Yale Celebrates South Asian Studies

The South Asian Studies Council at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies will hold a nine–day festival celebrating South Asian scholarship, beginning April 13.

The festival will feature a wide range of academic approaches to the region, including political science, anthropology, religious studies, literature, women’s studies, archaeology, ethnicity and migration. One highlight will be a “Knowing South Asia” workshop on April 15, featuring four acclaimed authors who will reflect on South Asian authenticity, belonging, nationhood and diaspora.

The following events are free and open to the public:

April 13, 4 p.m., Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
Rustgi Annual Lecture
Sudipta Kaviraj, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, “An Outline of a Revisionist Theory of Modernity”

April 14, 4 p.m., Room 1, 51 Hillhouse Ave.
Tarak Nath Das Lecture
Upinder Singh, Delhi University, “The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology”

April 15, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Luce Hall.
“Knowing South Asia” Workshop
Authors M.G. Vassanji, Samina Ali, Suketu Mehta and Meena Alexander,

April 15–17
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
“Manipulating Magic: Sages, Sorcerers, and Scholars”
Keynote: April 15, 4 p.m. Luce Hall.
Gregory Schopen, University of California, Los Angeles, “The Life and Travels of a Sanskrit Verse, or: Why We are All in the Same Room Today”
Call 203–432–3426 to register for this conference.

April 18, 4 p.m. Room 202, Luce Hall.
General Ven Prakash Malik, India’s Chief of Staff, Army 1997–2000, “A Security Perspective on India and the World”


April 21, Noon, Room 1, 51 Hillhouse Ave. Lunch provided.
Ahmed Afzal, PhD candidate in anthropology, “The (Un)Making of a South Asian Aesthetic: The Circulation of Bollywood in Pakistan and amongst Pakistani Immigrants in the West.”

For more information on any of the events, contact south.asia@yale.edu or call 203–432–5596.

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