January 2011 Archives

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February 10, 2011; 7-8.30 PM
445 Blegen Hall, U of M West Bank
269 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

On September 24, 2010, FBI raided the homes of peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, seizing computers, phones and large amount of documents and personal items. Since then, 23 activists in both these cities have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. No one has been charged and lacking any material evidence, the United States government is clearly carrying out a campaign of intimidating people, who did little more than speak out for peace and justice.

On December 24, 2010, Dr. Binayak Sen, a renowned physician, public health and human rights activist, was sentenced to life in prison by a sessions court in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on baseless charges of 'sedition' and 'conspiracy against the state'. This extreme action comes on top of the arrest and conviction of several political and human rights activists in different parts of India in the last few years.

Come find out more about these cases and the context in which these acts of repression and silencing of dissent are occurring in the US and in India!

Michelle Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality
Jess Sundin, Anti-War Committee
Lalit Batra, International Campaign to Free Binayak Sen

Moderator: Prof. Vinay Gidwani, Dept of Geography, University of Minnesota

(Snacks and drinks will be served after the discussion)

Contact: Lalit Batra (lalitbatra@gmail.com, 612-2293358) or Karthik Ramanathan (ramanath.karthik@gmail.com, 9789962292)

Spring 2011 Seminar Series: Asia/Gender

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This semester, instead of two separate talk series - the South Asia Seminar and the East Asia Seminar - we will host a joint series, broadly focusing on questions of gender. Our plan is to generate an interdisciplinary and inter-regional discussion and we hope you will join us in our new endeavor. Talks will be about 30 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute response from a designated respondent. After that, we will have time for an open discussion. All are invited. [download schedule]

Time & Place:
Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M. in 710 Social Science, unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, January 26th:

"Acting Real: From Semiosis to Mimesis in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Performance"

Jason McGrath (UMN - Asian Languages & Literatures)
Respondent: Juliette Cherbuliez (UMN - French & Italian)

In the early 1930s the Chinese silent film actor Ruan Lingyu was praised for her naturalistic, almost Stanislovskian performance style. She thus seemed to answer the call of Chinese filmmakers and critics for a distinctively cinematic performance style, based on mimesis, that would be distinct from stage acting, particularly the semiosis of traditional Chinese drama. However, the seeming "naturalism" of such acting belies the gendered performances of modernity entailed in this early Chinese cinematic realism. Moreover, the claims for medium specificity obscure the fact that discourses of realism and mimesis were far from confined to cinema but were in fact indicative of a broader scientism sweeping the intellectual and artistic classes in semicolonial China in the 1910s-30s.

Wednesday, February 9th:
Brett de Bary (Cornell University)
Respondent: Simona Sawhney (UMN - Asian Languages & Literatures)

Wednesday, February 23rd:
Diyah Larasati (UMN - Theatre & Dance)
Respondent: Hiromi Mizuno (UMN - History)

Wednesday, March 30th:


Wednesday, April 13th:

Raka Ray (University of California, Berkeley)
Respondent: Lisa Sun-Hee Park (UMN - Sociology)

Wednesday, April 20th:

Satish Poduval (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad)
Respondent: Christine Marran (UMN - Asian Languages & Literatures)

H-Net Job Guide

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The Job Guide posts academic position announcements in History and the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition, and serves a broad audience of administrators, faculty members, archivists, librarians, and other professionals in the humanities and social sciences. The Job Guide is fully sortable and searchable, and is available via email and the web at no cost to the jobseeker.

H-Net Job Guide

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), a multidisciplinary research institute located in Bangalore, India, is searching for a postdoctoral level social scientist to work in our research program entitled Provincial Globalisation: The Impact of Reverse Transnational Flows in Indias Regional Towns (http://www.aissr.uva.nl/movingmatters/projects.cfm).

For details, click here.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - January 2011

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in December 2010. Or click here to download a copy.

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