South Asia Initiative Events

Fall Quarter 2017

Oct 5: South Asia Initiative Mixer, SSB 231  5-6:30 pm

Oct 12: Nadeen Karputly (UCSD Ethnic Studies) “Ayad Akhtar and the Burden of Muslim-American Representation”  SEQ 103, 5-6:30 pm

Oct 19: Michael Callen (UCSD Rady School) “Using Mobile Money to Reduce Corruption and to Improve Government Salary Payments  in Afghanistan” SSB 107,  3:30-5 pm

Oct 26: Vikram Chandra  (UCB English) “The Geek Sublime,” Round Table discussion with Lilly Irani, (UCSD Communication), Shayan Mookherjea (UCSD ECE), and Sanjay Nigam (UCSD Medical School) Co-sponsored with Science Studies,  the Warren College Writing Program, and the Marshall College  Dimensions of Culture Program, with support of the Indira Foundation; Seuss Room, Geisel Library,  4-6 pm 

Nov 2: “Tackling Malaria in South Asia” Round Table Discussion with  Ethan Bier (UCSD Biology), Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD Economics) and Elizabeth Winzeler (UCSD Pediatrics). CALIT2 Auditorium, 4-6 pm

Nov 9: Iffat Fatima (Delhi) Film Screening and discussion with filmmaker, Khoon Diy Baarav (“Blood Leaves its Trail”). Co-sponsored with the International Institute. SSB 107 4-6 pm. 

Nov 30: MV Ramana (University of British Columbia, Public Policy/Global Affairs) “Nuclear Weapons in India: History and Risk” Comment by Ahmed Abdulla (UCSD GPS). Co-sponsored with the International Institute.  SSB 107 3:30-5pm

Other UCSD Events

November 2, 2017Climate Change and Religion
Prof. Thomas Csordas, UC San Diego; Assistant Prof. Aftab Jassal, Colgate University and SAI affiliate; Prof. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego.
2:30PM, UCSD Price Center Forum

Oct 16: Lilly Irani (UCSD Communication & Science Studies)
Entrepreneurial Citizenship: Promising Knowledge and the Subsumption of Hope
4:00p-5:30p, Room 3027, Humanities & Social Sciences Building

“How do you get acquainted with 4 billion people?” This is a question posed by a “clean water” NGO that partnered with DevDesign, the studio where I conducted ethnographic fieldwork for 14 months. In this talk, I explain the rise of entrepreneurial citizenship in India — a call to citizens to take up the developmental work of a liberalizing state. I then turn to the work of DevDesign as they combined ethnography and design to produce not facts, but “opportunities” for global health public-private partnership. I outline how the entrepreneurial ethos and mode of development subsumes hope and disciplines development. The talk draws from my forthcoming book Innovators and their Others (Princeton University Press).

Sept. 20: Raj Reddy (Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon) “Creating a Humane Society through Computational Social Science” UCSD CSE Distinguished Lecture Series. 11am, Fung Auditorium, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall.

Computational Social Science is the use of web Intelligence and the tools and technology capable of monitoring, analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving day-to-day problems of society. CSS is the development of intelligent systems and solutions to address the critical problems of the society such as poverty and hunger, slavery and torture, disease and suffering, and create tools that enable an illiterate person to be as productive as a PhD.  CS and AI must embrace CSS as the next frontier and be at the forefront of inventing that future.

Past Events

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

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)

Other Events 2017

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