatrical tradition with ancient roots. The classical Sanskrit theater survives today in performance in only one theaterical form, the Kudiyattam, from the state of Kerala in southwest India.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 (All day)
Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

South Asia Seminar: “European Science and Colonial Anthropology in British India, c. 1871-1911”

Christopher John Fuller, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics

For the government officials who carried out ethnographic inquiry and anthropological research in colonial India, the aims and objective were always both ‘scientific’ and ‘administrative’. Modern scholarship on colonial anthropology in India has focused on its administrative, political or ideological aspects, whereas this talk will examine its scientific, academic and intellectual aspects, with particular reference to the work of H. H. Risley, British India’s leading official anthropologist.

Dates: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
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Sister Nivedita’s 150th Anniversary

Dance performances and talks by Swamis in the Vivekananda society, hosted by Hindu Sangam and the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago.

Dates: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ida Noyes 3rd Floor Theater

TAPSA: "Style, Voice and Philosophy: A Study of Ratnākaraśānti’s and Jñānaśrīmitra’s Introductory Verses"

David Tomlinson

Does our appreciation of a philosopher’s style and voice affect effect our reading of his or her arguments? And if it does, is there any way that this might be admissible as evidence in our discussion of those arguments? By looking at their ornate introductory verses, I will explore these questions by considering the contrasting voices and philosophical, religious, and pedagogical interests of the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist philosophers Ratnākaraśānti and Jñānaśrīmitra.

Dates: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
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Chapakhana

A digital humanities project launch hosted by Ulrike Stark

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
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South Asia Seminar: "Love Jihad: Pasts and Presents of Communal Fantasies and Moral Panic”

Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi

This talk will juxtapose disjunctive invocations of Hindu male prowess and constructions of ‘licentious’ and sexually ‘ferocious’ Muslim male on the one hand, and assertions of recalcitrant female desire on the other, in modern India. Taking at its cue manufactured campaigns by hegemonic-homogenized Hindu identities and patriarchies around ‘abductions’ and conversions of Hindu women by Muslim men in early twentieth century colonial north India and in present-day India under the supposed threat of ‘love jihad’, the talk will probe intersections between sexualities, religious identities, intimate lives and political articulations.

The talk will reflect on how the arc of Hindu female desire for men outside the community, even while reifying heteronormativity, means that such desire is visceral and tactile, though it can only be acknowledged when it is being regulated as transgression, producing moral disciplining and everyday violence along the alliance model of sexuality, where through the arrangement of marriages, relations and boundaries of religion are policed.

Dates: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
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TAPSA: "Defining Slavery through Tamil and Malayalam Texts"

Malarvizhi Jayanth

Comparisons between West Indian and South Asian forms of slavery marked the unprecedented scrutiny of the enslaved in nineteenth-century southern India during the East India Company’s attempts to abolish slavery. Taking the question posed by abolitionism to an assortment of Tamil and Malayāḷam texts ranging from the ancient through the modern, this talk presents some indigenous definitions of slavery. While elite texts posit caste difference as cause for enslavement and place the enslaved outside history altogether, subaltern rituals and texts question the hierarchy and insist on the historical agency of the enslaved.

Dates: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
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