South Asia

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The University Seminar on South Asia seeks to broaden and deepen understanding about the region of South Asia by providing a forum to discuss ongoing research as well as special topics related to the complex and multiple societies of South Asia both past and present. Drawing together scholars from many different disciplines, the seminar fosters cross-disciplinary discussion and perspectives on a broad range of questions and concerns. In recent years, the seminar has deliberated on such issues as: religion and politics, the political function of violence in South Asia, national integration, language and community, South Asian identities in pre-colonial times, religious iconography, and many other topics. The University Seminar on South Asia is a merger of the University Seminar on Tradition and Change in South and Southeast Asia (founded in 1964) and the University Seminar on Indology (founded in 1993).

Professor Carla Bellamy

Nikhil Ramachandran

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/24/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Bringing Art to Life: Digital Initiatives in the New South Asian Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Ainsley Cameron, Philadelphia Museum of Art

11/28/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
There and Back Again: How Bringing the Bible to India Brought India to the West
Herman Tull, Lafayette College

12/12/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
About Half-Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India
Vinay Sitapati, Ashoka University, Delhi

01/23/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Rites of Passing: Iconologies of Cremation and Archaeologies of Death
Tamara Sears, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

02/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Devadasi Communities in Ceylon and the Straits Settlements: Tamil Circuits of Labour and Cultural Production in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Davesh Soneji, University of Pennsylvania