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The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events

Tue, October 6, 2015 from 04:30pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Grant Opportunities Open House

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities from past SAI grant recipients. Learn about the various types of grants, the application process, how to write an appropriate budget for a summer in South Asia, and enjoy some delicious South Asian food.

Learn more about grant opportunities.

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Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 04:30pm

Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Fri, October 9, 2015 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K354

How Does MNREGA Affect Rural Labor Markets and Incomes? Evidence From a Large-scale Experiment

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

Sandip Sukhtankar, Assistant Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

Sandip Sukhtankar is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. His research interests are development economics, political economy, and public economics, with a particular focus on corruption, governance, and the delivery of public benefits and services. He is an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and a contributor to Ideas for India.

Cosponsored with Brown University, MIT, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 02:00pm

Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 04:00pm

CGIS Knafel, K354
Harvard University

1737 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA

Tue, October 13, 2015 from 08:30am - 10:00am

Webinar: Who owns Big Data?


Malavika JayaramFellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; Visiting Scholar with the Surveillance and Every Day Life Group FARS Research Group, the Centre for International Security Studies and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney

While technologies advance at a rapid pace, the legal and regulatory framework often lags behind, or poses compliance issues across multiple jurisdictions. This session will discuss the major factors impacting data, including access and collection, the privacy and security of personally identifiable information, and transparency about the use and dissemination of data

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6 PM in Sri Lanka, 6:30 PM in Bangladesh, 6:15PM in Nepal

How to participate:

WATCH: One the day of the webinar, watch live on SAI’s website
INTERACT: Tweet your questions and join the conversation on Facebook

Twitter@HarvardSAI, #SAIWebinar

Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 08:30am

Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 10:00am

Thu, October 15, 2015 from 12:30pm - 01:30pm  /  SPH Building 1 Room 1208, HSPH

M-HEALTH-A student centered approach to Long Term Community Surveillance : Opportunities and Challenges

Global Health Seminar

Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh

Cosponsored with the Department of Global Health and Population Brown Bag Seminar Series

Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 12:30pm

Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 01:30pm

SPH Building 1 Room 1208, HSPH

SPH Building 1 Room 1208, Harvard School of Public Health

    Fri, October 16, 2015 - Sun, October 18, 2015  /  Northwest Building

    Love, War and Other Longings: Harvard-Brown Pakistani Film Festival

    The recent revival of cinema in Pakistan has generated excitement and captured the imagination. A new generation of filmmakers ranging from the conventional to the experimental are exploring the possibilities of re-imagining family, friendship, love, the nation, and retelling ways of injustice and cruelty. Love, War and Other Longings is an invitation to come and participate in these new narrations, to explore their possibilities and examine their implications. What kind of future is this and what representations of the past does it require? What is being celebrated and who is being left out? By bringing film-makers, academics, activists and member of the public together we seek to generate a discussion that expands the potential for film-making in Pakistan, to foster this culture-industry in order to diversify and expand our imaginations, our empathy and our politics.

    Festival website

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    Cosponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Brown University Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard Arts and Humanities Division, and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group.

    Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Sun, Oct 18, 2015

    Northwest Building

    Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St. Cambridge MA 02138

    Mon, October 26, 2015 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

    Storytelling, Learning and Human Communication

    Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

    Musharraf Ali FarooqAuthor, Translator, Storyteller

    Chair: Ali AsaniProfessor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

    From 2014-2015 author, translator and storyteller Musharraf Ali Farooqi led the highly successful ‘Leading Through Teaching’ storytelling workshop for Pakistan parliamentarians, in association with the education advocacy group Alif Ailaan. These storytelling workshops were aimed at preparing the parliamentarians to engage with young learners, and acquaint themselves firsthand with the education delivery issues in the schools in their constituencies. A record of these workshops, the storytelling sessions conducted by the parliamentarians, and their comments, can be viewed here: Leading Through Teaching

    These workshops grew from Farooqi’s highly successful storytelling sessions in Pakistan schools to introduce the children’s publications of his publishing house Kitab. Farooqi’s own understanding of the storytelling processes are grounded in his study and translations of Urdu language classics. His acclaimed translations, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (2007), and Hoshruba (2009) were the first major translations of Urdu language classics.

    Farooqi will offer his view of storytelling as a core function of human communication, discuss the special place of stories in the Indian subcontinent, and talk about his own work as a storyteller, writer and translator.

    Farooqi’s novel Between Clay and Dust, a finalist for the Man Asian Prize for Literature, has just been published in the US. His internationally acclaimed translation of the Dastan-e Amir Hamza (The Adventures of Amir Hamza), was called a “gift to world literature” by TIME magazine. Farooqi writes the Microtalk column on the folktales and myths of South Asia for the daily LiveMint. He can be reached via his website or twitter @microMAF

    Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program

    Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 04:00pm

    Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 05:30pm

    CGIS South, S354

    1730 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge MA 02138


    Fellow profile: Javed Younas

    While at Harvard, Dr. Younas will focus his research on two areas: 1) The connection between education and political violence, and 2) the perspectives of the recipient country in situations where donor countries provide grants and loans.

      Shahab Ahmed

      SAI is deeply saddened to share the news that Shahab Ahmed, Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard, passed away.

        Harvard For Nepal

        Harvard for Nepal is a university-wide initiative that aims to unite Harvard in response to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.