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)
April 4th, 2016: For the Love of a Man
March 10, 2016: Writing Technology: (Un)disciplined Histories
April 22nd, 2016: Satisfied Callers: Police, Corporations, and Documentation in India
OTHER EVENTS WINTER/SPRING 2016
April 6th, 2016: Screening of Roots in the Sand
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Join us for a screening of Roots in the Sand. This documentary is a multi-generational portrait of pioneering Punjabi-Mexican families who settled a century ago, in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Through the use of found footage, archival and family photographs, personal and public documents, the film tells the touching and inspirational story of a community that grew out of a struggle for economic survival in the face of prejudice.
It goes on to document the Punjabi-Mexican families’ resourcefulness in overcoming political and economic obstacles placed before them time and time again. This documentary places early United States anti-immigration and anti-miscegenation laws in the context of the daily lives and legacies of people who were deeply affected by them.
May 2nd, 2016: Brandon Kohrt
Location: SSB 107
Time: 3:30 PM
Earthquakes and Emergencies in Nepal: Building Sustainable Mental Health Systems amid Political, Structural, and Seismic Violence
Two large 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes and more than 500 aftershocks greater than 4.0 magnitude struck Nepal in 2015 resulting in 8,600 deaths, displacement of 450,000 people, and 8.5 million people deprived of access to shelter, food, healthcare, and education. The international community donated millions of dollars to health efforts, including $17 million from Facebook, with a substantial investment in mental health services. However, prior international mental health responses to humanitarian emergencies have been criticized widely, including in detailed ethnographic research, for short-term services, lack of sustainable mental healthcare, an exclusive focus on trauma to the neglect of other mental health and psychosocial needs, stigmatizing survivors of disasters, and undermining existing recovery and support structures. Therefore, to minimize risk of these unintended consequences, governmental and non-governmental organizations strove for collaborative, sustainable efforts building upon a decade of mental health systems strengthening and anthropological research following Nepal’s civil war. Approaches to diagnosis and psychological treatment ranging from WHO programs to school counseling integrated Nepali ethnopsychological frameworks to promote effectiveness and reduce stigma. Transculturally adapted instruments revealed that earthquake-related PTSD rates were low (5.2%) whereas chronic mental health problems related to depression, anxiety, and alcohol use problems affected 1 out of 5 adults. This work demonstrates the opportunities and challenges for integrating anthropological theory and methods into global mental health interventions during humanitarian emergencies. *All are cordially welcome to a reception following the colloquium in SSB 269.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Psychiatry.
May 4th, 2016: Jennifer Bussell
Location: SSB 104
“Clients or Constituents? Citizens, Intermediaries, and Distributive Politics in India”
Abstract: According to recent scholarship on clientelism, local “brokers” play a primary role in distributing benefits in exchange for electoral support. Yet, high-level politicians in India receive voluminous direct, unmediated requests from citizens for individual benefits. I develop a theory that explains this puzzling prevalence of “constituency service” in a developing-country context. I then test observable implications using survey experiments administered to a unique nested random sample of politicians, bureaucrats, and citizens. I show that while senior politicians do not condition the supply of assistance on the partisanship of requestors, citizens’ demands are closely linked to local political dynamics: individuals who are “blocked” by non-copartisan brokers are most likely to appeal to a senior politician for benefits. My findings suggest that existing accounts ignore important dynamics of constituency service that co-exist alongside, and provide a representative counterpoint to, clientelist distribution.
May 12+13th, 2016: Contemplating the Contemporary World: Regional and Global Studies in Critical Perspective
May 17th, 2016: Temporalizing Cinema