Past Events

TAPSA Seminar: Breaking Form: The Urdu Medical Periodical & Its Readers

Lecture by Sabrina Datoo, PhD Candidate, History, University of Chicago

The Urdu medical periodical appeared as a new form for the circulation of medical knowledge in the middle of the nineteenth century. By the early twentieth century, these periodicals began to give voice to their readers through columns on medical advice. In so doing, they introduced the symptom to a broad public, as an object of scrutiny and a source of self-fashioning. This paper seeks to trace the voice of the ill reader as it moved out of the clinic and personal correspondence and into a public domain mediated by editors, medical specialists and other ill readers.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Annual Swami Vivekananda Lecture

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (All day)

South Asia Music Ensemble featuring Ameera Nimjee

Join the South Asian Music Ensemble for its annual Spring event, featuring performances of classical and folk Indian dance and instrumental transitions from across the Indian subcontinent. Reception to follow.
Presented by the Department of Music and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Logan Center Performance Penthouse

South Asia Seminar Series, Bryan J. Cuevas: “The Murderous Saint: Making Sense of The Life of Ra Lotsawa”

Tibet’s scandalous eleventh-century tantric master, monk, and translator of Buddhist scripture, Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak, is notorious for having killed through magical means more than a dozen of his rivals and others he perceived as antagonistic to his spiritual mission. How does tradition make sense of this murderous saint and why would the life of such a peculiar sort of Buddhist hero be considered worthy of celebration and memorialized in writing in an extravagant work of Tibetan namtar, an exemplary Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography? In my presentation these and other questions are on the table for discussion.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:30pm
Foster Hall 103

South Asia Seminar Series: The Murderous Saint: Making Sense of the Life of Ra Lotsawa

Lecture by Bryan J. Cuevas

Tibet’s scandalous eleventh-century tantric master, monk, and translator of Buddhist scripture, Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak, is notorious for having killed through magical means more than a dozen of his rivals and others he perceived as antagonistic to his spiritual mission. How does tradition make sense of this murderous saint and why would the life of such a peculiar sort of Buddhist hero be considered worthy of celebration and memorialized in writing in an extravagant work of Tibetan namtar, an exemplary Tibetan Buddhist sacred biography? In my presentation these and other questions are on the table for discussion.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103

gender|publics|panics in the global South

A conference co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 (All day) to Friday, May 6, 2016 (All day)
Wilder House, The University of Chicago

Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal

Lecture by Ralph W. Nicholas
Presented by International House Global Voices Author Night

Ralph W. Nicholas is the William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He was President of the American Institute of Indian Studies and now is Chair of its Board of Trustees. Before his retirement he served as the Dean of the College, Deputy Provost, and Director of International House at the University of Chicago.

"... there are many other rituals that people in Kelomal think are very important; these rituals treat deities whose characters and powers are very diverse, and whose modes of worship are quite different from one another. The Bengalis often say, in uncharacteristic understatement, baro mase tero parban, 'In twelve months there are thirteen rituals.' I have taken the title of this book from that expression." -Ralph Nicholas

Dates: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 5:30am
International House

“Islam and Regimes of Evidence"

How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.
This is a 3-day conference held by the UChicago Divinity School.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 4:30pm to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:30pm
Franke Institute

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

COSAS and SALC Anniversary Conference: Sites of South Asian Studies

Thursday, April 28: Opening address by Richard Davis
Friday, April 29: Keynote address by Sheldon Pollock

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (All day)
Swift Hall

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