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.
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.
Join Harvard’s Department of South Asian Studies for their weekly Tea Time gathering, which will be held at the South Asia Institute, on the fourth floor of CGIS South.
Malavika Jayaram, Fellow, 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
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, Harvard School of Public Health
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.
Cosponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Brown University Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard Arts and Humanities Division, and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group.
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Musharraf Ali Farooq, Author, Translator, Storyteller
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor 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 www.mafarooqi.com or twitter @microMAF
Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program
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.
SAI offers research, internship, and language study grants to Harvard graduate students and Harvard College undergraduate students for the winter session.
The Jana Swasthya Project is using a new mobile health surveillance system to help keep the millions of visitors healthy while they’re at the festival.
Mou Banerjee, SAI Graduate Student Associate and History PhD candidate at Harvard, discusses her dissertation ‘A Question of Faith: Christianity, Colonialism, and the Creative World of Indian Intellectuals, 1830-1907.’
SAI is deeply saddened to share the news that Shahab Ahmed, Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard, passed away.
SAI hosted its first webinar of the semester on September 15 titled ‘Using Cell Phones to Study Behavior: From Individuals to Entire Nations’ with JP Onnela, HSPH.
The exhibit, on display now at Harvard, is designed to raise funds for SAI’s Nepal Research and Reconstruction Fund.
The events will feature screenings and panel discussions.
Every year, SAI supports Graduate Student Associates from across the different schools at Harvard whose research focuses on South Asia.
The first webinar, on September 15, will focus on using cell phones to study behavior.
Grant prizes will be awarded to interdisciplinary student projects that positively impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India
On Monday, August 17, SAI launched the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition in Delhi with Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Harvard faculty.
The course, co-taught by Tarun Khanna, HBS, Director, SAI, and an interdisciplinary team of SAI faculty, will encourage students to consider entrepreneurial solutions to social problems.
Harvard University will offer many courses with South Asia related content in the fall 2015 semester.
Harvard for Nepal is a university-wide initiative that aims to unite Harvard in response to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.