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Past Events of Fall 2010

Monday, September 13 – Heyman Center for the Humanities Lecture
"Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: India and China"

A lecture by Pranab Bardhan (University of California, Berkeley)

Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute and MESAAS

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, on international trade, and in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. Bardhan was Chief Editor, Journal of Development Economics (1985-2003) and co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance (1996-2007). He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena in 2008-9, and will be BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.

Bardhan's recent publications include International Trade, Growth and Development (2003) and Poverty, Agrarian Structure, and Political Economy in India (2003); Scarcity, Conflicts and Cooperation: Essays in Political and Institutional Economics of Development (2005); and Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India (2010). His co-edited volumes include Globalization and Egalitarian Redistribution (2006); Inequality, Cooperation, and Environmental Sustainability (2006); Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective (2006); and The Contested Commons: Conversations between Economists and Anthropologists (2008).

To register for the event, visit http://cgt.columbia.edu/events/talk_on_india_and_china

Time: 6:15pm
Location: Heyman Center, Common Room, East Campus Building, 74 Morningside Drive
Directions: http://www.heymancenter.org/visit.php

On September 14th, Pranab Bardhan will be joined by Jon Elster (Columbia) and John Roemer (Yale University) to discuss rational choice theory, on a panel entitled, "Taking Stock of (Analytical) Marxism." See http://www.heymancenter.org/events.php for more details.

Monday, September 20 – Distinguished Lecturer Series
"Tiger Ecology or Tiger Economy?
The Science of Saving Wild Tigers"

A talk by K. Ullas Karanth (Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangalore, India)

Introduction by Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B)

Inspired by the work of Dr. George Schaller, Ullas Karanth began studying tiger ecology in India in 1986, obtaining his M.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Florida (1988) and a PhD in Applied Zoology from Mangalore University, India (1993). Since 1988, he has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where he is Senior Conservation Scientist. Dr. Karanth is the Founding Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Banglaore, and an adjunct faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore where he chairs the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

His focal area of research is carnivore ecology, population dynamics, and conservation policy. Much of his research was conducted at the Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Karnataka, which includes his work on the status of tigers and their prey. Dr. Karanth has produced over 80 scientific papers and several books, including A View from the Machan: How Science Can Save the Fragile Predator (2008); Tiger Tales: Tracking the Big Cat Across Asia (2006); and The Way of the Tiger (2003). Dr. Karanth was awarded the Sierra Club's International Earthcare Award in 2006, J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership of the World Wildlife Fund in 2007; and the Salim Ali Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Bombay Natural History Society in 2009.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Panel discussion
A conversation with John Freeman (Granta) and Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist)

Organized by South Asian Journalists Association
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute

Join a conversation with John Freeman, the editor of Granta, and Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, whose work appears in Granta's special Pakistan issue. Granta is a quarterly magazine of new writing founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, banter and literary enterprise named after the river that runs through the town. Reborn in 1979, Granta has published writers tackling some of the world’s most important subjects, from intimate human experiences to the large public and political events that shape our lives.

Freeman and Hamid were editor and contributor, respectively, of the latest issue of Granta, dedicated to Pakistan and its ongoing literary renaissance. Granta 112 includes fiction, reportage, memoir, travelogue, poetry and, in a special collaboration with the arts organisation Green Cardamom, contemporary art. It celebrates a corona of talent writing in Sindhi, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto and in English from within Pakistan which has burst onto the English-language publishing world. Nadeem Aslam's novella "Leila in the Wilderness'"leads the issue, along with short fiction from Mohsin Hamid, Mohammed Hanif and new talent Jamil Ahmad, and poetry by Hasina Gul, Yasmeen Hameed, and Daniyal Mueenuddin. . The issue includes reports on Kashmir, Anwar Kamal's campaign trail among the Pashtuns, Pakistan's founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the search for a Sheedi shrine and Pakistani pop idols from Basharat Peer, Guardian journalist Declan Walsh, the New York Times Pakistan bureau chief Jane Perlez, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams, Fatima Bhutto and Kamila Shamsie. Green Cardamom's carefully curated selection of art showcases a range of new talent from the unequivocal political commentary of Ayesha Jatoi to the meditative, somewhat spiritual installations of Imran Qureshi.

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Columbia Journalism School, 116th St & Broadway, Lecture Hall

Wednesday, September 22 - Panel and Fundraising Event
Pakistan Floods: Prospects for a Sustainable Recovery & Rehabilitation

Panelists:
Hassan Abbas (Quaid-i-Azam Professor of Pakistan Studies, Columbia)
Batool Hassan (Acumen Fund)
Asif Zaidi (United Nations Environment Programme)
S. Akbar Zaidi (Visiting Professor, Columbia)

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
All proceeds go to the UN Emergency Response Fund for Pakistan

Organized by the SIPA South Asia Association and the Organization of Pakistani Students
Co-sponsored by The South Asia Institute

Time: 7:15pm - 9.30pm
Location: 15th Floor, International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th Street at Amsterdam

Monday, September 27 – Books and Authors Series
"The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma" By Gurcharan Das

Introduction by Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Department of Middle East, South Asia and African Studies

Why should we be good? How should we be good? And how might we more deeply understand contemporary moral and ethical failings—splashed across today's headlines—that have destroyed individual lives as well, bringing communities, nations, and the global economy to the brink of collapse?

In The Difficulty of Being Good, Gurcharan Das seeks answers to these questions in the Mahabharata. Each major character in the epic embodies a significant moral failing or virtue, and their struggles evince familiar emotions of anxiety, courage, despair, remorse, envy, compassion, vengefulness, and duty. Das explores the Mahabharata and compares the successes and failures of the poem's characters to those of contemporary individuals, many of them highly visible players in the world of economics, business, and politics. In every case, he finds lessons for everyone faced with ethical and moral dilemmas in today's complex world.

Gurcharan Das graduated with honors from Harvard University in Philosophy and Politics, and later attended Harvard Business School. Over a 30-year business career, working in 6 countries, he was CEO of Procter & Gamble India (1985-1992); Vice President or Procter & Gamble Far East (1992-95), and Chairman and Managing Director of Richardson Hindustan Ltd. (1981-85).

Gurcharan Das is the author of India Unbound, which has been translated into many languages and filmed by the BBC. He writes a regular column for six Indian newspapers, including the Times of India, and occasionally for Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. His other books include the novel A Fine Family; a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm; and as a playwright, an anthology, Three English Plays.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Wednesday, October 6 - Lectures in International Development
"Muslims facing ghettoisation in Ahmedabad: Juhapura from victimisation to self-help"

A talk by Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po)

Presented by Development in South Asia (DISHA)
Co-sponsored by Teachers College and the South Asia Institute

Lectures in International Development is a policy oriented series that invites leading practitioners and scholars to present practical and theoretical issues in education policy with a focus on the marginal population around the world.

Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and teaches South Asian history and politics at Sciences-Po. Jaffrelot was Director of Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po, 2000-08. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins. Jaffrelot is author of The Hindu nationalist movement and Indian politics, 1925 to the 1990s (1999); India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Low Castes in North India (2003); Dr. Ambedkar and untouchability: Fighting the Indian Caste System (2005); and Religion, Castes and Politics in India (2010). His most recent co-edited volumes are Armed Militias of South Asia: Fundamentalist, Maoists and Separatists (2009) and Rise of the plebeians? The changing face of Indian legislative assemblies (2009).

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Russell Hall 306, Teachers College, 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam

Monday, October 18 – Panel Discussion on the Indian Economy
"The Imperial Connection and India's Development"

Presentations and Panelists:

"India in the Great Divergence"
by Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick)

"Calibrating Coercion: British Enterprise in Colonial India"
by Anand Swamy (Williams College)

"Long-run effects of colonial institutions"
by Lakshmi Iyer (Harvard University)

Discussant: S. Akbar Zaidi, Visiting Professor, School of International & Public Affairs and the Department of Middle East, South Asia and African Studies

Bishnupriya Gupta is Associate Professor, Department of Economics, at the University of Warwick. She received her MA from the University of Calcutta and a DPhil from Oxford University. She has taught at the London School of Economics, University of St. Andrews, and the Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests include Economic History, Economic Development, Industrial Organization in Colonial India, the "Great Divergence" between Europe and Asia, and sex ratio and gender bias. She has contributed to the edited volumes including How India Clothed the World: South Asian Textiles, 1500 – 1850; and The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, as well as to journals such as Economic History Review, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Journal of Asian Economics, and Economic and Political Weekly.

Lakshmi Iyer is Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. She received her MA and PhD in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her primary research fields are political economy and development economics, with a special emphasis on property rights in developing countries such as India, Vietnam, China and the Philippines. Her work has examined the quality of government in developing countries, including the legacy of colonial rule, the division of authority between politicians and bureaucrats, and the link between poverty and conflict. She has contributed articles to many journals, as has co-authored two chapters with Abhijit Banerjee in the edited volumes, Natural Experiments in History, and Handbook of Development Economics, and co-authored two chapters in the forthcoming South Asia's Poorest Half Billion.

Anand Swamy is Professor, Department of Economics, at Williams College. Swamy studied at the Delhi School of Economics (MA), Jawaharlal Nehru University (MPhil), and received his PhD from Northwestern University. His fields of specialization include economics of institutions in developing countries; land, labor and credit markets in developing countries; and the economies of South Asia. He has consulted for the World Bank on four projects since 1996. He has contributed to many edited volumes and journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Friday, October 22 – Brown Bag
"State Building in Afghanistan: Lessons from Kandahar"

A talk by Ben Rowswell (Former Representative of Canada in Kandahar)

Organized by the Middle East Institute
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute

Ben Rowswell has been involved in Canda's mission to Afghanistan since the Canadian government's decision in 2008 to concentrate more heavily on governance and development. In his talk, Rowswell will discuss the progress that Canada has made in Kandahar and how we can build on that foundation as Canada's mission transitions in 2011 when the troops withdraw from Kandahar, and Canada's Whole-of-Government approach to its Afghanistan engagement, including innovation in stabilization work, civiliian-military coordination, the impact of Canada's six priorities and three signature projects, and the importance of close integration with the U.S.

As Representative of Canada in Kandahar from 2009-2010, Rowswell led the Government of Canada's coordinated diplomatic and reconstruction efforts, in close cooperation with the Canadian Forces and Canada's international partners. Prior to this, during his 17 years as a Foreign Service officer, he founded the Democracy Unit at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and served as Canada's representative in Iraq from 2003-2005, at Canada's Embassy to Egypt, and at Canada's Mission to the United Nations. Outside the foreign service, Rowswell has worked with the National Democratic Institute in Iraq, as a UN contractor in Somalia, a visiting fellow with CSIS in Washington, DC and at the Université du Québec à Montréal . In 2007, he co-edited the book Iraq: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict. Rowswell joined Stanford University in the fall of 2010 as a Visiting Scholar.

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Room 707 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street at Amsterdam Avenue

Monday, October 25 – Lecture
"The Correction of Servants: Manslaughter, Law and Medical Evidence in Early Colonial India"

A talk by Sudipta Sen (University of California, Davis)

Sudipta Sen is Professor of History and Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, at the University of California, Davis. A historian of late medieval and early modern India and the British Empire, his work has focused on the early colonial history of British India. Sen earned his PhD with distinction at the University of Chicago in 1994. He is the author of two books, Empire of Free Trade: The English East India Company and the Making of the Colonial Marketplace (1998) and Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British India (2002). His latest book, Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River, is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Thursday, October 28 - Discussion
"State and Non-State Forces in Sri Lanka:
Revisiting the Armed Conflict and Some Thoughts on Human Rights Engagement"

A discussion with Dr. K. Sritharan (University Teachers for Human Rights,Jaffna)

Moderated by Mangalika de Silva (Visiting Scholar, South Asia Institute)

Kopalasingham Sritharan, former Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is a co-founder of University of Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna). The group formed in 1988 at the University of Jaffna, and documented human rights violations and abuses by all sides in the nation's conflict, including various armed groups. After the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) assassinated Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, another prominent founding member of UTHR(J), in September 1989, Sritharan and fellow UTHR(J) member Rajan Hoole were forced to leave the university. For the past 20 years, in hiding and on the move, they have systematically documented human rights violations, provided political critiques and recorded voices of ordinary people from all communities. UTHR(J) was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights in 2007. K. Sritharan is also a co-author of The Broken Palmyra.

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Room 207, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street between Broadway and Claremont

Friday, October 29 - SAJA presents
a Newsmaker Conversation with SHASHI THAROOR

Presented by the South Asia Journalism Association-NY (@sajaHQ), Columbia Journalism School (@ColumbiaJourn), and St. Stephen's College - Delhi - Alumni in New York

Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute

Member of India's Parliament and former minister; author of 12 books; former Under-Secretary General, United Nations. Meet the long-time New Yorker and frequent SAJA speaker on a rare return visit to NYC. He'll discuss his experiences in government, his take on Indo-US relations, his writing career and much more. See http://tharoor.in or his Twitter feed is @ShashiTharoor (he has the largest Twitter following in India).

Open to the public; no RSVP required.

Can't make it? Send SAJA a question to ask him: saja@columbia.edu or tweet us: @sajaHQ.

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Joseph Pulitzer World Room, Columbia Journalism School, 116th Street & Broadway (#1 train to 116th St stop)

Wednesday, November 3 – South Asia Graduate Students Forum
"Marvelous Histories; Or, Ghalib and the Simurgh"

A presentation by Pasha Mohamad Khan (Department of Middle East, South Asia and African Studies)

In Delhi in the 1860s, the eminent Urdu/Persian poet Mirza Asad Allah Khan Ghalib wrote a preface to a romance (dastan/qissah), in which he defended the romance genre from the belittlement of partisans of the history (tarikh). Evoking the Shahnamah to further his argument, Ghalib raises questions regarding the line between romance and history, two genres that were often opposed, but which exhibited an alarming tendency to infect one another. The paper will consider how it is that Ghalib could regard an event, creature or object as simultaneously impossible and historical. In order to do this it will distinguish between two genres of history, the intellective and the transmission-based (`aqli and naqli), and their situations in late Mughal India.

The Forum format is as follows: 20-30 minutes, Presentation; 20-30 minutes, Q & A and discussion; 60 minutes: Reception. The Forum is open to all members of the Columbia community. If you have any questions about the Forum or are interested in presenting (graduate students only please), contact one of the Forum co-coordinators, Simranjeet Singh (sjs2180@columbia.edu) and Nabila Pirani (np2347@columbia.edu).

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Monday, November 8 – Lecture
"Kanoon se kyu darta hain dil:
The Republic of Love in Cinematic Courtrooms"

A talk by Lawrence Liang (Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore). Lawrence Liang will examine the question of why Hindi cinema (especially in the 50s and 60s) was dominated by courtroom melodrama and questions of love, justice and recognition, and will link the discussion to larger philosophical debates on the relationship between law and emotion.

Lawrence Liang is co-founder of the non-profit collective Alternative Law Forum (ALF), which engages in critical legal research and pedagogy, and provides legal services to marginalized groups in Bangalore, including the issues of access to the justice system, disability, gender, and sexuality. ALF was part of the team that successfully challenged the anti-sodomy laws of the Indian Penal Code in 2009. At ALF, Laing heads a research project on “Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Culture Commons,” in collaboration with SARIA, Center for Study of Developing Societies at New Dehli. He received a BA and LLB from the National Law School of India, and an LLM in Law and Development at the University of Warwick. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is the author of Primer on Open Content (UNDP, 2007) and Guide to Open Content Licenses (2004) and contributed to the edited volumes, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Book (2009) and The Public is Watching: Sex, Laws and Videotape (2007).

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Wednesday, November 10 - Conference
Pakistan: The Most Dangerous Decade Begins?

Organized by the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR)
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
MORNING SESSION: The Domestic Scene
    Introductory Remarks by Alfred Stepan (Political Science/Director, CDTR) and Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences-Po/CNRS)

    "Economic Crises or Political? Not Learning from the Past"
    Akbar Zaidi, Visiting Professor at SIPA and MESAAS

    "The Military and Democracy after Musharraf"
    Aqil Shah, Research Fellow, Society of Fellows Harvard University

    "Internal Security at the Time of Counter Insurgency"
    Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam Chair at the South Asia Institute, Columbia University

    "Will the Judiciary Save Pakistan?"
    Phillip Oldenburg, Research Scholar, South Asia Institute, Columbia University

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
AFTERNOON SESSION: Pakistan in its Region and Beyond
    "The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban as a Social Movement"
    Mariam Abou-Zahab, CERI – Sciences Po

    "India and Pakistan in Afghanistan: Opportunities and Constraints"
    Christine Fair, Assistant Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), Georgetown

    "Prospects for Normalization of Indo-Pak Relations"
    W.P.S. Sidhu, Vice President of Programs at the East West Institute in New York

    "US-Pakistan Relations at the Crossroads – Once Again"
    Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI - Sciences Po/CNRS

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 1501 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St, at Amsterdam Avenue

Monday, November 15 – Lecture
"Cultural Purity and Militant Kinship:The Transformation of Tamil Society in Sri Lanka"

A talk by Sharika Thiranagama (New School University)

Sharika Thiranagama is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at New School University. She earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 2006. Thiranagama's doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on aspects of the Sri Lankan civil war. Her field research was conducted primarily with Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Muslims, and examined the effects of protracted civil war on ideas of home, kinship and self. Her other research projects include the history of railways in Sri Lanka, the political culture of treason amongst Sri Lankan Tamils, and the BBC World service in South Asia. Thiranagama contributed an introduction and a chapter to her co-edited volume, Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy and the Ethics of State-Building. She is currently completing a book project entitled In my Mother's House: the Intimacy of War in Sri Lanka for publication later this year.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Monday, November 22 – South Asia Graduate Students Forum
"The Meaning of Metaphor: Literary Theory and Epistemology in 12th Century Kashmir"

A presentation by James Reich (Harvard University)

Abstract: From the very earliest stages of the tradition, literary theorists writing in Sanskrit spent a great deal of effort on the classification and analysis of rhetorical figures (alamkaras). This continued to be the case even after questions of affective response gained a theoretically central role in the discipline around the 9th century. In 12th century Kashmir, a debate between the theorists Ruyyaka and Sobhakaramitra over the process by which a metaphor is cognized shows just how philosophically rich the discussion of rhetorical figures in Sanskrit could be, and also helps us understand the relationship in this particular time and place between literary theory and other forms of systematic knowledge then under discussion.

The Forum format is as follows: 20-30 minutes, Presentation; 20-30 minutes, Q & A and discussion; 60 minutes: Reception. The Forum is open to all members of the Columbia community. If you have any questions about the Forum or are interested in presenting (graduate students only please), contact one of the Forum co-coordinators, Simranjeet Singh (sjs2180@columbia.edu) and Nabila Pirani (np2347@columbia.edu).

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

Monday, December 6 – Distinguished Lecturer Series
"Southern Buddhism: Tracing later Buddhist Art in South India"

a talk by John Guy (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology

Introduction by Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Department of Middle East, South Asia and African Studies

It appears self evident to anyone today travelling around Tamil Nadu or southern Karnataka that Buddhism had largely disappeared from the region by the early Chola period, with the well-noted exception of Nagapattinam. This perception is strengthened by the overwhelmingly Hindu character of South Indian society. Conventional histories recount that Buddhism was a significant player alongside Hinduism and Jainism in the religious life of southern India, from the early centuries BC through to at least the fifth or sixth century AD, after which its patronage base dramatically diminished, the faith effectively disappearing by the end of the first millennium.

This scenario fails to acknowledge the ways in which Buddhism persisted for nearly another thousand years, retaining followers in southern India and attracting others from abroad. Nor does it recognize the issue of ongoing patronage by the Buddhist community, whose role must have continued to be central in the commissioning and financing of the number of high quality Buddha, Bodhisattva and Tara images in the region. This lecture will explore ways of explaining the existence of these post-Chola Buddhist icons in an apparently non-Buddhist religious environment.

John Guy, FSA is Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He previously served for 22 years as Curator of Indian Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. His current research focuses on Hindu-Buddhist sculpture and devotional worship in both India and early Southeast Asia. He has worked on a number of archaeological excavations, at both land and maritime sites, and served as an advisor to UNESCO on historical sites in Southeast Asia.

Guy has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, most recently La Escultura en Los Templos Indios: El arte de la Devocion (Barcelona 2007), Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-leaf Tradition (New York, MMA 2008), Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting (MMA, 2009), and Epic India: Scenes from the Ramayana (MMA, 2010). His recent contributions to exhibition catalogues include Chola Bronzes of Southern India (Royal Academy 2006), Vietnam: From Myth to Modernity (Singapore 2008), Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia (Washington Freer/Sackler) and The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty (MMA, NY, 2010).

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue
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