Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring's gems of wisdom - lectures and seminars

Spring 2012 provided us with many gems of wisdom - lectures, seminars, talks, presentations, discussions.  Here are photos of a few - 

But first, let's remember the wonderful symposium from last semester, Fall 2011.
Photos "The Literary City in South Asia: An Interdisciplinary Symposium," 2-3 November 2011, Wednesday and Thursday.  In Newcomb Hall.  Great presentations and discussions over two days.

“Scholars and Spies: The Early Emergence of South Asian Area Studies, and Reflections on its Future” Nicholas Dirks (Columbia University) Friday 10 February 2012. Jefferson Hall. The first in a lecture Series titled "The Future of Indian Studies"

"Modern Indian Art and the University Art Museum" by Rebecca Brown (John Hopkins University)
Campbell 153. Tuesday 28 February 2012. A Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia.  View a video slideshow

“Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement” by Farzaneh Milani (Professor and Department Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages, University of Virginia) Friday, February 24, 2012. 1-3pm. Brooks Hall.

Deepak Singh reads from his book "Chasing America: Of Lollipops,  Night Clubs and Ferocious Dogs" Part of the Festival of the Book, its panel "Memoirs: Cultural Leaps" Friday. 23rd March 2012 at 2:00 PM Barnes and Noble.  View a video

"Studying Contemporary India: Questions and Methods Beyond the Concerns of American Academia" by Devesh Kapur (University of Pennsylvania) Friday, 23rd March 23rd 2012. 3:00pm. Jefferson Hall. The second in our lecture series on "The Future of Indian Studies" 
"Uncertain urbanism: Chandigarh in the age of globalization" by Vikram Prakash (University of Washington) Friday 30th March 2012. 5 pm. Campbell Hall. The first Cox lecture.
“India and the Future of Philology” by Sheldon Pollock (Columbia University). 
Thursday 19 April 2012. 4:00 pm. Jefferson Hall. The third in the lecture Series titled "The Future of Indian Studies"
"The Idea of Non Alignment and Contemporary Indian Grand Strategy"  by Srinath Raghavan (Center for Policy Analysis Delhi) Tuesday 24th April 2012. 3:00 PM at Nau 342. Sponsored by University of Virginia’s Center for South Asian Studies and the Department of Politics.

"The Global Future of South Asian Studies" by Mark Juergensmeyer (University of California,
Santa Barbara). Thursday 26th April 2012. 3pm. Jefferson Hall. The fourth and final lecture in the "Future of Indian Studies" series. 


"Communitas and the Anthropology of Experience" by Edith Turner. Friday 27th April 2012. 1 pm. Brooks Hall. The Friday Speaker Series by the University of Virginia Department of Anthropology.

And now, looking forward to more gems of wisdom in the coming academic year - Fall 2012 and Sping 2013.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Can non-dancers do a Bollywood dance?

April, the month of Fools, but no fools here. Rather lots of new South Asia resources which have arrived in Alderman library - videos (list A and list B), and books in English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Persian, etc.

But maybe a little foolishness, before the interesting, serious books, R Sarma, asks "Can non-dancers do a Bollywood dance?" (in his book"Dance with jhalak dikhhla jaa.") What do you think?

Two collected works head this list - one by S. Kakar and one by Andre Beteille. Next P. Yogesa writes on the rulers of Oudh, while G Omvedt tries to understand caste from Buddha to Ambedkar and beyond. S. Chattopadhyay examines Muzaffar Ahmad, an early communist in Calcutta, while T. Weber considers Gandhi's relationship with Western women.  R. Govinda asks "Who goes to school?" Next, while M. Gottlob looks at the history and politics in post-colonial India, N Jayarm covers the subject of the diversity in the Indian diaspora, and G. K. Nagappa considers the place of the Bhagavad Gita in the nationalist discourse.  Then there are two volumes on the history of India's environment, as well as writings of D. R. Gadgil on the Indian economy, and the Maharashtra volumes of the "People of India" series. Four books on art or photography follow - one on the Indian painter Naisukh of Guler, one on Indian bronzes, and the photographs of Forgotten Dilli and Varanasi's civilization. The lighter fare ends this list with R Sarma's "Dance" book, along with books on diet, Gordon Ramsay's Indian recipes, and cookbooks from a Chettinad kitchen and on Konkani saraswat food.

The most recent annual editions of the Guide to Indian Periodical literature (2010) and Who's who in the India Parliament (Fifteenth) also have been added, as well as an interesting and colorful ebook on Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka.

Have a look, check them out.