Fall  2017

  • Nov 2  Malaria in S. Asia  Roundtable
  • Nov.  9  Kashmir film (Iffat Fatima)


Winter Quarter 2017

Jan 11:  Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of Chicago, Anthropology) “Scandal of the Trial: HPV Vaccines, Public Health and Knowledge / Value,” SSB 107, 11:30am -1:30 pm. co-sponsored by the Indira Foundation

Jan 26: Prashant Bharadwaj (UCSD Economics), “Long Run Impacts of the Partition of India”  International Institute Seminar Room, Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30 pm (4 pm reception; talk at 4:30 pm)

Feb. 3: Ali Asani (Harvard, Islamic Studies), “The Importance of Religious Literacy in a Cosmopolitan World” 12:30-2 pm; SSB 107. Lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Humanities, The Program in Middle-Eastern Studies, and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). 

March 3: Abhijit Banerjee (MIT, Economics) “Democracy in India: Why Doesn’t it Deliver More?” MPR2 at Rady School of Management, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Co-sponsored by the Indira Foundation. 

March 9: Aftab Jassal  (UCSD, Religious Studies) “Making Place for God: Divine Embodiment and Ritual Healing in North India” International Institute Seminar Room, Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30 pm (4 pm reception; talk at 4:30 pm)

Spring Quarter 2017

April 4: Kamala Visweswaran (UCSD Ethnic Studies), “Democracy as the Sign of Corruption: Caste Reservation and Anti-Corruption Movements in India” Gusfield Memorial Lecture, Department of Sociology, Gusfield Seminar Rm, SSB 101, 12:30-2 pm

April 13: Vinay Lal (UCLA, History)  “Climate Change and Insights from Hinduism” International Institute Seminar Room, Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30 pm (4 pm reception; talk at 4:30). Co-sponsored by the Indira Foundation. 

May 4: Sowparnika Balaswaminathan (UCSD, Anthropology)  “A Proper Sculptor: Individuality, Belonging and Marginalization in a Tamil Caste Community” International Institute Seminar Room, Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30pm  (4pm reception; talk at 4:30)

May 9:  Banu Subramaniam, (UMass Amherst, Gender Studies) “On the Making of the ‘Indian’ Genome” with comment by Vineet Bafna (CSE), and Brinda Rana, UCSD (Psychiatry/Medical School). CSE 4140, 4-6 pm  Co-sponsored with UCSD Science Studies.

May 18: Huma Ahmed-Ghosh (SDSU, Women’s Studies) “Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia” Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30 pm (4 pm reception; talk at 4:30 pm). Co-sponsored by the Indira Foundation.

May 25: Waqas Butt, (UCSD Anthropology), “The Institutions and Infrastructures of Waste Disposal in Contemporary Lahore” International Institute Seminar Room, Sequoyah 103, 4-5:30 pm (4 pm reception; talk at 4:30)

June 1: Tia Rajan, Book talk for Urban Desi, UCSD Women’s Center Conference Room, 4pm


April 25:  Anjali Arondekar (UCSC, Feminist Studies)  “What More Remains: Sexuality, Slavery, South Asia” Huerta Room, Cross Cultural Center, 3:30-5:30pm. Co-sponsored by UCSD History.

May 22: Richa Nagar (U of Minnesota) “HUNGRY TRANSLATIONS: Retelling Stories, Disrupting ‘the Social,’ Relearning the World” in the Dolores Huerta Room from 1-3pm. Co-sponsored with the Critical Anthropology Workshop, the Anthropology Department, The Indira Foundation, and the International Institute.

June 2nd:  a one day event: Ethics, Religion and Climate Change:  Relating Local Moral Frameworks to Global Science and Religion. Sponsored by The Division of Social Sciences, the South Asia Initiative and the Indira Foundation, the Department of Anthropology, the Global Health Program, the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the Program for the Study of Religion. 10am-3:30pm in SSB 107