Past Event Archive

Spring Quarter 2018

Friday, May 11: Scintillating Strings, a Carnatic Instrumental Concert with Ramana Balachandran (on veena), and Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam). Presented by the Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego
7:30pm, QI Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
Free for UCSD Faculty, Staff, Students and IFAASD Members
$25 General Admission (purchase tickets online)
Please note: Parking is $3 at lot P502

Winter Quarter 2018

Jan 11: South Asia Initiative Mixer, SSB 231  (Spiro Library, Anthropology) 5-6:30 pm

Jan 18: “Cardiometabolic Risk in South Asians: Findings from the MASALA Study” Alka Kanaya (UC San Francisco, School of Medicine) BRF-2 Rm. 2A03, 4-5:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Anesthesiology (UCSD School of Medicine) and the International Institute.

Jan 25: “Technology, Inequality, and Our World: Taking Back the New Media Revolution” Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA School of Education and Information Studies). CSE 1202, 2-3:30pm. Co-sponsored by the International Institute and UCSD Design @ Large. 

Feb 15: Documentary screening and discussion of “Wounds of Waziristan” with filmmaker and journalist, Madiha Tahir. SME 149, 4:30-6:30pm. Co-sponsored by the International Institute

Mar 1:  Vineet Pandey, “Online Systems to Enable Participatory Science and Collective Action” (UCSD CSE), SSB 107, 5-7pm

Mar 8: Documentary screening and discussion of  “Temple Nagaswaram” with Soudhamini Narayanan, (2017-8 Fulbright-Nehru Fellow and filmmaker, Cloth of Gold Films) and Kartik Seshadri (UCSD School of Music).  Rady  School of Management Rm 3E107, 4-6pm Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the International Institute

Mar 15:   “Borderlines: Telling South Asian and US-Mexico Border Histories through Art and Performance” with Sebha Sarwar (Artist/Writer), Yessica Garcia-Hernandez (UCSD Ethnic Studies) and Sindhu Thirumalaisamy (UCSD Visual Arts).  Co-sponsored by the Sixth College Writing Program, Eleanor Roosevelt College, the International Institute, the UCSD Library, and the Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent (CAIS), San Diego Museum of Art. Seuss Room, Geisel Library, 5-6:30 pm

Fall Quarter 2017

Oct 5: South Asia  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

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 (Lecture Slides)

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

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

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)

Winter/Spring 2016

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

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Past 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.

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.
Related resources:
·       PBS website
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.
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May 4th, 2016: Jennifer Bussell

Location: SSB 104 

Time: 12:30-2pm 

“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


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