South Asia Program Event calendar ∙ FALL 2023

FALL 2023

All events are in person on Mondays @ 12:15 pm Eastern (New York) Time in G08 Uris Hall (*unless otherwise indicated). All events are open to the public.


Monday, August 28 @ 12:15 pm EST | Is the ‘Coolie Woman’ a Banker? | Kaneesha Parsard (English Language and Literature, University of Chicago)


*Saturday, September 9 @ 9:00 am EDT | L28 Hughes Hall | The Next Generation’s Initiative: Learning from the Past to Build the Future of Afghanistan conference

Monday, September 11 @ 12:15 pm EDT | The "Progressive Farmer” and the Moral Worlds of Agri-Commodity Standardization in India | Amrita Kurian (Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania)

Monday, September 18 @ 12:15 pm EDT | Faith and Floods: Everyday encounters with the incompleteness of reality in post-diluvian Karachi | Adeem Suhail (Anthropology, Franklin & Marshall College)

*Thursday, September 21 @ 12:00 pm EDT | Ethnocentrism and Democracy Failure in Afghanistan | Sharif Hozoori (South Asia Program, Cornell University)

*Friday, September 22 @ 4:30 pm EDT | To be a good woman? Caste, respectability and violence in South India and postwar Sri Lanka | Sharika Thiranagama (Anthropology, Stanford University)


Monday, October 2 @ 12:15 pm EDT | Boats in a Storm: Law, Migration, and Decolonization in South and Southeast Asia 1942 – 1962 | Kalyani Ramnath (History, University of Georgia)

*Wednesday, October 11 @ 4:45 pm EDT | Merchants of Virtue: Hindus, Muslims, and Untouchables in Eighteenth-Century South Asia | Divya Cherian (History, Princeton University)

*Friday to Sunday, October 13 - 15 @ 9:00 am EDT | India Conference 2023: India’s Economy in a Changing Global Landscape | 229 & 423 ILR Conference Center

*Monday, October 23 @ 4:45 pm EDT | Amphibian Cinema for a Deltaic Audience: Publicity Films in Riverine Bengal | Lotte Hoek (Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

*Friday, October 27 - Sunday, October 29 @ 9:30 am EDT | Johnson Museum of Art | The Next Monsoon: Climate Change and Contemporary Cultural Production in South Asia conference

Monday, October 30 @ 12:15 pm EDT | The Universal meets the Himalayan Particular: Interrogating Race, Caste, and Environmental Determinism in India | Mabel D. Gergan (Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University)

*Tuesday, October 31 @ 3 pm EDT | Is There a Case for Farmer Cooperation Today? Lessons from India and Europe | Bina Agarwal (University of Manchester)


Monday, November 6 @ 12:15 pm EST | Risk, Mobility, and Masculinity: Coming of Age in the Agrarian Borderlands of India and Bangladesh | Sahana Ghosh (Anthropology, National University of Singapore)

Monday, November 13 @ 12:15 pm EST | Towards Culturally Aware Artificial Intelligence | Aditya Vashistha (Information Science, Cornell University)

Monday, November 20 @ 12:15 pm EST | Women v. The State: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan on the Gendered Usage of State and Traditional Courts | Sarah Thompson (South Asia Program, Cornell University)

Monday, November 27 @ 12:15 pm EST | "Axom Deshor Bagisare Sowali": Tracing the History and Memory of Migration of Tea Plantation Labour through Jhumur Songs | Devika Singh Shekhewat (South Asia Program, Cornell University)


*Friday, December 1 @ 3:00 pm EST | Cooking and Cooling in an Age of Global Warming | Amita Baviskar (Environmental Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology, Ashoka University, India)

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