April 2012 Archives

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India.

  • Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months.

  • Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree.

  • Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India.

  • Creative and Performing Arts fellowships are available to practitioners of the arts of India.

Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens; and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). Please note that AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. We want to encourage a larger number of applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning, in addition to applicants in fields that have been most prevalent in our applicant pool over the last several years.

Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies (773) 702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu. Web site: www.indiastudies.org. Application deadline is July 1, 2012.

The Exceptional State of Pakistan:

Catastrophe, Biopolitics and Hauntology

Najeeb Jan

Department of Geography
University of Colorado at Boulder

Date: Friday, April 13. 2012
Time: Coffee & Cookies 3:15 pm, Talk 3:30 pm
Place: 445 Blegen Hall
Series: Geography Coffee Hour

In 1983 Tariq Ali published his influential "Can Pakistan Survive?" a book that was immediately banned by the U.S. backed Islamizing dictator General Zia-ul-Haq. Almost three decades later we might respond "Canned -- Pakistan Survives!". Without doubt Pakistan is today a troubled space, a dense cite of multiple overlapping and intersecting catastrophes. Drawing on Heidegger's critique of Western metaphysics and Agamben's analysis of the sovereign exception, this paper discloses the abandoned form that Pakistan's survival takes. In particular it examines the devastating impact of the mullah-military complex which has today resulted in a virtual indistinction between democracy and martial law. If Pakistan is indeed a nation/notion possessed by power, a place where the violent biopolitical logics of partition continue to unfold, then perhaps prior to concrete historico-political analysis, we might entertain the thought of an exorcism; a form of ontological exegesis, or drawing out, with a view to conjuring the name of the daemon -- the separator -- that continues to haunt the region. In short, what does the exemplary crisis reveal about the contemporary nomos of the modern and the specific cartographies of power and paradigms of government in Pakistan.

Co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - April 2012

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

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