April 2011 Archives

South Asia Courses -- Fall 2011

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South Asian Topics

Contemporary Indian Dance 1 (DNCE 3311): Ananya Chatterjea

Modern South Asian Literature (ALL 3637W, GLOS 3900 section 002): Simona Sawhney

Culture and Society of India (ALL 3676, ANTH 3023, GLOS 3961): Gloria Goodwin Raheja

The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present (ArtH 5777 EMS 8500 section 003): Cathy Asher

Topics in Asian Literature: Political Fiction in 20th Century India (ALL 5900): Simona Sawhney

Seminar in Musicology: Indian Music History (MUS 8640 section 001): Matt Rahaim


South Asian Languages

Beginning Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 1101, 4001)

Intermediate Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 3101, 4003)

Hindi-Urdu Language Teaching Tutorial (HNUR 3290)

Advanced Hindi (HNDI 4161)


Of Related Interest

Globalization and Social Justice (GLOS 1112): Ajay Skaria

Art of Islam (ARTH 3015W): Cathy Asher

Globalize This! Understanding Globalization through Sociology (GLOS 4221): Michael Goldman

Workshop: Transforming your dissertation into a book
Sponsored by the American Institute of Indian Studies
Madison, Oct. 19-20, 2011


Sponsored by the several organizations devoted to the study of South Asia, this workshop aims to help a select number of recent PhDs re-vision their doctoral dissertations as books. Applications to participate are due by June 15, 2011, emailed to Susan S. Wadley, sswadley@syr.edu. Participants must arrange their own transport and stays to Madison, Wisconsin for the Annual Conference on South Asia in October. The workshop will begin at 7:30 pm Wednesday evening, Oct. 19 , and all participants are expected to be present at this time.

For selection: Required is an email containing a current cv; the dissertation abstract, its table of contents, and its first chapter plus a not more than 5 page "book proposal" , as if you were submitting to a press (a three- to six-page description of the project, including its purpose, potential audience, scope, contribution to scholarship, and relations to existing literature, including a vision of the book as different from the dissertation). Email to sswadley@syr.edu by midnight on June 15, 2011.

Susan S. Wadley (Anthropology, Syracuse), Convener, plus other more 'senior' scholars will be present in each concurrent session. Their role is to read the materials prior to the meeting and be prepared to intervene and comment, "in the background" primarily, though with key interventions as needed.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - April 2011

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in March 2011. Or click here to download a copy.

I recently attended the annual board meeting of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Trustees on behalf of the U of MN, and I write to highlight a few aspects for scholars who work in India

Travel to India for study, research, conferences, etc.:
If you or any of your students are planning to travel to India, make sure that you do so using the correct visa (i.e. student visa, research visa, conference visa, etc.) and not on a tourist visa. Also note that if you enter India on a Tourist Visa and then leave the country, you will not be allowed back until 60 days have passed, with some exceptions. For more details, refer to the websites of the Indian Consulate (http://chicago.indianconsulate.com/) and the Indian Visa Center (https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/).

What AIIS can do for faculty and students:

Research fellowships

Language programs

o the academic year language programs are particularly valuable for young scholars and fellowship support is available
Assistance for international learning
o AIIS has a unique capacity to assist with obtaining student visas.,
o AIIS can help undergraduates, scholars and other groups with opportunities for international learning.
o AIIS provides logistical support to Fellows, language students, members of its academic consortium, and to other scholars working in India.
• AIIS supports scholarly research centers in Art & Archaeology and Ethnomusicology, and engages in outreach by sponsoring lectures, exhibitions, and workshops. See the AIIS homepage for more information.

AIIS needs your help:
The AIIS will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012. As the Institute embarks on its next 50 years, it seeks to sustain the high quality of its programs while supporting the growth of research, teaching, and learning about India. In the current fiscal environment, this requires building the Institute's support base. AIIS is seeking $6,000,000 in new philanthropic support, principally to serve as endowments for fellowships.
• Please give if you can, and/or suggest potential donors
• To learn more about the funding needs and priorities of AIIS as well as ways to give, please view The Journey That Matters.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Website on Kashmiri Literature

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Abir Bazaz, Doctoral Student in Asian Languages and Literatures, has just published Kunear, an introductory website on Kashmiri literature. The website includes a Kashmiri script tutor intended to teach those who know the Nastaliq (Persian, Urdu) script the additional diacritical marks and characters they would need to know to learn the Kashmiri script. Visit Kunear!

New: South Asia Image collections

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The Libraries have produced a curated collection of links to quality image collections. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.

For South Asia image collections click here!

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