Past Events

Malathi de Alwis Photo Exhibition

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:15am to Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:15am
Stuart Reading Room

South Asia Seminar - Rebecca M. Brown "Durations and Interruptions: People, Process, and Art at the 1985–86 Festival of India"

In the hot summer of 1985 in Washington DC, after opening the gallery each morning with a puja, forty artists and performers from India took their places on platforms marked with their names, crafts, and region, and proceeded to sew, mold, carve, paint, dance, sing, and play for the thousands of visitors who snaked through the National Museum of Natural History. The exhibition, entitled Aditi: A Celebration of Life, was one of over 70 art shows that took place as part of the Festival of India in the US, a series of international collaborations and contestations that presented a range of Indias to a range of audiences across the country. Aditi, an exhibition highlighting handicraft through an imagined ideal Indian village, builds on longstanding modes of conceiving India through craft, alongside nineteenth-century exhibitionary practices of putting people on display. Yet, the exhibition, in its broader frame as part of the Festival, and in the intimate durations and day-to-day relations among people, objects, sounds, and smells, presents an opportunity to think dierently about objects and agency, objectication and animation to get at the small scale durations and temporal irruptions that contributed to a dynamic,challenging, and ever-shifting presentation of India in the gallery.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Islamicate Studies Symposium

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am
SSA and Logan Center

TAPSA Talk - Charu Kulkarni

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Kathakali Lecture/Demonstration

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Reynolds Club 3rd Floor FXK Theatre

Gulabi Gang - Documentary Film Screening

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

South Asia Seminar - Kaley Mason "Enterprising Performers, Worldly Ethnopreneurs: Ritual Artistry out of Hereditary Servitude in Malabar"

Kerala is one of India’s premiere destinations for leisure travelers. Aggressively promoted as “God’s Own Country” since the early 1990s, the state’s robust tourism industry has benetted from an educated workforce, tropical scenery, Ayurvedic treatment facilities, and distinctive performing arts, including classical dance-dramas like Kathakali and visually stunning rituals like eyyam in Malabar. While many studies have examined touristic encounters with stationary hosts, few have explored the mobility of the “toured.” In this paper I trace the passage of Malayan eyyam spirit-medium performers from ritual servants in communities of worship, to artists on proscenium stages in destination branding strategies of corporate Kerala. Drawing on conversations with diverse actors in the industry, including a double-reed player and his high-caste impresario, I examine how global tourism opened new avenues for cultural mobility, as well as how subaltern performers adapted their craft accordingly. At the same time, I also reect on the ways in which these avenues were contingent on ethnicizing caste identity and forging inter-caste alliances, strategies that would appear to run against the grain of socialist Kerala’s sublimation of caste in favor of class.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Energy & the Global Environment

18 CPDUs
Only $125 for all three days
Breakfast and lunch included

The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 17th

This comprehensive three-day professional development workshop incorporates perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts to examine how concerns over energy scarcity and energy sustainability can be translated into creative classroom instruction. Topics include:

Fracking and the future of energy • Sustainable design and the environment • A scientist's view on the history of energy • Teaching demos on steam and solar energy • The history and politics of oil in the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia • Resource extraction and indigenous rights in Latin America • Sustainable transportation in the developing world • And much more!

For more information, contact Andy Graan by phone (773-834-3852) or email (

Monday, June 23, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (All day)
Logan Arts Center (915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637)

Center in Beijing Workshop

Saturday, June 7, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, June 8, 2014 (All day)