Past Events - 2009

South Asian Seminar

"Being Tamil in a South African Way: The Pain of Racism in the Patient Narratives of a 'Coolie Doctor'"

Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: IP Commons, UCC 1117
Presenter: Antoinette Burton

“Ramayana Remix: Two Hindi Filmsong Sequences as Epic Commentary”

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Philips Hall
Presenter: Philip Lutgendorf, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Iowa

“Vedanta Meets Heavy Metal: The Image of India in the Diasporic Music of Rudra"

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Philips Hall
Presenter: Sangeet Kumar, Communication Studies, University of Iowa

Kabir Festival

Dates: Thursday, April 16- Friday, April 17
Events will include a concert by celebrated Kabir singers Prahlad Singh Tipaniya and Party, from Madhya Pradesh. A member of India’s Dalit community, Tipaniya has gained wide recognition as an exponent of Kabir’s music and message and has received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award for his achievements. The musicians will be accompanied by filmmaker Shabnam Virmani and Professor Linda Hess of Stanford University, a scholar and translator of Kabir. There will be a lecture-reading by Professor Hess and a screening of two films by Virmani.

Had-Anhad:“Bound-Unbound”: Journeys with Ram and Kabir

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: 3505 Seamans Center

Reading and conversation with Linda Hess

Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Prairie Lights Bookstore

Concert by Prahlad Singh Tipaniya and Party

Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church (College and Gilbert Streets)

"Writing India Writing English"

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Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: IP Commons
Presenter: GJV Prasad, English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

"A Tale of Two Sisters: The Impact of Beauty on the Lives of Karnataka Villagers"

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: Helen Ullrich, Clinical Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine

Events Schedule

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"The Color of Gender: On Substance, Sex-Determination, and Anatomical Difference in the Caraka and Sushruta-samhitas of Ayurvedic Medicine"

Date: Friday, September 11
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Speaker: Professor Martha Selby, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
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Selby is a distinguished scholar and translator who returns to the University of Iowa as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Alumni Fellow and also the first speaker in the South Asian Studies Program (SASP) fall seminar series, sponsored by International Programs. Professor Selby was born and raised in Nevada, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with her BA in Asian Studies in 1982. She did her graduate work at the University of Chicago, specializing in the literature of South Indian languages and in the neglected erotic poetry of several classic Indic languages. In her Sept. 11 talk, Selby will discuss the semiotics of gender in the contexts of the plural medical worlds of classical South Asia, blending philology, semiotics, and feminist criticism, along with medical history.

"The Poetics of Recognition in Hindi Cinema"

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Richard Allen, New York University (Film Studies)
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"Jodhaa Akbar"

Date: Monday, November 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building
Film by: Ashutosh Gowariker, 2008
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"I Used to Call Myself 'Elvis': The Politics of Experience in Indian Call Centers"

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Aimee Carrillo Rowe, University of Iowa Associate Professor of Rhetoric, POROI (Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry), and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
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Indian call center agents become estranged from their immediate surroundings as they stretch their imaginations and identities to meet American customers in the virtual space of the telephone call. Drawing on interviews with fifty call center workers, this presentation considers the implications of the particular demands of their transnational labor for agents¹ sense of embodied being.

For more information on these presentations or for special accommodations to attend, please contact Heidi Vekemans, Events Coordinator, UI International Programs, at (319) 335-3862 or heidi-vekemans@uiowa.edu

"Permanent Resettlement Sites in Post-Tsunami South India: A Case of 'Build Back Better' or Tabula Rasa Spoiled?"

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Luke Juran, University of Iowa (Geography)
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The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami devastated mainland India, displacing close to one million persons and damaging or destroying more than 100,000 homes. The impacts set in place the most extensive reconstruction project in India's history. This presentation focuses on water and sanitation infrastructure in housing reconstruction and provides field-based data to assess the extent to which projects lived up to their stated goals.

Film Schedule

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"Rang De Basanti (The Color of Sacrifice)"

Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building
Film by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 2006
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"Dev D."

Date: Monday, November 30
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building
Film by: Anurag Kashyap, 2009
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"Global Travel, Eroticism, & Love in O60s Bombay Cinema"

Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: E205 Adler Building
Film by: Ranjani Mazumdar Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and independent filmmaker; author of Bombay Cinema, An Archive of the City (2007)
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"Om Shanti Om"

Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building
Film by: Farah Khan, 2007
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