Past Events

TAPSA: Kimberly Walters, "Benevolent Tyrants: Sex Trafficking and Humanitarian Giving"

‘Rescue’ from the sex industry in Hyderabad, India often resembles something like a forcible trade in humans for monetary gain—a sort of humanitarian version of trafficking. This work is carried out by humanitarian brokers who must creatively mediate the frictions between, on the one hand, the stories donors are willing to hear about the sex industry and, on the other, the very different stories that Telugu women who sell sex tend to tell about themselves.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103

South Asia Seminar - Yael Rice"e Emperor’s Dreams and the Painter’s Brush: Artists and Agency at Jahangir’s Court"

This talk will consider the unusually agentive status that early seventeenth centuryMughal painters enjoyed as the depicters—as opposed to inventors—of the Mughal emperor Jahangir’s oneiric experiences. In doing so, it argues that Mughal artists, among other makers of the book (calligraphers, binders, illuminators), played an integral and hitherto under appreciated role as producers of and participants in the imperial aura.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Workshop by Saraswathi Ranganathan on Indian veena

Learn how the iconic veena is part of the South Indian classical music environment.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Logan 703

TAPSA Talk - Jamal Jones

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Workshop II by Rehanna Kheshgi on the music of Assam

Rehanna, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, will offer an introduction to the music of Assam through its various song traditions. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Madras in the 1930s

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:15am to Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:15am
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

7th Chicago International Education Conference

SALAC is proud to cosponsor the Chicago International Education Conference , which will be hosted at the International House at the University of Chicago by the Center for International Studies, Friday, November 7, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The conference theme is Problem Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World.

Through presentations and discussions, the International Education Conference links curriculua that addresses global issues—world conflicts, human rights, climate change—and problem-solving strategies applicable to everyday dilemmas that students confront.The event is intended for K-12 teachers and administrators, but open to all interested individuals. Attendees can earn up to 6 clock hours/CPDUs applicable to ISBE licensure requirements.

The keynote speakers are Karen Robinson and Emily Pilloton. Robinson is the Senior Education Manager for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Education project "Speak Truth to Power," a global in initiative to educate students through the experiences of human rights defenders. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. Pilloton founded and serves as executive director of "Project H," an education non-profit that uses design to empower youth and transform communities. Youth-led public design projects are rooted in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) content to connect in-school learning to out-of-school possibility.

The Chicago International Education Conference is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required to attend.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

South Asia Seminar - Davesh Soneji "Tukaram in the Tamil Country: Marathi Kirtan, Multilingualism, and the Making of South Indian Musical Tradition"

Marathi Varkari and Ramdasi kirtan was brought to Tamil-speaking South India during the earliest phases of the establishment of Maratha power in Thanjavur at the end of the seventeenth century. These practices survived largely through institutions known as Ramdasimaths in Thanjavur city and nearby Mannargudi, which received patronage from Marathi-speaking desastha Brahmins in the region and also from the Thanjavur court itself. In this presentation, I consider the process by which Marathi kirtan was “indigenized” by the Tamil smarta Brahmin community in Thanjavur by focusing on the development of a uniquely cosmopolitan practice that today is known as “bhajana sampradaya.” e codication of this multilingual, hybrid musical practice was no doubt a mirroring of the Thanjavur court’s own culture of literary polyglossia. e poems of Namdev, Chokhamela, Tukaram, Janabai, Samarth Ramdas and others are brought into a world of not only uniquely “South Indian” ragas and singing-styles, but also into a the distinct ritual and mnemonic culture of Tamil Brahmins that includes life-cycle events, temple-style domestic puja, purity laws, and contemporary identity politics. Today, the memory of Marathi kirtan is put to the service of the public identity of segments of the Tamil Brahmin community, largely through one of the community’s most cherished expressive forms, namely “classical Karnatak” music, fully inected with all its nationalist socio-historical resonances. I argue that the making of modern Karnatak music and the caste-based aesthetic it engenders cannot be disassociated from its Marathi kirtan and bhajana roots. I propose a complex genealogy for Karnatak music that foregrounds the co-opting of Marathi musical and literary traditions and takes seriously the powers of polyglossia in the world of music.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)