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"My bhakti is my power": Gender, Power, and the Performance of Devotional Asceticism in Rajasthan

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Antoinette DeNapoli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Religions, Grinnell College

Based on ethnographic research that brings together perspectives from
religious studies, gender studies, and performance studies, DeNapoli's work examines how female Shaiva initiates create a gendered, vernacular tradition of devotional asceticism that reconfigures orthodox, Brahmanical, and male-oriented concepts and practices. She will illustrate this with slides from her recent fieldwork.

"Corporal Punishment: Violence, Obedience, and Gender in New Delhi Schools"

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Center
Presenter: Lavanya Murali Proctor; PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology

Based on recent dissertation research conducted in three schools in New
Delhi, this presentation examines why corporal punishment occurs, how it is justified, and how gender is implicated in it.  Proctor¹s findings raise the question of what implications such patterns of violence have on gender
relations in the broader context of patriarchy and gender oppression in India.

"India: Exploring an Emerging Market"

Dates: Monday, April 5 - Thursday, April 8, 2010

During the week of April 5th, 2010, the University of Iowa Center for International Finance & Development (UICIFD), along with other sponsors, will present the following events focusing on India, a dynamic emerging economy.

"Short-term Workshop on Ritual, Culture, and the Environment in South Asia"

Dates: Thursday, April 15 - Saturday, April 17, 2010

During the 2½ day workshop, seven experts on India, including two UI faculty members, will explore how the study of ritual is relevant in contemporary India. All are exciting and responsive speakers who welcome students’ questions and opinions.

Undergraduates interested in Indian history, religion, culture, or environmental studies are particularly invited to participate, but students in any discipline and degree program are welcome. The workshop can be found on ISIS under 039:198: (section 002), “Topics in Asian Studies: Ritual, Culture, and the Environment in India.” Registration will remain open through April 14. To receive academic credit, registrants must attend all sessions, participate in discussions and submit a two-page reflection paper by April 23. Ample time will be given for discussion and student participation, and students will be able to interact with the speakers throughout the event. Funding for the workshop is from the US Department of Education and from International Programs.

All sessions, except for those scheduled for Saturday afternoon (UCC 1100), will take place in the International Commons room 1117, located in the University Capitol Center (located in the Old Capitol Mall). They will commence at 4:00 pm on Thursday April 15, and will continue all day Friday and Saturday April 17 April 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Light breakfast snacks will be served from 8:30-9:00 am on the 16th and 17th and periodically throughout the day. This workshop promises to be an intensive learning opportunity.

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"Rang de Basanti (The Color of Sacrifice)"

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: W151 PBAB
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

"Speaking in Many Voices: How India's Multivocality Shapes Its Foreign Policy"

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Matthew Rudolph; Government Department, Georgetown University

Abstract: As India’s relative power in the world grows, understanding and predicting its future actions in global affairs is much on the mind of merchants, financiers, and development professionals the world over, just as it is much on the minds of policy makers from Washington to Beijing. India is unusual among global powers because its history, culture and plural society give it the ability to speak in many voices. How does this “multivocality” work in global politics?  What does it mean for Indian foreign policy?

Chai and snacks will be served

"Financial Change and Varieties of Asian Capitalism: The Politics of Chinese and Indian Securities Finance Compared"

Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
Presenter: Matthew Rudolph; Government Department, Georgetown University

Abstract: This paper compares the development of securities finance (stocks and bonds) in India and China during the explosive years of global financial change in the 1990s. I evaluate some simple inferences about the causes of variation in these two countries’ patterns of financial change with particular reference to the politics of securities finance. The institutional development of securities finance in the 1990s shaped the choices available to these countries’ leaders regarding the varieties of capitalism and federalism that are today taking shape in China and India.

The paper draws on a larger study of the politics of an increasingly common global trend – the shift toward securities finance. It is a comparative and international political economy study of "securitization".  Here “securitization” refers not to the now well-known sale of tradable claims on sub-prime US housing mortgages, but instead, to the long-term structural shift from credit-based finance (banking) to securities-based finance (stocks and bonds) – using China and India as examples of developmental states in late industrialization. I propose a necessary revision to Gerschenkron’s thesis on finance and state power in late industrialization, accounting for the growing role of securities finance.

Matthew C. J. Rudolph holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at Cornell University (2006). He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University, and has also been a lecturer in Politics at the University of California (Santa Cruz) and a post-doctoral associate at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Under fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Institute of Current World Affairs, he has carried out extensive research in both South Asia and China on comparative political economy, using a qualitative approach that emphasizes political institutions, political elites, and international-based dynamics. He maintains a website:

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

"Rare Earths: Travancore, the Cold War, and the Origins of National Security in India"

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: Itty Abraham; Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Chair, Director, South Asia Institute, Associate Professor, Depts. of Government and Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Travancore, a small princely state in South India that resisted joining the Indian Union in 1947, happened to possess the world¹s largest stock of a rare, radioactive element; hence its political fate became entangled with larger geopolitical strategies and rivalries.

Itty Abraham served as program director for South and Southeast Asia and Global Security and Cooperation at the Social Science Research Council in New York from 1992-2005. His publications include The Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb (1998), three edited volumes, and numerous essays and articles on international relations, science and technology studies, and postcolonial theory.

For more information on this presentation or for special accommodations to attend, please contact Heidi Vekemans, Events Coordinator, UI International Programs, at (319) 335-3862 or

Fall 2010 Lecture Series


These events are sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program, Global Health Studies Program, International Programs and a grant from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

Presenter: Nupur Barua - Amaltas Consulting, New Delhi, India
Topic: “HIV/AIDS in India: Current realities and emerging challenges”
When: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: W128 Chemistry Building
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Presenter: Nupur Barua - Amaltas Consulting, New Delhi, India
Topic:“'It is better to die than to let people know that you have the curse': AIDS-related stigma and treatment seeking behavior among the urban poor in Delhi, India”
When: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: W128 Chemistry Building
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Presenter: Chandrika Kaul - University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Topic: "Communications and the Indian Empire: The British Media and Imperial Control"
When: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
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Presenter: R. Balasubramaniam, MD - Founder-member, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Saragur, India
Topic: “The Hospital in the Jungle: The Vindication of Human Rights for a South Indian Adibasi Community”
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
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Presenter: Shahnaz Khan - Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
Topic:“Native Informing and the Muslim Woman”
When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
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Presenter: Jael Silliman - Ford Foundation (ret.), Kolkata, India
Topic:"Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and New Initiatives"
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 2520D University Capitol Centre
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Presenter: Kathleen O'Reilly - Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Topic:"Toward a Political Ecology of Sanitation in Rural India"
When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 315 Phillips Hall
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Presenter: Hans Henrich Hock - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Topic:“Appropriating the Past: Language, Archaeology and Ideology in South Asia and the Diaspora”
When: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 315 Phillips Hall
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Workshop in Natural Disasters and Public Memory in South Asia Oct. 7-9


(152:125: SCA Topics In Global Health)

October 7-9, 2010
International Programs Commons room 1117 (University Capitol Centre)
University of Iowa

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This workshop focuses on a particular phenomenon that occurs in the unfolding of natural disasters in the present: the opening of a new or blank space for representation and narrative after a disaster. Briefly, this is the space arising between those who directly bear the pain of great losses (i.e. the victims or affectees) and the outsiders who opt to spring forward to relieve, reverse, report, interpret and sometimes exploit the punishing blows of a disaster. These outsiders (journalists, researchers, bureaucrats, political representatives and others) can interpose or frame—whether by accident or by design and simply by virtue of their greater resources and power— their own versions of events. Not surprisingly these versions can become the enduring and most widely circulated public memory of events, even to the extent of infiltrating and altering the affectees’ own memories.