Past Events

C.S. Lakshmi (Ambai) Presentation

"Marks on the Body: Some Thoughts on Women, Language and Expression"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

South Asia Seminar - Peter Khoroche

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

Wendy Doniger in Conversation with Leela Gandhi on The Hindus: An Alternative History

Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative HIstory, recently halted publication in India as a result of a lawsuit that was settled out of court by the publisher, Penguin Books India. The suit was banned on Section 295A in The Indian Penal Code.

Here in Hyde Park, at The Seminary Bookstore, we wish to support Professor Doniger and show our appreciation of her willingness to discuss this seminal work despite legal action in India and the overwhelming media response. Leela Gandhi will act as interlocutor for the event.

Co-sponsored by The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Reception to follow the conversation.

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:00pm
Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn Ave)

We Are What We Eat: Teaching the Science and Archaeology of Ancient Food

Early-Bird Rate (Register before April 30): $15 members / $20 non-members
Standard Rate (Register after April 30): $30 members / $40 non-members
Lunch and all instructional materials will be provided.

FREE PARKING in Lexington Lot (half a block south of the Oriental Institute Museum)


In conjunction with the special exhibit In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, this workshop will guide you to:

  • Cruise the galleries with archaeologist Oya Topçuoğlu, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, to discover how the science and archaeology of ancient food reveals the social structures, belief systems, and daily practices that still influence us today
  • Participate in a unit plan created by your fellow teachers using the museum collection as inspiration
  • Develop your own Common Core-aligned unit plan, and build “questioning” skills as your teaching strategy
  • Participate in a hands-on activity with Atorina Zomaya of the Assyrian Kitchen, a Chicago-based interactive cooking project, and learn creative ways to engage your students in observation and analysis
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

COSAL (4th Norman Cutler Conference)

For More Information, Please See the COSAL Website

The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the Fourth Norman Cutler Conference on South Asian Literature (COSAL), featuring noted Marathi author Malika Amar Shaikh.

Malika Amar Shaikh will be introducing both her poetry and her prose (autobiography, short stories, and a novel).

The underlying theme of the conference is STREE-LIKHIT MARATHI

"Written from the Margins: Malika Amar Shaikh and Marathi Women Writers over the Centuries." The breadth of this canvas is intended to allow invited scholars in the field (from the United States, Great Britain, and India) to explore in their papers the larger contexts and wide-ranging historical and social locations of women's writing in Marathi and the multifarious forms and registers of the Marathi language they have employed: ranging from the 13th-century Yadava Period through the 15th-century Bahmani, from the 17th-century Shivakalin through the 18th-century Peshwai, from the Colonial through the Post-Colonial and Contemporary, all periods that have produced Marathi women's writing.

The keynote address will be given by Vidyut Bhagwat, Professor Emerita and retired Head of the Centre for Women's Studies, University of Pune, India.

The 2014 COSAL is sponsored by the University of Chicago's Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Creative Writing Program, the Gender Studies Program, and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi.

Friday, May 2, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All day)

South Asia Seminar - Llerena Searle

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Holy Sh*t in Tamil: Exploring the Cultural History of Swearing and Abuse

Presentation by A.R. Venkatachalapathy

Lunch will be served

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Tales of Survival from Today's India: A Bilingual Hindi-English Reading with Uday Prakash

A lowly weaver's identity is stolen by a ruthless Brahmin; a street sweeper uncovers a hollow wall in Delhi filled with black money; and as a slum-baby's head grown bigger and bigger, he grows smarter and smarter—as his family races to find the cure.
Hindi writer Uday Prakash and translator Jason Grunebaum will read from The Walls of Delhi (Seven Stories Press), shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Uday Prakash’s awards include the Sahitya Akademi, India’s top prize for Hindi. His fiction and poetry has been translated into German, Japanese, Marathi, Malayalam, Dutch, and Urdu.

Presented by: Humanities Visiting Committee at The University of Chicago, The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The Committee on Creative Writing

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 4:30pm
Logan Center

South Asia Seminar - Kapil Raj

"Making a Portuguese-Language Herbal Speak: 'Local' Knowledge and the East India Company on the Malabar Coast in the 18th Century"

European knowledge, especially medicine, is usually presented as being "scientific" as opposed to the "empirical", non-theorised, "local" practices of non-European peoples. It is thus a commonplace amongst historians to consider that the former displaced the latter if not into total oblivion at least into marginality during the course of European expansion and colonisation. Preliminary research on a mid-18th Portuguese-language century herbal and pharmacopeia from the Malabar coast allows us to examine this widely-held assumption and helps throw new light on the interaction between European and "local" medical practices as well as on the languages through which they they circulated and interacted with each other. Finally, this research also contributes significantly to our understanding of the commercial, administrative and diplomatic practices of the English and other European East India Companies on the Malabar coast during this period.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond

Friday April 18, 2014
Symposium: "Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond"
12pm; Fulton Recital Hall
Panels, roundtable, and keynote lecture by Pallabi Chakravorty
Refreshments will be served all day, with dinner at 5:30pm

Saturday April 19, 2014
Dance workshop with Joanna de Souza
11am; Logan Penthouse

Saturday April 19, 2014
Indian Classical Performance
7pm; Logan Penthouse
Features Joanna de Souza as soloist, accompanied by Raju Deshmukh on tabla, and introduced by members of Kalapriya Dance Company

*Photo by Ritesh Das

Friday, April 18, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
Fulton Hall (5845 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL)