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South Asia Speaker Series Announced

Associate Professor Amit Ray, of Rochester Institute of Technology’s English Department, will kick off the 2011-2012 South Asia Speaker Series lectures with a discussion, “Tagore’s Home and the World,” on Thursday, Oct. 27. 

The South Asia Speaker Series was conceived in the fall of 2009 by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli, Associate Professor of Economics Feisal Khan, and Associate Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav.

The purpose of the series is to foster awareness on campus of South Asian culture, history and scholarship on issues pertaining to the countries in South Asia, says Cerulli.  “The series is set up to provide a multidisciplinary forum for scholars and students of South Asian Studies, at HWS and elsewhere, to present their research.”

Ray, the author of “Negotiating the Modern: Orientalism and ‘Indianness’ in the Anglophone World,” will discuss Rabindranath Tagore’s novel “Home and the World,” which explores Tagore’s own struggle with the ideas of Western culture and revolution against the Western culture.

Continuing the series, Assistant Professor of History Lisa Trivedi, of Hamilton College, will offer at talk on Thursday, Nov. 10. Trivedi is the president of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, which has recently become an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, the nation’s premier professional association of historians. on Thursday, Nov. 10

Associate Professor of Political Science Allen Carson, of Cornell University, will provide further insight on Thursday, Feb. 9 as the author of “Unifying China, Integrating with the World: The Chinese Approach to Sovereignty During the Reform Era.” Carson will discuss China’s emerging relationship with the rest of the world.

On Wednesday, March 28, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies Kristin Stapleton, of the University of Buffalo, will provide her perspective. Stapleton is the author of “Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937.”

Finally, on Thursday, April 12, Assistant Professor of History Kavita Datla, of Mt. Holyoke College, will round out the lecture series. Currently completing a manuscript, titled “The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India,” Datla writes about topics that have broad ramifications for larger issues, including the significance and legacies of European colonialism, the inclusions and exclusions enacted by nationalist projects, the place of minorities in the forging of nationalism, the relationship between religion and modern politics, and secularism in colonial and post-colonial societies.

The South Asia Speaker Series is sponsored by the Asian Studies Department. All lectures will take place in Stern 103 at 7 p.m.

The photo above features filmmaker Mara Ahmed, who offered a talk as part of the spearker series last fall.