Yearly Archives: 2012
Aaja Nachle! is Hawaii’s only Bollywood/bhangra dance troupe.We offer authentic and high-energy performances that would be sure to fire up a crowd for any occasion such as Indian or Bollywood-themed events, cultural programs, and weddings; we also offer consultation in planning these events, particularly on encouraging audience participation in the dance. We are passionate about everyone getting to experience the sheer bliss and excitement of this dance form and thus wish to create a creative space in the community through classes and informal dance events for anyone to come and learn what we know and enrich the group with their own talents. Balle balle!
For more information on classes and events, you can contact them at:
or like their Facebook page, Aaja Nachle Hawaii!!
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa invites paper and panel proposals on aspects related to its 30th Annual Spring Symposium
“Sensing South Asia”
Conference Dates: April 17-19, 2013, in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Deadline to submit proposals: January 15th, 2013
What happens when we approach social and natural worlds, the body, and affect through the senses? How do disciplinary and interdisciplinary understandings of South Asia change if we consider that what and how we feel, hear, taste, smell, touch, see, and intuit are culturally and historically mediated? The symposium invites scholars, artists, and practitioners to engage with the senses as portals to time, place, and social, cultural, and natural processes in South Asia. We are particularly interested in research grounded in sensory relations and intersensory modalities that can generate new questions for various disciplines. In this symposium, we want to explore what South Asian societies — and their histories, philosophies, everyday rituals and practices, and political economies — can offer to emerging theories and methods in sensory studies. Participants are encouraged to perform or use new media as part of their presentations.
The presentations could cover topics and themes such as:
And, sensory aspects of:
Our panels will be anchored by keynotes delivered by the following distinguished scholars:
Robert Desjarlais, Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College, and author of Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists (University of California, 2003). He is completing another book entitled, “Subject to Death: Life, Loss, and Mourning among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists.”
Uttara Asha Coorlawala, Dance, Ailey School and Barnard College, and is author of “It matters for whom you dance” in Dance Matters: Performing India on Local and Global Stages (Routledge, 2010). She has published numerous journal articles theorizing embodiment, performance and experience in relation to culture.
Nayanika Mookherjee, Anthropology, Durham University, author of The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence and Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971 (Duke University Press, Forthcoming). She has published extensively in edited collections and in journals on the anthropology of violence, memory, the state and nation, ethics, and aesthetics.
Please send 200-word abstracts for individual papers by email to email@example.com. If proposing an entire panel, please also include a paragraph-length rationale and a proposed title for the panel. A limited amount of free lodging will be available to participants.
Application Deadline: November 10, 2012
The J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India provides support for University of Hawai`i undergraduate or graduate students who want to study in India. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be doing advanced study or research in a pre-approved program of study relating to their degree at a reputable Indian institution. The CSAS will be awarding one more J. Watumull scholarship of up to $5,000 to a student who wishes to learn about the culture and history of India and its people. The minimum length of study in India will be for two months. The award must be used for Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 travel. Students from across the UH System are eligible to apply for support. Recipients must submit a written report of their experience and research objectives accomplished upon their return.
Application and more information available at: https://www.hawaii.edu/csas/academics/scholarships/
Applicants are encouraged to contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding the application process.
Professor of English, Subramanian Shankar, has published Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular (University of California Press).
In Flesh and Fish Blood Subramanian Shankar breaks new ground in postcolonial studies by exploring the rich potential of vernacular literary expressions. Shankar pushes beyond the postcolonial Anglophone canon and works with Indian literature and film in English, Tamil, and Hindi to present one of the first extended explorations of representations of caste, including a critical consideration of Tamil Dalit (so-called untouchable) literature. Shankar shows how these vernacular materials are often unexpectedly politically progressive and feminist, and provides insight on these oft-overlooked–but nonetheless sophisticated–South Asian cultural spaces. With its calls for renewed attention to translation issues and comparative methods in uncovering disregarded aspects of postcolonial societies, and provocative remarks on humanism and cosmopolitanism, Flesh and Fish Blood opens up new horizons of theoretical possibility for postcolonial studies and cultural analysis.
In Geography, Associate Professor of Geography, Reece Jones, has published Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel (Zed Books).
Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, why are leading democracies like the United States, India, and Israel building massive walls and fences on their borders? Despite predictions of a borderless world through globalization, these three countries alone have built an astonishing combined total of 5,700 kilometers of security barriers. In this groundbreaking work, Reece Jones analyzes how these controversial border security projects were justified in their respective countries, what consequences these physical barriers have on the lives of those living in these newly securitized spaces, and what long-term effects the hardening of political borders will have in these societies and globally.
Border Walls is a bold, important intervention that demonstrates that the exclusion and violence necessary to secure the borders of the modern state often undermine the very ideals of freedom and democracy they are meant to protect.
Two of the J. Watumull Study in India scholarships went to Christopher de Venecia and Joshua Mandelstam.
Christopher de Venecia is a Masters student at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His research interests focus on environmental planning, communtiy-based economic development, and natural resource management. His J. Watumull scholarship allows him to conduct research this summer and fall on waste-to energy power plants in Assam for his masters thesis.
Joshua Mandelstam is Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy. His J. Watumull scholarship allows him to examine Gandhi’s writings in the archives at the Sabarmati ashram and through this research, aim to get a deeper understanding of Gandhi’s action, context, and how by acting in accordance with a larger self, his interactions with others changed. This research will aid his PhD dissertation, the topic of which is how one’s conception of ‘self’ influences one’s moral attitudes and actions generally.
Monisha Das Gupta is the director of the Center for South Asian Studies, and associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is the author of Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics (Duke University press, 2006), and has written about the post-9/11 racial landscape, and its impact on South Asians. The essay, “Of Hardship and Hostility” in Wounded City: The Social Impact of 9/11 edited by Nancy Foner (Russell Sage Foundation, 2005) documents the violence directed at South Asian and Middle Eastern yellow cab drivers in New York City.
Please read Professor Jones’ Op-Ed published today in The New York Times titled “Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall” Continue reading
S.P. Udayakumar is a member of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy and the National Alliance of Anti-Nuclear Movements. He is one of the leaders of the non-violent protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu. He got his doctoral degree from the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1996. He is the author of Presenting the Past: Anxious History and Ancient Future in Hindutva India (Praeger 2005) and Handcuffed to History: Narratives, Pathologies, and Violence in South Asia (Praeger 2001). See “UH alum S.P. Udayakumar leads anti-nuclear movement in India.”
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa is pleased to announce the
J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India
The J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India will provide support for University of Hawai`i undergraduate or graduate students who want to study in India. Scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to students who wish to learn about the culture and history of India and its people. The minimum length of study in India will be for two months. Students from across the UH System, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, are eligible to apply for support.
Application materials are attached or available for download at: http://www.hawaii.edu/csas/academics/scholarships/
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Why study South Asia?
South Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world. It includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The region embraces ancient civilizations and modern technology, tall Himalayas and tropical beaches, people of most world religions, more than 400 languages, and literature, music, art, dance, philosophy, and food that have evolved for centuries. Whether you became interested in South Asia through yoga, Bollywood, or chicken curry, the more you learn about it, the more it amazes you, the more it challenges you.
Why study Hindi-Urdu?
Why at UH?