Past Events

ScareCities: The Infrapolitics of Water in MumbaiAnandOctober1

Dr. Nikhil Anand, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University
4pm reception, talk from 4:30-6pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick

This paper draws attention to the dangers of scarcity narratives that accompany accounts of planetary urbanization. Through field research conducted with water engineers and settler communities in Mumbai, India, the paper shows how scarcity talk produces ecologies of fear that are powerful in denying water to the city's precarious populations. Next, as precarious populations are not permitted water connections, it attends to the infrapolitical negotiations through which millions of settlers access water in the city. Finally, the paper reveals the limits of infrapolitics by attending to the ways in which Muslim settlers are being disconnected from the city’s municipal water grid.

IndianLitWorkshopCollege Avenue Campus, Rutgers University,
September 26-28, 2013

All events are free and open to everyone.

Please join us at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, for "Indian Literature as Comparative Literature," a workshop on regional modernisms and the idea of Indian literature. This workshop seeks to understand modernist experiments with language and form through the lens of India’s regional languages and identities. How would modern “Indian literature” look were it imagined not as a pre-existing category, but rather as constituted from the regions? What comparative methodologies might be most appropriate for studying shared regional literary trends? How might these methodologies offer new approaches to the study of comparative literature more generally?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcome Reception, 5:30-7:00 pm
Program in Comparative Literature Building
195 College Ave, New Brunswick

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Ave, New Brunswick

Opening Remarks, 9:45-10:00 am
Preetha Mani, Rutgers University

Panel I: Rethinking Comparativism, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kumkum Sangari, University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin
Francesca Orsini, School of Oriental and African Studies
Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas-Austin
Andrew Goldstone, Rutgers University, discussant

Panel II: Novel Experimentations, 1:30-3:30 pm
Satya Mohanty, Cornell University
Vasudha Dalmia, Yale University
Krupa Shandilya, Amherst College
Mukti Lakhi Mangharam, Rutgers University, discussant

Panel III: The Local and the Global, 4:00-6:00 pm
Preetha Mani, Rutgers University
Anjali Nerlekar, Rutgers University
Kannan M., French Institute of Pondicherry
Pritipuspa Mishra, Princeton University, discussant

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pane Room, Alexander Library
169 College Ave, New Brunswick

Concluding Remarks and Roundtable Discussion, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Francesca Orsini, School of Oriental and African Studies
Janet Walker, Rutgers University

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Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm

A Lecture by Ayesha Kidwai, Professor of Linguistics, JNU, Delhi, India

Pane Room, Alexander Library 
College Avenue Campus
Rutgers University

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Wednesday, April 10, 4-6pm

A Lecture by Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan, Director, Center for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi

Campbell Hall, Room A-5
College Avenue Campus
Rutgers University

India's environmental history excites considerable intellectual interest, but country's economic transformation as much as its democratic polity make it imperative to see ecological change in relation to these phenomena.  While interest in the last two centuries is inevitable, a longer view helps clarify and explain pressing contemporary questions on how best to relate to nature in the world's second most populous country.  While it holds no master key to today's dilemmas, a long view will place choices and turning points in better perspective.


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.


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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