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Mission

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


Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

“Our Clothes, Our Hair, We Don’t Care”: Prince and the British South Asian misfits

SAI Research Affiliate Hasit Shah – journalist, Londoner and Prince fan – explores the connections between a group of second-generation British South Asians and a musician they too claimed as one of their own.

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 1:30pm

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CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

0424_Hasit
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Mon, April 24, 2017 from 12:15pm - 01:45pm  /  One Brattle Square

Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Cosponsored Event

Please join the India and South Asia Project in a conversation with Ambassador Feldman, Ambassador Grossman, and Ambassador Olson on the evolution of U.S. Policy in Afghanistan.

Join the India and South Asia Project for a panel which will explore the evolution of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The speakers include:
Daniel Feldman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Marc Grossman, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Richard G. Olson, former US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan

The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Event website: Panel: Ending America’s Longest War: Experiences from the diplomatic front lines in Afghanistan

Location: Room 402, Fourth Floor, One Brattle Building (enter next to Chipotle)

 

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:15pm

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 01:45pm

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Tue, April 25, 2017 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

Trump and Asia: Business as Usual?

Cosponsored Event

SAI Director Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, moderates a panel discussion on the impact of the election of Donald Trump on America’s trade and business dealings with Asian countries.

Panellists:

Mark Wu – Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School; member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Mireya Solis – Senior Fellow and Knight Chair in Japan Studies, The Brookings Institution

William Kirby – T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Chaired by:

Andrew Gordon – Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

This event is part of a new series at Harvard on the Asia-Pacific region during Trump’s presidency.

 

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Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Trump and Asia Business as Usual
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Wed, April 26, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  William James Hall, 1550

Archive Making and Archival Silences in Mughal Punjab

Cosponsored Event

Speaker:

Purnima Dhavan,  Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor in History at University of Washington

Moderators:
Sunil Sharma, Professor of Persian & Indian Literatures at Boston University
Neelam Khoja, Ph.D. Candidate Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies at Harvard University

Lahore, the major urban hub and occasional seasonal capital of the Mughal Empire, has a well-documented history of Persian literary production. The historical roots of a local literary vernacular, and in particular Punjabi, is far less documented and somewhat opaque. Written in several scripts and never fully formalized into a regular orthography and grammar during this early period, Punjabi had a robust presence in every day settings, yet has left a slender archival presence. In this paper, I will contrast a well-known cluster of Persian scholars from seventeen-century Punjab with less familiar regional networks to demonstrate how Persian learning and literacy had intimate but complicated connections with Punjabi literary culture. Both archival presence and silence hint at more fruitful ways of thinking about the literary practices of Punjabi scholarly communities as well as the circulation of their efforts in overlapping circles.

Organized by the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop 
Co-Sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute 

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 07:00pm

VENUE
William James Hall, 1550

ADDRESS
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA

0426 Purnima Dhavan Poster
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News


President of India honors Harvard Research Fellow

Dr Satchit Balsari received a prestigious Dr BC Roy National Award from Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, at a ceremony in New Delhi earlier this month. He was honored for outstanding services in the field of sociomedical relief.

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Highlights from the Harvard India Conference

The two-day Harvard student event, hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, brought together business leaders, entertainment professionals, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership.

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International Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Harvard College students Bharath Venkatesh ’17 and Marisa Houlahan ’17, who were chosen by SAI as winners of the Office of International Education’s Annual International Photo Contest for their photos taken in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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Research Assistant needed: South and Southeast Asian Art

Professor Jinah Kim (History of Art & Architecture) is looking for a Research Assistant to help her with various research projects, which includes an exhibition on Nepalese Buddhist art, a visual database project, a bibliographic project on the history of Indian painting, and a symposium on South and Southeast Asian Art.

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A fruitful trip to India

Naren Tallapragada, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Francesco Wiedemann, MIT, were the inaugural winners of SAI’s 2016 Seed for Change Competition for their venture gomango, which provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India. They spent December in India.

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SAI responds to Executive Order

We offer our full support to Harvard students, faculty, staff and affiliates, regardless of their country of origin or religious background, alongside the Harvard International Office and the university’s Global Support Services.

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