Yearly Archives: 2011

Topic: 7 Billion People and our Future
Featured Author: Waquar Ahmed

Nov 23, 2011 | Leave a comment

Waquar Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Ahmed studies the socio-economic and environmental contradictions of capitalism.  His current research focuses on global governance institutions, corporate power, foreign direct investments, exploitation of nature in general and conventional energy resources in particular, energy infrastructure, and state-society relations.  He also examines the genealogy of global and national economic change, and social and environmental movements in opposition to such change.



Oct 7, 2011
CSAS Welcomes Six New South Asia Faculty Members to UH

CSAS is pleased to announce the addition of six new faculty members to its academic community.

Waquar Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Geography.  He studies the socio-economic and environmental contradictions of capitalism, focusing on global governance institutions, corporate power, foreign direct investments, exploitation of nature in general and conventional energy resources in particular, energy infrastructure and state-society relations.  He comes to UH after completing his PhD in Geography from Clark University.

Jan Brunson is Assistant Professor in Anthropology.  Her research interests include fertility and reproduction, new medical technologies and culture,
the subjectivity of motherhood, globalization and health, agency, gender,
family systems, adventure tourism, and Nepal.  She completed her PhD from Brown University.

Urvashi Chakravarty is Assistant Professor of English.  She studies early modern English drama using primarily a philological approach.  Professor Chakravarty comes to UH having completed her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Ashok Das is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning.  His research explores innovations in and challenges to ameliorating urban poverty in developing countries, with a primary focus on India and Indonesia.  Professor Das comes to UH having completed doctoral work in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.  His new research seeks to explore the impacts of natural disasters on cities and the impacts of integrated microfinance on urban poverty alleviation and community empowerment.

Andy Rumbach is also Assistant Professor in Urban Planning.  His research intetrests include disaster risk reduction and management, environmental planning,
urbanization and informality in South Asia, geographies of urban risk,
and planning history.  He comes to UH from Cornel University.

Cheri Vasek is Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology.  She teaches a variety of costume design and technology courses as beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.  Professor Vasek’s current research interest is in the process of Costume Designers in the Indian Film Industry.  To that end, she recently completed a 2-month field research trip to India under a USITT grant.

We welcome each of these new faculty to the South Asian Studies community at UHM!



UH Student Selected for Critical Language Scholarship

UH Student Kathy Nii has been selected by the United States Department of State as a recipient of a Critical Language
Scholarship.  Only three UH Students were selected.  Kathy will be studying Bangla/Bengali. Continue reading


Topic: Love Jihad? Moral Panics Past and Present
Featured Author: Charu Gupta

Sep 21, 2011 | Leave a comment

Charu Gupta, Associate Professor of History at the University of Delhi. Dr. Gupta is the author of Sexuality, Obscenity, Community: Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India (co-published by Permanent Black, Delhi & Palgrave, New York, 2002) and Contested Coastlines: Fisherfolk, Nations and Borders in South Asia (Routledge, Delhi and London, 2008). In 2006, she was the Rama Watumull Distinguished Indian Scholar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.



Aug 21, 2011
Bharatnatyam dancer and teacher, Dr. Anita Shanmuganathan, is being hosted by UHM’s Theatre and Dance department, and the CSAS as the Rama Watumull Distinguished Indian Scholar.

Dr. Shanmuganathan is visiting us from Chennai’s Bharata Kalanjali, a premier dance institution, and the Aeka Academy of Fine Arts of which she is the creative director.  She is teaching DNC 301, Asian Dance, on M, W, F between 3:30 and 4:45 pm at the DB Studio.


Aug 8, 2011
Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar is offering Hindi and Urdu Courses!

Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar will be offering a number of Hindi and Urdu classes this coming Fall ’11 semester. Continue reading


Jul 8, 2011
Announcing our 2011 J. Watumull Scholars for the Study of India

CSAS would like to congratulate our three new J. Watumull Scholars for the Study of India.  They are:

Lauren Armstrong, Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Lauren wants to go to the Himalaya Region of India in order to investigate major challenges facing rural communities in the state of Sikkim.  She is particularly interested in the connection between natural resources and tribal economies in the Himalaya Region.

Amit Chaturvedi, Philosophy Department.  Amit will enroll in the AIIS Summer Language Program in Sanskrit in order to increase his proficiency with the Sanskrit Language.  He plans to use this proficiency to carry out research on a number of ancient philosophical texts from South Asia.

Sheri Lyles, Department of Art and Art History.  Sheri plans to further her intrests in ecology by going to India to investigate the humane and environmental consequence of corporate agriculture in India.  She plans to work with eco-feminist activist Dr. Vandana Shiva.

Congratulations to all three Watumull Scholars and good luck in your endeavours in India.


Topic: Cricket and Corruption: What exactly was achieved by India’s sensational victory in the World Cup?
Featured Author: S. Shankar

Apr 28, 2011 | Leave a comment

 S. Shankar, Professor, Department of English, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. S. Shankar’s book of criticism Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation and the Vernacular is forthcoming from University of California Press. He is currently working on his third novel.



Apr 21, 2011
Congratulations to the winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship—Ranjan Adiga in English, Richard Foster in History, and Cedar Louis in Geography. The scholarship was set up in the memory of historian Jagdish Sharma to support graduate students who specialize in South Asia.


Apr 20, 2011
Published works by our CSAS Faculty this Academic Year

Prof. Ashraf coauthored “Hometown: The City in the Postnational Landscape” with Prof. Jyoti Puri  in the Economic and Political Weekly, October 19, 2010. 

Prof Bertz published three articles: Continue reading


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