Conference Program

 Conference Schedule

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Swift Hall, Third Floor Lecture Room
1025 E. 58th Street

5:00 pm                       Opening Lecture, “Thinking About a Civilization, Again and Again”
             Richard Davis, (AB ‘73, Ph.D. ’86)
             Professor and Chair of Religion and Asian Studies Programs, Bard College

                         Steven Collins
                         Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago

6:45 pm                       Reception

7:30 pm                       Dinner


Friday, 29 April 2016

Swift Hall, Third Floor Lecture Room
1025 E. 58th Street

9:00-9:30 am               Conference Opening by Eric D. Isaacs
Provost,University of Chicago 

Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Ulrike Stark,
Chair, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Kathleen Morrison
Chair, Anthropology and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, University of Chicago

9:30 am -12:00 pm     Panel 1: “Looking Back at South Asian Studies”

Chair: Gary Tubb, Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professor, University of Chicago
and Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi

“From Gotīrtha to Dīrghaśṛṅga: A Journey in Sanskrit”
            Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin and Visiting
            Professor, University of Chicago

10:10-10:30 am           Coffee Break

10:30 am-12:00 pm     Panel 1 (cont.)

“Setting the ‘Audacious Agenda’: UC South Asia Faculty and SSRC/ACLS Joint Committee on South Asia”
             David L. Szanton (AM ’63, PhD ’70)
             President, Ethnic Arts Foundation

“South Asian Studies from a British Perspective”
                          Francis Robinson, Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway
                          University of London and Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

12:00-1:30 pm             Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm               Panel 2: “The More the Things Change…”

Chair: William Mazzarella, Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College,
            University of Chicago

“Why Hindi? The Promise and Challenges of Studying a Rāṣṭrabhāṣā
                        Allison Busch (PhD ’03), Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in
                        Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University

“Reading Ramayana in 21st Century India”
            Arshia Sattar (PhD ’90), Scholar, author and translator, Bangalore

“The Worst of Times, the Best of Times: Reflections on Doing South Asian Area Studies in the Kaliyuga
           Philip Lutgendorf (PhD ’87), Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, University of Iowa
and President, American Institute of Indian Studies

5:00 pm                      Keynote Address: “Areas, Disciplines, and the Goals of Inquiry”
          Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Studies, Columbia University

Preceded by:

Welcome Address by Robert J. Zimmer, President, University of Chicago

Remarks by Martha T. Roth, Dean, Humanities Division, University of Chicago

Remarks by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India, Chicago

Remarks by Saman Muneeb, Vice Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago

Introduction by Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

6:45 pm                     Reception

7:30 pm                     Dinner


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Swift Hall, Third Floor Lecture Room
1025 E. 58th Street

9:00-11:00 am             Panel 3: South Asian Studies in a New Century

Chair: Daniel A. Arnold, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions, University of Chicago

“South Asian Studies and Liberal Learning in 21st Century India”
            Laurie L. Patton (AM ’86, PhD ’91), Professor of Early Indian Religions and
President, Middlebury

“South Asian Studies after 2008”
           Manan Ahmed (PhD ’08), Assistant Professor, Columbia University

“What is India’s Twentieth Century?”
                       Manu Goswami (PhD ’98), Associate Professor of History, New York University

11:00-11:30 am           Coffee Break

11:30 am-12:50 pm     Panel 4: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Chair: Kathleen Morrison, Neukom Family Professor and Chair,
Department of 
Anthropology and Chair, Committee on Southern Asian Studies,
University of Chicago

“Frontiers of South Indian Studies, 2016 —“
            David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Vivekananda Visiting Professor,
University of Chicago

“The Possible: 30 years studying South Asia, begun at Chicago”
            Susan Seizer (AM ’88, PhD ’97), Associate Professor,
Indiana University Bloomington

12:50-2:10 pm             Lunch

2:10-3:30 pm               Panel 5: Urban History and Natural History in India

Chair: Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the
History of Religions and Professor, Department of South Asian Languages
and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

“Cities, Waste and Pollution: Rethinking Indian History”
             Awadhendra Sharan (PhD ’98), Associate Professor,
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

“Salim Ali’s Legacy: What Now for India’s Natural History?”
            Trevor Price, Professor of Biology, University of Chicago

3:30-3:45 pm               Coffee Break

3:45-4:15 pm               Concluding Remarks by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton
Distinguished Service Professor, 
Department of History and the College

Logan Center Café
915 E. 60th Street

6:00-6:30 pm              Performance by the South Asian Music Ensemble featuring Ameera Nimjee

By invitation only:
Logan Center Performance Penthouse
915 E. 60th Street

6:30-9:00 pm              Gala Dinner

                                   Welcome by Martha T. Roth, Dean, Humanities Division, University of Chicago

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