November 2011 Archives

South Asia Courses -- Spring 2012

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Below is a list courses on South Asia offered for the Spring Semester, 2012. They are arranged by level. Download flyer!

South Asian Topics

Art of India (ARTH 3014, ALL 3014, MEST 3610 section 007, RELS 3415): Rick Asher

Contemporary Indian Dance 2 (DNCE 3312): Ananya Chatterjea

Culture and Society of India (ANTH 3023, GLOS 3961 section 001, ALL 3676 section 001): Gloria Goodwin Raheja

Honors Seminar, Philosophies of Ethics and Peace: India (HSEM 3014H): Indira Junghare

Topics: Mumbai Calling: South Asian City as Text and Image
(ALL 3920 section 003): Sugata Ray

South Asian Languages

Beginning Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 1102, 4002): Joya John or Sucheta Kanjilal

Intermediate Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 3102, 4004): Akshya Saxena

Advanced Hindi
(HNDI 4162): Abir Bazaz

Of Related Interest

Islamic Culture (ARTH 3017): Cathy Asher

Cultural Histories of Healing (Anth 4075): Jean Langford

Nations, Empires, Feminisms (GWSS 4001): Pashmina Murthy

Topics: Language and Social Identity
(LING 5900 section 003): Indira Junghare

Topics: Colonialism and Modernity (HIST 8960 section 002): Ajay Skaria

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Vizag), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request.

All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For regular summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS (graduate students) if available for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall.

The application deadline is January 31, 2012.

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Semester Flyer
Academic Year Flyer

Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at

For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

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The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Sardar Patel Dissertation Award 2011: Call for Papers

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The UCLA Center for India and South Asia, and the Department of History, UCLA announce the Sardar Patel Award for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India in 2011. The amount of the award is $10,000.

1. The dissertation must be on Modern India (the dates of Modern India are defined as 1800 to the present).

2. Any topic within the following fields of study is eligible: History, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, or the Fine Arts.

3. Only dissertations filed during the 2010-2011 academic year (1 September 2010 through 31 August 2011) are eligible. In some cases, dissertations completed very close to these dates may be considered.

4. The dissertation must have been written while enrolled at a U.S. accredited university in history, anthropology, sociology, literature, political science, or one of the other disciplines in the humanities, the arts, or the social sciences.

Applicants must submit TWO bound hard copies of their dissertation, TWO copies of an abstract of 500-1000 words, ONE copy of their curriculum vitae, and a letter from their dissertation supervisor or department chair attesting to the completion of the dissertation during the period stipulated in item #3.

Submission materials must be postmarked no later than January 4, 2012. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions and inquiries regarding the competition should be sent to:

Professor Akhil Gupta
Chair, Sardar Patel Award Committee
UCLA Center for India and South Asia
11387 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

International Education Week: Information Fair

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What: International Education Week: Information Fair and Gathering
When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Ames Library of South Asia (sub basement of Wilson Library)

Free and open to the public

Please join us at the Ames Library of South Asia to celebrate International Education Week (IEW). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, IEW was first held in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Meet University of Minnesota Libraries' staff and learn about our collections. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome!

Light refreshments will be served.

Putting Growth In Its Place

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I want to highlight this important essay in Outlook by two of the most insightful economists out there: Jean Dreze and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Their argument is well-documented, powerful, and relevant beyond India.

Read the essay: Putting Growth In Its Place

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - November 2011

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

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