Please join us for our spring colloquium series at Rutgers University.  This series explores how gender and nation have been understood and constructed through literature in South Asia.  It does so by bringing experts from English and Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and History to Rutgers to engage three key themes: the dynamics of Dalit literature and identity in India, selfhood and identity in post-Independence women's writing, and the role of religious institutions in offering avenues for gender justice and caste equality.  How have changing gender roles  and ideals changed the idea of the nation and who belongs to it?  What role has literature played in precipitating these changes, and how have new tensions over the nation precipitated similar shifts in literary form and style?

Sponsored by the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers South Asian Studies Program, Dean of Humanities, The Office of Undergraduate Education, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, and Rutgers Libraries.


A Talk by Professor Rajeev Bhargava, Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

October 8, 2012


Pane Room
Alexander Library
College Avenue Campus

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In light of contemporary challenges states face in managing religious diversity, this talk asks: Do other places and times with experience managing deep diversity hold lessons in how we can all live together? It addresses this question by exploring two such political responses. The first is the great Indian emperor Asoka’s emphasis on the importance of self-restraint for religious co-existence, an idea not to be confused with religious toleration. The second is from over 2000 years later, when a vicious majority-minority syndrome engulfed India. Apart from dividing the subcontinent into two nations, it stalled several freedom & equality-centred reforms. Modern Indian    secularism developed in response to this complex, trouble-ridden situation. Both responses might hold important lessons for our times.

Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Teleconference Lecture Hall
Alexander Library
College Avenue Campus

A Bengali Film showing.  Organized by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Moinak Biswas will be in attendance and lead the discussion after the showing.  Open to the Public.


Studying the Indian Ocean: Trends and Problems

By Michael Pearson

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Teleconference Lecture Hall
Alexander Library
College Avenue Campus

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Monday, April 9, 2012
4:00-6:00 p.m. (Reception at 4pm)

Teleconference Lecture Hall
Alexander Library, 4th Floor
College Avenue Campus

Lecture by Ayesha Kidwai of Jawaharial Nehru University in India.

Please join us for this talk, and reception beginning at 4pm.

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Co-Sponsored by: the South Asian Studies Program, and Office of Global Advancement and International Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program/College Avenue Campus Dean, Office of the Dean of Humanities (SAS), Program in Comparative Literature, AMESALL Dept, Women's and Gender Studies, Dept of Political Science

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Prof. Tejaswini Ganti (NYU):
Title: Producing Bollywood: The Social and Institutional Transformations of the Hindi Film Industry
(hosted by Prof. Ulla Berg)
BIO, Room 302

Co-sponsored with South Asian Studies Program & Dept of Journalism and Media Studies/SCI

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012,4:00-6:30 p.m.

Rutgers Student Center, Room 410
College Avenue Campus

Lecture on Tagore's Concept of World Literature

Co-Sponsored by: the South Asian Studies Program

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Visit by Indian playwright, Girish Karnad to Rutgers

Global Initiatives 2011-12 “Technologies Without Borders” Theme

October 12-14

Girish Karnad, UNESCO world theater ambassador, one of the foremost living Indian playwrights, bilingual writer, director, actor and activist; recipient of many national and international honors.

Karnad’s latest play, Broken Images (which toured the US last semester and which was selected to represent Indian drama at Festival of India in Washington this year ) uses TV screens and digital media on his sets to talk about the fragmentation of modern life. The line between electronic and real-world existence is blurred in this play and it raises questions about the composition of modern life in a way few other contemporary plays do.

See schedule details by clicking on one of the following links below

pdf Events Schedule for October 12 & 13
pdf Staged Reading of Hayavadana , October 14, performed in the Playwright's attendance by the Epic Actors Workshop Off-Broadway Theatre Group

Sponsored by AMESALL and SASP in collaboration with Epic Actors Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Humanities, Office of the Director for Undergraduate Affairs, Global Initiatives: Technologies Without Borders, Program for Comparative Literature, Dept. of Theatre (Mason Gross), Rutgers University Libraries

Public talk by Indian social activist Medha Patkar:
"Behind 8% Growth: Development for Whom, and at Whose Cost"
Friday, April 22 · 7pm - 9pm

Rutgers University
Busch Campus Center, Center Hall (604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854)

Join us for a public talk by Medha Patkar, renowned Indian social activist, founder member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA; Save the Narmada Campaign) since 1989, and founder convenor of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1991, and served as a commissioner for the World Commission on Dams between 1998-2001. The NBA’s historic resistance to the Sardar Sarovar and other large and medium dams on the river Narmada in India are well documented and have fundamentally challenged the destructive paradigm of development espoused by big dams and unsustainable industrialization. With her immense dedication and commitment to struggles for justice and equitable and sustainable development, she has inspired generations of Indian activists, leading indigenous peoples', workers’ and peasants’ struggles for rights to land, livelihood and ecologically sustainable development. The event will conclude with a Q&A.

Event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Purba: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kasturi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Shambhavi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsored by South Asian Studies Program (SASP) and Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

South Asian Studies Program presents

Agents of Change

An Immersion with Ranjan Kamath Films:
Fishers of Men, The Die is Caste, and Tanvir Ka Safarnama

Friday, April 15
10:00 am - 3:30pm

Pane Room
Alexander Library
New Brunswick


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The Poetic Nature of the Universe in the

a talk on the Indian Epic and the Poetic Universe it Created by

Vishwa Adluri
Hunter College

Monday, April 11

Lecture Hall
4th Floor, Alexander Library,
New Brunswick

The South Asian Studies Program at Rutgers University is planning an
interdisciplinary South Asia conference entitled

Beyond Nation-States:
Networks, Communities and Diasporas

scheduled for

March 24th and 25th

Trayes Hall A, Douglass Campus Center
100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Monday, February 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library, CAC

The South Asian Studies Program and The Postcolonial Interest Group
Invites you to a talk by Neloufer de Mel
On Post-War ‘Settlements’: Locating Cultural Interventions in Sri Lanka

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2010-11 Ecologies in the Balance? The way forward will address new ways of living, working, connecting, and socializing that are emerging all over the world in response to changing ecologies. It will explore how today’s crises and challenges are understood and represented by diverse communities.  Please visit the website to see more information including a calendar of events, and download this year's theme poster.

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