Events archive

South Asia Seminar
Noaman G Ali (LUMS)
4 May 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online - Registration needed
This paper examines how the encounter of radical activism and peasant militancy reshaped economic and political relations—indeed, the forms and functions of informal and state institutions—in... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Himanshu Jha (Heidelberg)
27 April 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online - Registration needed
In Capturing Institutional Change: The Case of the Right to Information Act in India, I examine the how and why of institutional change through the lenses of transformation in the ‘information regime... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Julie Vig (University of Toronto)
2 March 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
How can Sikh cultural production in the premodern and early modern period be placed within and understood through wider cultural and literary movements and forces such as the world of Brajbhasha... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Ali Raza (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
23 February 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
Ali Raza is a historian of South Asia. His research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of modern South Asia, comparative colonialisms, decolonization, and post-... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Linda Hess (Stanford)
16 February 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
I don’t use ink or paper, this hand never touched a pen. The great truths of four ages Kabir tells with his mouth alone. If Kabir, the great 15th-century Hindi poet of Banaras, didn’t write anything... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Nosheen Ali (NYU)
9 February 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
This talk will examine the emotional and intimate logics of occupation, citizenship, and state-making in Gilgit-Baltistan, a contested borderland between India and Pakistan that forms part of the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Manan Ahmed (Columbia)
2 February 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
I present a short overview of my recent book, I closely examine the most complete idea of Hindustan, elaborated by the early seventeenth century Deccan historian Firishta, in his *Tarikh*. The talk... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Ed Simpson (SOAS)
26 January 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
This talk follows the route of State Highway 31 through western Madhya Pradesh, central India. It is both jaunty road-trip and abject lesson in how to read the global order. This journey takes us... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Robin Rinehart (Lafayette College)
19 January 2021 - 2:00pm
Teams Online
The Dasam Granth , a text attributed to the tenth guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, includes a composition with accounts of twenty-four avatars of the god Vishnu. The concluding story narrates the... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway)
24 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
This talk explores connections between ‘development’ and the politics of agrarian reform in Sindh (Pakistan) during the period of transition straddling Independence. On the one hand, it highlights... Read more
South Asia Seminar
John E Cort (Denison)
17 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Event
In his presentation, Cort starts with the observation that there are ten carved wooden Jain domestic shrines (ghar derāsar) in American museum collections. This raises a question: how and why did... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Cynthia Talbot (Texas at Austin)
10 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Event
ABSTRACT What did loyalty mean to warriors in the rapidly changing political landscape of early modern North India? I look at three case studies from the late sixteenth century in which elite... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Happymon Jacob (JNU)
3 November 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
Abstract Unlike ever before in India’s history, domestic political calculations and audience costs dictate the shaping of the country’s foreign and security policy. Under the Bharatiya Janata Party... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dr Philip Lutgendorf (Iowa)
27 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
(abstract) This illustrated talk details the promotion and spread of tea-drinking in 20th century India. Drawing on both archival and field research, it focuses on the mass popularization of “chai”... Read more
South Asia Seminar
Dilip Menon (Witwatersrand)
20 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Online via Teams Live Events
Abstract Conjunctures and crises reveal the fault lines of a society. Covid 19 and the resultant lockdown in India have brought back memories of the devastation wrought by the flu epidemic of 1918... Read more

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