"The Jew In The Crown" A Discussion with Aamir Mufti
AMESALL Presents: "The Jew In The Crown" A Discussion with Aamir Mufti
Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:30 pm - 7 pm (Reception 5:30-6pm)
Pane Room, Alexander Library
Some of the most innovative and influential works in the humanities and the social sciences in the last two decades were those that cast "comparative perspectives on South Asia and the Middle East." Engaging Aamir Mufti's (UCLA) groundbreaking work in the comparative study of South Asia and the Middle East, beginning with Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton, 2007), this discussion will focus on scholarship that typically goes beyond area studies models despite working within specific areas, and while displaying social scientific scrutiny, also frames larger historical and theoretical contexts of global, humanistic relevance.
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Screening and Director Q&A for Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai
Screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai (Muzaffarnagar eventually) followed by Director Q&A with Nakul Sawhney
March 31, 2016 11 am - 2 pm
Meeting Room B, Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick
In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh, India, witnessed one of India's worst anti-Muslim pogroms. More than 100 people were killed and 80,000 people displaced. In the past, the two districts have seen relative harmony between Muslims and Hindus. Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai... ('Muzaffarnagar eventually...') (136 min.) asks: What happened this time?
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Screening of "Textures of Loss" on violence in Kashmir
Reclaiming Home: A book reading & talk by Githa Hariharan
Reclaiming Home: Resisting Exclusion in India Today
March 23, 5pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library, 169 College Ave
Reflecting on recent protests among prominent writers and the Indian Writers' Forum's broader opposition to censorship, Githa Hariharan reads from and speaks about her newest book, Almost Home.
What does a medieval city in South India have in common with Washington D.C.? How do people in Kashmir imagine the freedom they long for? Who does Delhi, city of grand monuments and hidden slums, actually belong to? Most of all, what makes a city, or any place, home?
In a series of intricately carved essays combining memoir with historical narrative, anecdote with poetry, Almost Home explores cities through the lives of people, and how they see home and belonging.
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New Perspectives on the Comparative Study of South Asia and the Middle East
New Perspectives on the Comparative Study of South Asia and the Middle East
Friday, January 29, 2016, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Teleconference Hall, Alexander Library, 169 College Ave
Some of the most innovative and influential works in the humanities and the social sciences in the last two decades were those that cast "comparative perspectives on South Asia and the Middle East." This conference will focus on scholarship that typically goes beyond area studies models despite working within specific areas, and while displaying social scientific scrutiny, also frames larger historical and theoretical contexts of global, humanistic relevance. Its questions and contexts, which seem to have formed common discursive grounds as we speak, range from "minority" in multiple Middle Eastern and South Asian social and religious, historical and contemporary frames (South Asian, "Islamicate," Persianate, Ottoman, Indian etc.) to the rather more provocative issue of the theoretical relevance of the "Jewish question" in South Asia; from the question of "global Arabic" and the particularities of non-Western secularisms to the globalization of "caste injustice" and the alternative modernities of India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Israel in a comparative setting. In addition to outlining the common discursive grounds that "comparative perspectives on South Asia and the Middle East" have developed in the last decades, this trans-disciplinary conference will also address specific historical and theoretical questions that currently occupy scholars from different fields to enrich our understanding of the common grounds in question.
Guests include: Aamir Mufti (UCLA) Jassal Smita (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) Mujib Rehman (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi) Rajeev Bhargava (CSDS, Delhi) Sebnem Akcapar (South Asian University, Delhi) Shail Mayaram(CSDS, Delhi)
Sponsors: The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) • The Office of the Executive VicePresident for Academic Affairs • The Office of the Dean of Humanities • African, Middle Eastern, and South AsianLanguages and Literatures (AMESALL) • Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) • South Asian Studies Program (SASP)
Campus visit by Dalit Women's Self-Respect Movement
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Book reading by Amit Chaudhuri
Screening of new experimental film by director Avikunthak
Leela Gandhi discusses her new book
Rutgers hosts the 2nd International Hindi Conference, April 3-5
INTERNATIONAL HINDI CONFERENCE
APRIL 3-5, 2015
Theme: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 5-8PM: REGISTRATION AND INAUGURATION
5:00 - 6:00 PM
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Introduction and Welcome Conducted by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahapatr, DCG, Consulate General of India, New York
Welcome remarks: Rutgers University South Asian Program Director Asher Ghetner and AMESALL Chairman (introduction by Prof Shaheen Parveen)
Hindi Sangam ORGANIZING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES; (Introduction by Ashok Ojha, Dr. Naveen Mehta, Dr. P. Jayaraman and Deepak Dave)
1. Inauguration: TBD
2. Chief Guests: (PROPOSED) Shatrughan Sinha, Member, Lok Sabha, Former Minister, Govt of India; Hrivansh, Member Rajya Sabha, Dr. KK. Goyanka, and KL Verma (presentation of bouquet), NJ ASSEMBLYMAN RAJ MUKHERJEE, Ex NJ Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula,
3. Guest of Honor: Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay,
Guest of Honor: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.;
Other speakers: Assemblyman Raj Mukherjee and Ex Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula
VENUE: VAN DYCK HALL, College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Cultural Presentations followed by Reception/Dinner
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 9-5 PM
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Plenary Session: The Expanding World of Hindi: Possibilities and Challenges
Focus Area: Hindi in Higher Education
Prof. Gabriela Nik Ilieva, New York University, NY, introduces the theme, topic and speakers from USA and India.
Dr. Mary Curran, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers: Promotion of Hindi Teaching: A Local-Global Partnership
Dr. Mahendra Verma, York University, UK (Teaching of Hindi: Global & Local Perspectives)
Prof. Keshri Lal Verma, Chairman, Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology & Director, Central Hindi Directorate (Hindi in Higher Education: Official perspective from India)
10:30 - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Language for Professional Purposes: Business, Health, Banking :
Chairperson and Main speaker: Dr. Surendra Gambhir, Univ of Penn (Business Communication in India).
2. Anand Dwivedi and Haimanti Banerjee with students from Lauder School of Business, UPenn
3. Ashok Garg (CEO, Bank of Baroda, US Operations): Hindi in Banking Sector: Possibilities and Challenges
12:15 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 3:00 PM
TECHNOLOGY AND HINDI
Chair: Rajni Bhargava, Director, Hindi STARTALK Program, West Windsor, NJ
1. Prakash Hindustani, Journalist and Blogger, India
2. Dr. Rekha sethi and HarshBala Sharma, IP College, Delhi (Communicative Language Teaching Methodology)
HINDI IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Chair: Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, Columbia University
1. Dr. Mohan, Central Hindi Institute, Agra: Production of Teaching Material in India.
2. Dr. Warsi
3. Nilakshi Phukan: Pedagogical implications of using audio-video materials to model quasi real life communication and to engage students in interactive activities at different ACTFL levels
3:00 - 3:15PM
3:15 - 4:45 PM
State of Contemporary Literature
Chair: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University
1. Dr. Kamal Kishor Goyanaka, Vice President, Central Hindi Institute, Delhi
2. Anil Prabha
3. Dr. Shailaja Saxena;
4. Dr. Navin Mehta;
5. Anup Bhargava
The National Standards For Learning Hindi: Theory and Application
Chair: Dr. Vijay Gambhir
1. Dr. Vijay Gambhir
2. Dr. Sungok Hong, UMN
3. Dr. Shaheen Parveen, Rutgers University
5:00 - 5:30 PM
Why am I Learning Hindi: Debate Pro and Against by High School Students. Moderated by a Rutgers Volunteer
Creative Writing Competition Results and Prize Distribution by Consul General.
Moderator: Sushma Malhotra, New York Board of Education, NY
5:30 - 6:00 PM
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Kavi Sammelan Conducted by: Dr. Bijoya Mehta and Bindu Agarwal (NYU) 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Dinner: 8:00 - 9:00 PM
NOTE: Venue must be vacated by 9 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 9-12PM
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Where Do We Go From Here: Hindi Center; From Concept to Reality
Topic introduction and moderation by Ashok Ojha,
1. Ved Chaudhury
2. Dr. Navin Mehta
3. Dr. L P Yarlagadda, Member, Hindi Samiti, India
4. Upendra Chivukula, ex-NJAssemblyman
5. Dr. Surendra Gambhir
Concluding Remarks: Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay
10:30 - 10:45 AM
10:45 -12:15 PM
Round Table 4
Hindi Learning in US Schools: Innovative Approaches
Chair: Sushma Malhotra, NY
1. Vidya Nahar, Chicago
2. Madhu Agarwal, CA
3. Neelam Mishra, NJ
Round Table 5
Hindi Learning in Community Setting: Role of STARTALK
1. YHS 2. Educators Society 3. Sushma Kumar
2. Archana Kumar/ Ruchita Singh, Hindi USA
3. Purnima Desa
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Concluding Session and Recommendations of the Conference
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Kahani Manch Workshop
Chairs: Dr. Susham Bedi, Columbia University and Seema Khurana, Yale University
India's Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago visits Rutgers
Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War
A reading and talk by Rohini Mohan on her new book on the aftermath of Sri Lanka's Civil War. October 29th, 4:30pm, Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
The Secular in Non-Brahmin Political Theory
Home Life vs. Home Rule: The Embrace of the Secular in Non-Brahmin Political Theory
A Talk by Dr. Matthew H. Baxter
Friday, October 24, 4:30pm
202AB, Livingston Student Center, 61 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway, NJ
Non-Brahmins in late colonial India were concerned that Gandhian self-rule would extend, rather than erase, forms of hierarchy they associated with "Brahminism." The "secular" seemed to offer an instrument to oppose such Brahminism, yet the multiple ways in which "secular" was translated into Tamil by Non-Brahmins reveal levels of political theorizing far beyond simple opposition. This presentation looks at two such translations. I argue that the more common (cultivating scientific reason) was also the most fraught, while the less common (refiguring home life) better captured the goal of Non-Brahmin political theory: self-respect.
Dr. Matthew H. Baxter received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley in 2013 with a dissertation titled For SubContinental Political Theory: On the Non-Brahmin Self-Respect Critique of Gandhian Self-Rule. He works on questions of comparative political theory, with a particular focus on engagements between Tamil-speaking South India and the wider world as they relate to opportunities for or obstacles to liberation. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers.
The Origins and Evolution of Indian Music
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Genetically modified food crops in Asia and Africa
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