February 2012 Archives

Asia Society Exhibit

Online exhibit

Delhi has served as a cultural center of North India for more than a
millennium in different incarnations. This exhibition focuses on the 18th
century to the mid-19th century, the crucial period when Delhi moved from
being the heart of the late Mughal Empire to becoming the jewel in the
crown of the British Raj.

The exhibition examines Mughal artistic culture in the 18th and 19th
centuries to highlight the interwoven nature of Mughal, European and
regional patronage networks within which Delhi artists operated.
Approximately 100 objects include works by Delhi-based court artists Nidha
Mal and Chitarman, and less familiar works by artists such as Ghulam
Murtaza Khan, Ghulam Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan. In addition to Mughal
miniatures produced under later emperors -- Muhammad Shah (reigned
1719-1748) up to Bahadur Shah "Zafar" (reigned 1837-1858) -- this
exhibition highlights a selection of Company School paintings produced for
Delhi-based personalities such as William Fraser, James Skinner and Thomas
Metcalfe. Select photography, drawings and decorative arts are also

William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma are guest curators of the exhibition.

Workshop: Transforming your dissertation into a book

Sponsored by AIIS and other SA regional organizations

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, 2012, emailed to Susan S. Wadley, sswadley@syr.edu. Participants must arrange their own transport to Madison, Wisconsin for the Annual Conference on South Asia in October. The workshop will begin at 7 pm Wednesday evening, Oct. 10, 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 draft book prospectus. Email to sswadley@syr.edu by midnight on June 15, 2012.

Senior Faculty Participants: Susan S. Wadley (Anthropology, Syracuse), Convener; Geraldine Forbes (History, SUNY Oswego). Joyce Flueckiger (Religion, Emory, Barbara Ramusack (History, Cincinnati); others tba. Our 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.
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AIIS Book Prize Competitions for 2012

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In order to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) announces the award of two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject, one in the humanities, "The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities" and one in the social sciences, "The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences". Click here to download the details.

Talk: Globalization Lived Locally: Labour in Kerala

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"Globalization Lived Locally:
A Labour Geography Perspective on Control, Conflict
and Response among Workers in Kerala "

Neethi P.

Event: Geography Coffee Hour
Day: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: Coffee & Cookies 3:15 pm, Talk 3:30 pm
Place: 445 Blegen Hall

Supported by the labour geography framework, I analyse how spatial practices of labour shape the economic geography of capitalism; by looking into a model not at a global but at a very local scale of organization and showing its effectiveness while confronting social actors organized at global or extra-local scales. Questioning global stereotypes on economic responses to globalization, I argue that labour is actively involved in the very process of globalization and expansion of capital, empirically demonstrating the relevance of this in the globalization literature. I deal with one region - Kerala - and processes in its labour markets, taking the case of apparel workers in an export promoting industrial park.

Neethi P. is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Georgia; PhD Scholar, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, India.

Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Visions of Mughal India - Online exhibit

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The Ashmolean Museam, Oxford University, has mounted an exhibition entitled, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin. There is a companion online exhibit to provide a taste of the exhibition on display. It enables visitors to view high-quality, zoomable images as well as browse and search all objects in the exhibition.

This exhibition of Indian paintings will show the collection of the artist Howard Hodgkin in its entirety for the first time. The collection comprises the main types of court painting that flourished during the Mughal period (c.1550-1850), including the refined naturalistic works of the imperial court, the subtle paintings of the Deccani Sultanates, and the bold, vibrant styles of the Rajput kingdoms. Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his schooldays, and has made a personal collection, formed by an artist's eye, which has long been considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. Exhibit homepage

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - February 2012

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in January 2012. Or click here to download a copy.

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