Past Events of Spring 2008

January 25, 2008 Pakistan: Current & Future Challenges
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When: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: International Affairs Building, Room 1512

A conference in honor of Sheldon Pollock
Where: Room 1512, International Affairs Building

February 28, 2008 Professor Hasan Askari-Rizvi
Post-Election Pakistan: In Search of Democracy and Stability

Moderated by Professor Akbar Noman, Senior Policy Advisor, Initiative for Policy Dialog, Columbia University

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When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Ella Weed Room, 2nd Floor, Milbank Hall, Barnard College

March 10, 2008 Barbara Stoler Miller Lecture
New Insights on the Indus Civilization: Recent Discoveries in Pakistan and India

Mark Kenoyer, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Co-Director, Harappa Archaeological Research Project (HARP)

This illustrated lecture will present an overview of the Indus Civilization and highlights of recent discoveries from excavations in Pakistan and western India. A special focus will be on the recent discoveries at the site of Harappa and Ganweriwala, Pakistan, as well as the important sites in India, such as Dholavira and Rakhigarhi. These recent excavations have provided new evidence on the origins of writing and urbanism in the Indus Valley. Other important topics will include the origins of agriculture and animal husbandry (7000 – 5000 BC), the emergence of village cultures and eventually towns (3300-2600 BC), and the urban expansion of the Indus or Harappan Period (2600-1900 BC. New discoveries on the development of writing, seals, and the use of standardized stone weights will be presented along with a discussion on Indus art, symbol and technology as well as the enigmatic undeciphered Indus script. The decline and reorganization of the Indus cities (1900-1300 BC) will also be discussed along with the gradual emergence of new cultural traditions in the northern subcontinent. Throughout the presentation the important contributions of the Indus culture to later civilizations in South Asia and other world regions will be highlighted.

*a samosa/snack reception will follow!
Where: Lindsay Rogers Room, SIPA/International Affairs Building
When: 6-8 pm

Mondays, March 31, April 7 and 14th, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Southern Asian Institute present:
A mini-seminar led by Visiting Scholar Francesca Orsini, Hindi expert and professor at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London.

Students, please note that you may take the class for credit. Don’t miss this chance to explore India’s rich diversity of language and literary cultures. Class readings will feature sources from Hindi, Urdu, and Persian, and topics for discussion will include bilingualism, multilinguism, translation theory, colonial epistemology, nationalism and communalism.

**The April 14th session will be a public lecture open to the public, and followed by a wine/snack reception.

- S.R. Faruqi
- Rushdnama Transcript
- Digby Gangohi
When: Mondays, March 31, April 7 and 14th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Komoda Seminar Room, HB1-7 Heyman Center

The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Asian Institute, Columbia University. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

Registration Form available at the link above.

Workshop schedule:
10:00-10:30 coffee ~~ 10:30-12:30: Texts
12:30-1:30: lunch ~~ 1:30-3:30: Contexts

(copies of selected parts of this material will be made available at the workshop itself and will form the basis of discussion)

  • Ab-e hayat (1880) on Sauda: *DSAL*
  • Annotated translations of some of Sauda's satires, with texts: *Columbia U.*
  • A satiric *shahr-ashob by Jur'at*, with *commentary by S. R. Faruqi*
  • A satiric *shahr-ashob by Nazir Akbarabadi*, with *commentary by FWP*
When: Saturday April 12, 2008, 10:30-3:30
Where: Columbia University, School of International Affairs, Room 1134 (enter from 118th St.)

further inquiries:

April 28, 2008 Distinguished Lecture Series
In a Buddhist World, But Not Of It: the Novels of Martin Wickramasinghe as Vehicles of Buddhist Reflection in Modern Sri Lanka
Professor Charles Hallisey, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
Where: Lindsey Rogers Room, 7th floor, SIPA/International Affairs Building
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