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Aug 27, 2014
CSAS faculty and UHM MFA work with Hawaii Theatre of Youth

CSAS faculty – Sai B. and Cheri V. and UHM MFA — Rohini A. — worked with Hawaii Theatre of Youth on their production of ‘A Bollywood Robinhood’. Read further about the production here

Jun 4, 2014
Article on the Watumull Family in The Hindu

Here is a wonderful article on the Watumull family, “A century in Hawaii” which was recently featured in The Hindu. 

Apr 28, 2014
Three CSAS Faculty Members Win UH Manoa Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the following CSAS faculty members for winning these UH Manoa 2014 teaching awards: 

Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching: Paul Lavy, Associate Professor of Art, and Kavita Rao, Assistant Professor of Special Education. 

Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching: Priyam Das, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. 


CSAS Faculty Member To Receive The WAEA Distinguished Scholar Award

Dr. Chennat Gopalakrishnan, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and Policy and CSAS Affiliate Faculty member, was awarded the Western Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Scholar Award. He will receive the award at the association’s annual meeting June 23 and 24 in Colorado Springs. The Distinguished Scholar award is to grant the highest recognition to members making an enduring contribution over their career to agricultural or other type of applied, resource, and/or environmental economics in the Western states and the WAEA.

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.

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

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