Tuesday, March 05, 2013

stanford: Upcoming Center for South Asia Events

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From: Bernadette Marie White
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Upcoming Center for South Asia Events


Spotlight on Art, with Sukanya Chakrabarti (more)
Wednesday, March 6, 1:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center, Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery
(328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305)

Sukanya Chakrabarti is currently a doctoral candidate student at the Department of Theater and Performance Studies in Stanford University. She received her Master’s degree in English literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has been involved in various theater productions, in English and other regional languages, staged in Kolkata, where she was born and raised. She performed in Seneca’s Oedipus, and directed Sam Shepard’s Killer’s Head, both staged as a part of Stanford Summer Theater Festival 2011. She also directed a play, Divided Together, staged in Stanford University in March 2012. She has been trained in Indian Classical music and dance since her childhood, and takes special interest in Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, literary works and philosophies. Her interests also lie in Eastern mystical thoughts and religious philosophies. Her academic areas of research include the spiritual and therapeutic possibilities of theater; religion; rituals; folklore; gender studies; and multiculturalism.


Ungrateful subalterns? From Emancipation to Equality
March 12, 2013, 12pm
Encina Hall West, Room 208

Featuring Indrajit Roy

Rather than taking for granted the perception that the only world inhabited by the putative subaltern is one where they are subordinate to ‘elites’, I outline an alternative approach. Those people who social scientists label subaltern do not necessarily see themselves as subordinate to or inferior to elites. In fact, with Jacques Rancière I suggest that the starting point for them often is one of equality: the problem, thus, is not to attain equality , but to assert and verify a prior assumption of equality in society, an assumption that is undermined by powerful elites, who control resources, exercise authority and wield influence (not always against the interests of those considered subaltern). The paper substantiates this argument by drawing on qualitative analysis of ethnographic material from northeastern Bihar, interspersed with a narrative of recent developments in the ‘high politics’ of that State.

Indrajit holds a fellowship at St. Antony’s College/ Oxford Department of International Development, where he is consolidating his work on the ‘politics of the poor’ in India. His research focuses on the transforming political subjectivities of the poor in rural Bihar and West Bengal and draws attention to the ways in which the rural poor perceive, interpret and ‘do’ politics. This work is based on his dissertation, titled ‘Capable Subjects: Power and Politics in Eastern India’, elaborates a politicized reading of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach.

Cities Unbound Workshop: 
Slumdog Capitalism: The Changing Image of India's Largest Slum
March 12, 2013, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Thomas Blom Hansen, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Sumeet Mhaskar, Visiting Scholar at the Center for South Asia, Stanford University

With India's liberalization, slums- long notorious for poverty and violence, are now represented as sites of hope, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Focused on this representational transformation, the workshop will feature clips from the famed film 'Dharavi' and recent documentary films about this Mumbai slum. This will be followed by comments and discussion. 

Far from the Nation, Close to the State: Hazy Sovereignty and Anxious Citizenship in India's Northeast

March 14-15, 2013, 10am-5pm

Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room

Northeast India has been a central location to the two main ways in which the Indian state grapples with cultural and social minorities for decades. On the one hand, there has been several successful ethnic mobilizations for separate states and autonomous zones. On the other hand, there has been a growing tendency to ‘incorporate’ communities into the larger national community by according them Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste status, allowing these groups to access educational opportunities and reservations accompanying such status. This status presupposes that a community can prove that it has been the victim of social discrimination and/or cultural and geographical remoteness from an imputed ‘mainstream’ national culture and polity. 

This is the first in a series of workshops that will help situate Northeast India where one can rethink the existing understandings of human rights, citizenship, resource politics, and identity movements in contemporary India.

Upcoming: Center for South Asia Fellowships

For more information, please see: http://southasia.stanford.edu/resources/fellowships_summer_2013

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1 comment:

souixsie said...

Come on! Look how Stanford works so hard to undermine India. What is sad is that so many Indian alumni will contribute funds towards this agenda without questioning the motives.