Yearly Archives: 2013

Nov 8, 2013
Prof. Sankaran Krishna’s article in The Hindustan Times

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.

Topic: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS: Will the death penalty solve the problem?
Featured Author: Anchita Ghatak

Sep 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

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. 

Aug 28, 2013
Article by CSAS Director Monisha Das Gupta

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 New Sanskrit Professor, Jesse Knutson

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. 


“Translation, Comparatism and the Global South – XVI International Conference Forum on Contemporary Theory

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. 

Mar 18, 2013
J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India

Applications for the AY 2013-2014 J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India are due on April 8. Continue reading

Feb 15, 2013
Prof. S. Shankar’s Book Receives Award

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

Jan 29, 2013
Sankaran Krishna’s Op-Ed in the Hindu

Professor Krishna’s Op-Ed “The great number fetish, ” is published in The Hindu

Jan 18, 2013
Aaja Nachle Hawaii in the Community

Please check out these interviews with Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar, and performance of her group, Aaja Nachle Hawaii, performing in the community! 

1. KITV Morning News – 9th Jan – 
2. KGMB Sunrise Hawaii News Now – 11th Jan 
3. Hawaii Public Radio “Conversation” with Chris Vandercook – 14th Jan 
14:48 – 23:20 of 

4. Aaja Nachle Hawaii Performance at the Opening Reception of the Bollywood Film Festival: 
Dr. Bhatawadekar will also be singing, dancing, and giving a talk on Yash Chopra on the closing night of the Bollywood Film Festival, 1/24, at 7:30pm.

Featured Author: Elizabeth Louis

Jan 14, 2013 | Leave a comment

Vandana Shiva has become an iconic figure in the fight against the corporate takeover of agriculture. Her “Raise Awareness, Inspire Change” tour of Hawaiʻi in January will bring attention to two very important issues – seed sovereignty and food sovereignty (or what she calls food freedom or food democracy)… read more

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