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Imperial Nature: Flora, Fauna, and Colonialism in India

January 18 - April 20, 2014

Cargill Gallery
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Free Admission

Two different approaches to understanding and depicting nature melded--with beguiling results--as the long interlacing of British and Indian cultures on the subcontinent deepened in the 17th and 18th centuries, an uneasy period of intensifying colonial rule. This exhibition showcases these unique representations of nature, commissioned by Indian princes and increasingly powerful European colonial patrons--an artistic and scientific confluence that forever reshaped the way we view the natural world.

The exhibition examines a wide variety of works commissioned by Indian princes and European elites, featuring works from two important New York collections and 11 never-before-exhibited "Lady Impey" paintings from the private collection of Elizabeth and Willard Clark. Lady Mary Impey, a British colonial in 18th century Calcutta, commissioned Indian painters to illustrate birds from her private menagerie, resulting in images that owe as much to European natural science as India's rich painterly tradition.

THE 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BHOPAL GAS LEAK DISASTER

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Today marks the 29th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster, a poisonous gas leak at the Union Carbide fertilizer factory in Bhopal, India. Some half million people were affected by the leak. Thousands died during the event and its immediate aftermath. After 29 years, the tragedy is still unfolding: survivors continue to suffer and to struggle for medical relief, compensation and justice. The plant itself remains a toxic site that continues to contaminate the groundwater.

Read a Statement On the Occasion of the 29th Anniversary of The Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster published by citizen groups.

Bhopal Medical Appeal

Find books and videos on the disaster.

Movies on or from India

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Over the past 3 years we've added nearly 400 movies on or about India, more than doubling the size of our collection. These include films of all types from Bollywood to regional cinema to documentaries to art films, old and new.

Click here for a complete list of our India film holdings.

The DVDs and VCDs are housed in the Walter Library Smart Learning Commons and you can check them out for either personal or classroom use. Find out more about Media Collections here.

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.
Click here to download details.

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

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.

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.

Dissertation into book workshop, 2011

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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.
Click here for details.

Whose Development is it, Anyway?

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An excellent critique of the current approach to development in India appears in the magazine, Open: Whose Development is it, Anyway?

Pakistan Floods

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Unusually heavy and concentrated monsoon rains have led to flooding in various regions of Pakistan, affecting over 17 million people. Here are a couple of information sources beyond the usual news providers.


  • Pakreport.org produces a crisis map based on reports from flood-affected areas that are verified, collated, and mapped. This information is then used to help coordinate relief activities.


  • USAID is maintaining a web page with fact sheets, maps, and information on humanitarian assistance: USAID Pakistan Disaster Assistance

Ames Library Audiobooks

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Ames Library has begun to add a few audiobooks from India. You can find them by clicking here.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. David Faust

Dissertation into book workshop

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Several South Asia scholarly institutes will be holding the second dissertation into book workshop at the Madison South Asia conference in October. This is an excellent opportunity for recent PhDs. Applications to participate are due by June 15, 2010.

Click here for details

UN Benazir Bhutto Assassination Report

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The United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the facts and circumstances of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has published its report.

Click here for the UN News Centre on the report.

Click here for the report in .pdf format from the UN Website.

News from the American Institute of Indian Studies

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I recently attended the annual board meeting of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Trustees on behalf of the U of MN. I would like to highlight two things for India scholars:

Travel to India: Because of security concerns, the Government of India has been tightening up on visa requirements and violations. 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. Otherwise you may be sorry. 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). You can find out more at the Indian Consulate (http://chicago.indianconsulate.com/) and the Indian Visa Center (https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/).

AIIS Website: The AIIS has put up a nice new website (http://www.indiastudies.org/) that has information on the Institution itself and on


  • Research fellowships (junior-for grad students, senior-for Ph.D. holders, and special fellowships for performing and creative artists),

  • Language programs (11 languages offered regularly with possibilities for 6 others),

  • Assistance for international learning

  • Gifts: AIIS is also fundraising, and there is a link to make a gift. If you would like to suggest possible donors, you could also submit their information.

  • And, as they say, much, much more.

25th Anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak disaster

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Twenty-five years ago a Union Carbide plant in a densely populated part of the city of Bhopal, India, leaked some 40 tons of poisonous gas, which diffused into the surrounding settlements to kill people in their sleep. Some 8-10,000 people died within the first 72 hours and another 15,000 people have died as a result of their exposure to the toxic gas. Some 120,000 survivors have debilitating medical conditions that require extensive continuing health care. The survivors are still struggling to obtain just compensation and appropriate rehabilitation and continuing care. Furthermore, the site itself is still toxic and still poisoning people. The world's worst industrial disaster is not over after a quarter of a century - it is truly the disaster that keeps on giving.

Click here for more information on the web about the event, the damage, and the continuing issues


Click here for books and videos on the Union Carbide Gas Leak disaster

Microcredit

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Microcredit has been accepted uncritically as a way to bring people out of poverty. Two new books from Bangladesh, home of Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, challenge this rosy view:

Badruddin Umar. 2007. Poverty trade of Dr. Yunus. Dhaka: Shrabon Prokashani.
Ames Library HG3290.6.A8 G727528 2007

Chowdhury, Farooque (ed.). 2007. Micro credit, myth manufactured: unveiling appropriation of surplus value and an icon. Dhaka: Shrabon Prokashani.
Ames Library HG178.33.B3 M53 2007

New readings on Indian Culture and Society

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We just received a new 4-volume set of readings that could be an excellent resource for teaching and learning. It brings together work by many of the best scholars writing on contemporary India:


You can download additional information and tables of contents here:

* More about Modern Indian Culture and Society PDF (0.98 MB)

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