South Asia Initiative

About Us

The South Asia Initiative is an independent inter-divisional effort  at UCSD to promote discussion and exchange about South Asia. We support research, bring speakers, and sponsor courses toward  an undergraduate minor in South Asian Studies. We host weekly seminars and round table discussions on Thursday afternoons. Our 2018-19 Steering Committee members are: Vineet Bafna (CSE), Prashant Bharadwaj (Economics), Jana Fortier (Anthropology), Teevrat Garg (GPS), Lilly Irani (Communication), Aftab Jassal (Anthropology), Gaurav Khanna (GPS), Vish Krishnan (Rady School), Ramya Rajagopalan (Institute for Practical Ethics), Gayatri Singh (Library), Saiba Varma (Anthropology), and Kamala Visweswaran (Ethnic Studies).  Contact us to learn more, follow us on facebook, and join us at one of our events this quarter.

Next Events: 

Tue, Feb 26, 2019: Rohini Pande (Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government).
3:30 – 5 pm, GPS 3202
Co-sponsored by Economics.

 

Fri-Sun, Mar 1-3, 2019: Centering the Margins: Conversations with Writers of Color conference.
Fri, Mar 1, 7 pm – 9 pm, Central Library
Sat, Mar 2, 9:30 am – 7 pm, Cross Cultural Center
Sun, Mar 3, 9 am – 4 pm, Central Library
Co-sponsored by the San Diego Public Library Humanities Section, UC San Diego’s SPACES and the Cross Cultural Center.

Full schedule and (free) registration here.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, PANELS, SPEAKERS
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 | SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY
OPEN MIC NIGHT & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY Charmaine Clamor
Friday, March 1 | Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library | 7:00 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 | CROSS CULTURAL CENTER, UC SAN DIEGO
PLENARY SPEAKER: Lee Ann Kim
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 9:15 am

Panel: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 9:25 – 11:15 am
Moderator: Zeinabu Irene Davis
Panelists: Jill Cowan, Thelma Virata de Castro, Troy Espera, Sarika Mehta, Jennifer Pun

Panel: FRESH OFF THE BOAT VS HOMEGROWN
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Moderator: Marivi Soliven
Panelists: Huda Al Marashi, Naomi Hirahara, Kat Tanaka Okopnik, Irene Suico Soriano

Panel: THAT COMPLEX CONFLUENCE OF IDENTITIES: WRITING FROM AND ACROSS MULTIPLE IDENTITY CATEGORIES
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Moderator: Brandon Som
Panelists: Julayne Lee, Jenn Soriano, Miranda Tsang

Panel: CRAFTING THE UNTOLD TALE
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Moderator: Namrata Poddar
Panelists: Madhushree Gosh, Jason McCall, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, Jason Magabo Perez

DINNER | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Saturday, March 2 | Cross Cultural Center, UCSD | 7:00 – :00 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 | SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY
Panel: ACTS OF WAR
Sunday, March 3 | Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Moderator: John D. Blanco
Panelists: Hope Wabuke, Donna Miscolta, Ari Honarvar, Karen Llagas

Panel: HOW TO PROSPER AT PUBLISHING
Sunday, March 3 | Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Moderator: Claire Light
Panelists: Neelanjana Banerjee, Stefanie Sanchez von Borstel, Hiram Sims

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 | 2:30 PM | END OF CONFERENCE

South Asia Studies Minor

SAI is pleased to announce that a new minor in South Asian Studies has been approved by the UCSD Academic Senate. Students may begin to declare the minor in January 2019. South Asia related classes that are offered in Winter can be found here. For questions contact: Kamala Visweswaran, Faculty director, South Asian Studies minor program.