Yearly Archives: 2013
Prof. Sankaran Krishna comments in the Hindustan Times on the protests against the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo. A political scientist, who is a postcolonial scholar, he has written extensively on ethnic identity and conflict and identity politics in India and Sri Lanka. He is the author of Postcolonial Insecurities: India, Sri Lanka and the Question of Nationhood, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999. (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000) and Globalization and Postcolonialism: Hegemony and Resistance in the 21st Century, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i
invites paper and panel proposals for its 31st Annual Spring Symposium
Brave New South Asia: Science, Technology and Society
April 16-18, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Deadline to submit proposals: January 24 (Friday), 2014
Inventions and innovations have a long history in South Asia. During the last three decades of globalization and neoliberalism, however, practices and discourse have both amplified the attention to developments in science and technology in South Asia while intensifying debates over their promise and dangers. This symposium invites critical reflections on science and technology as they transform the relationship between humans and their environments and reshape our conceptions of the human and natural in the context of South Asia and the diaspora. We are interested in a conversation across the sciences, social sciences and humanities that examines the interface between science and technology and the varied social, political and cultural ecologies as they have developed over time to bring us to our current moment — when South Asia figures as an incubator of innovations and as a striking example of their utopic and dystopic manifestations.
Please send 200-word abstracts for individual papers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If proposing an entire panel, please also include a paragraph-length rationale and a proposed title for the panel with paper titles and abstracts. A limited amount of free lodging will be available to participants.
Our panels will be anchored by keynotes delivered by the following distinguished scholars:
Abha Sur, Women’s & Gender Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sur is a scientist, who looks at the history of science and production of scientific knowledge. She is the author of Dispersed Radiance: Caste, Gender, and Modern Science in India (Navayana, 2011)
Stacy Leigh Pigg, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University. Dr. Pigg has done extensive research on the medicalization of sexuality in Nepal and has published numerous articles that link science studies to analyses of culture, language and power. She co-edited Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective with Vincanne Adams (Duke University Press, 2005).
Shafqat Hussain, Anthropology, Trinity College. Trained in political and social ecology, Dr. Hussain’s research in Pakistan focuses on the co-constitution of human societies and the environment. He is completing his book, From Savages to Environmentalists: A History of Production of Remoteness in the Western Himalayas (Yale University Press, Forthcoming).
The presentations could cover topics and themes such as:
Anchita Ghatak has worked with NGOs and various development organisations and projects for more than two decades on issues of poverty and rights. Her passion is women’s rights. With other activists, she was part of founding Maitree, which is a women’s rights network in West Bengal. She is the Secretary of Parichiti — A Society for Empowerment of Women, which works for rights of women domestic workers and girls. Anchita also translates literary works from Bengali to English. A Life Long Ago, which is her translation of Sunanda Sikdar’s Dayamoyeer Katha, was published in 2012 by Penguin and Zubaan.
Here is CSAS Director Professor Das Gupta’s recently published article in The Telegraph titled “Heart beats, gives courage,” on the rallies in Calcutta in protest of violence against women.
CSAS welcomes Professor Jesse Knutson to UH Manoa and to the CSAS community, who will be teaching Sanskrit this semester. For more information on his classes, please look under the course offerings panel on the main page.
Jesse Knutson did his undergraduate study and MA in the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; an additional MA and his PhD are from the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.
His research concerns the historical role of literary art, especially Sanskrit kāvya, in ancient and early medieval South Asia, as well as the comparative historical study of premodern poetry, poetics, and epigraphy more broadly. Several of his published writings, as well as forthcoming monograph (Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry in Bengal, U.C. Press), focus on the Sena court of 12th/13th century Bengal, where a literary salon in what is now Bangladesh seems to have implicitly reformulated its entire literary system in the context of the imminent breakdown of the old courtly world. Current and future research aims to broaden and synthesize a comparative court-oriented study of the literary political map of early South Asia, and examine the medieval as a global category.
Professor Subramanian Shankar is the convener of the XVI International Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory in India. The theme of the conference is: “Translation, Comparatism, and the Global South and will be held December 15-18 in Mysore, India. Abstracts are due by August 30, 2013.
Applications for the AY 2013-2014 J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India are due on April 8. Continue reading
Prof. S. Shankar’s book, Flesh and Fish Blood, has been awarded “Honorable Mention” by the Rene Wellek Prize Committee of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Continue reading
Professor Krishna’s Op-Ed “The great number fetish, ” is published in The Hindu
Please check out these interviews with Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar, and performance of her group, Aaja Nachle Hawaii, performing in the community!