October 2012 Archives

Talk by Richa Nagar, November 2

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"Storytelling and Co-authorship in Feminist Alliance Work:
Reflections From a Journey"

Talk by Richa Nagar
Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
University of Minnesota

Date: 11/02/2012
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Location: 400 Ford Hall

If all writing is fundamentally tied to the production of meanings and
texts, then feminist research that blurs the borders of academia and
activism is necessarily about the labor and politics of mobilizing
experience for particular ends. Co-authoring stories is a chief tool
by which feminists working in alliances across borders mobilize
experience to write against relations of power that produce social
violence, and to imagine and enact their own visions and ethics of
social change. Such work demands a serious engagement with the
complexities of identity, representation, and political imagination as
well as a rethinking of the assumptions and possibilities associated
with engagement and expertise. This presentation draws upon 16 years
of partnership with activists in India and with academic co-authors in
the US to reflect on how story telling across social, geographical,
and institutional borders can enhance critical engagement with
questions of violence and struggles for social change, while also
troubling dominant discourses and methodologies inside and outside of
the academy. In offering six "truths" of alliance work, this talk
reflects on the labor process, assumptions, possibilities, and risks
associated with co-authorship as a tool for mobilizing intellectual
spaces in which stories from multiple locations in an alliance can
speak with one another and evolve into more nuanced critical

Richa Nagar is Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at
the University of Minnesota and she has worked closely with Sangtin
Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan (Sangtin Peasants and Workers Organization)
in Sitapur District of India. She has co-authored Sangtin Yatra
(Sangtin, 2004), Playing with Fire (University of Minnesota Press and
Zubaan, 2006), A World of Difference (Guilford, 2009), and Ek Aur
Neemsaar (Rajkamal Prakashan, 2012) and she has co-edited Critical
Transnational Feminist Studies (SUNY Press, 2010). She has been a
residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the
Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford and at the Jawaharlal Nehru
Institute for Advanced Studies in New Delhi.

Event URL: https://events.umn.edu/021316

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 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. 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.

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 www.clscholarship.org). Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program.

The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at www.indiastudies.org. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.

Summer 2013
Academic Year 3013
Semester 2013

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

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The applications for the 2013-2014 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org

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.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year???s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 31, 2013
Boren Scholarship: February 13, 2013*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org
You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Sardar Patel Award 2012 for best dissertation

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Sardar Patel Award 2012
Call for Submissions

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 2012. The amount of the award is $10,000.

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

2. The topic must also fall within the following fields of study: History, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education or the Fine Arts.

3. Dissertations submitted for consideration will have been completed during the 2011-2012 academic year (1 September 2011 through 31 August 2012). In some cases dissertations completed very close to these dates may also 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 04, 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions 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
Email: akgupta@anthro.ucla.edu

For more information: http://www.international.ucla.edu/southasia/patel/

Urbanization Postdoc Opportunity in Bangalore

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The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore announces a postdoctoral position under the collaborative research project with the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, entitled 'The Great Transformation: Urban Land Markets, Livelihoods and the Growing Ecological Crisis in Asia's Cities'.

Click here for details.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Institute of Indian Studies, we invite you to join us on December 21-22, 2012 in Delhi to discuss The Long 1980s: Recovering a 'Lost Decade.'

Book-ended by the dramatic historical markers of the Emergency on the one hand and economic liberalization and the Mandal and Masjid controversies on the other, the period that we consciously choose to delineate here as "the long 1980s" is typically dismissed as an era of economic stagnation and political authoritarianism. And yet, in many ways, the 1980s was a period of extraordinary importance. In areas as distinct as the visual arts, classical and popular music, cultural patronage, the writing of national histories, and print and audio-visual media, the 1980s was an era of consolidation and productive re-alignment. Furthermore, these years witnessed a critical deepening of scholarship in the interpretive sciences on these realms both in the Indian academy and around the world. Propelled by this realization, we seek to bring together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to pursue three interlocking projects: (1) to identify what we are calling the long 1980s as a pivotal turning point in India's twentieth-century history; (2) to take stock of the scholarship on the areas we have identified as historically constitutive of that period; and (3) to connect studies of cultural production with those of political practice and political economy.

The first of three conferences, "The Long 1980s: Recovering a 'Lost Decade'" is being organized by Sumathi Ramaswamy of Duke University, Karin Zitzewitz of Michigan State University, Rebecca Brown at Johns Hopkins University and Arvind Rajagopal of New York University and will be held at the India International Centre in New Delhi December 21-22, 2012.

This conference is open to the public without charge, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please go to http://thelong1980s.wordpress.com/

AIIS Book Prize Competitions for 2013

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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".

We want to encourage as many people as possible to submit their manuscripts for the 2013 book prize competition. Click here to download the details.

On his first official state visit to Minnesota, the Prime Minister of
the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, will be speaking
on campus in a guest lecture on US-China relations, the situation
inside Tibet, and human rights in the region, followed by a Q&A
session with the audience.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Dr. Sangay is the first democratically
elected Tibetan Prime Minister after His Holiness the Dalai Lama
devolved political power to him in 2011. He was a Senior Fellow at the
East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School after he
obtained his LL.M. He is an expert on international law, democratic
constitutions, and contemporary China. In 2007, he was selected as one
of the twenty-four Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society and a
delegate to the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria, where top
legal experts and judges from around the world congregate.

The event will take place next Friday, October 12, 2012 at Walter
Mondale Hall (the law school) in Room 25. Doors open at 3:30 and the
event will begin at 4:00pm.

You can rsvp on the Facebook event page here:

Please feel free to contact Tenzin Pelkyi at palky001@umn.edu with any
questions about the event.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - October 2012

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

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