The University of Iowa

UI alum Aaron Sinift, creator of the 5 Year Plan
Thursday, February 28, 2013
5-6:30 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre

Aaron Sinift studied painting, printmaking, and South Asian studies at the University of Iowa (95'), and received an MFA in painting at Boston University (02'). He produced the 5 Year Plan in collaboration with Gandhi Ashram spinning and weaving collectives in India and 26 artists from 7 countries.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Book, the School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs.

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UICB Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book
Mini Symposium on Islamic Papermaking and Calligraphy

Fri, March 8, 2013
2:30-5:30 p.m.
Art Building West, Auditorium Room 240

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Documentary Activism in India: A Conversation with Anand Patwardhan

Tuesday, March 12
5-7 p.m.
2390 University Capitol Centre

Along with screening clips from a number of his films, Patwardhan will discuss his approach to cinema as political activism and will answer questions from faculty who regularly use his films in teaching, as well as from the general audience. Chai and Indian snacks will be served.

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Racialized transnationalism in the 21st century: Lessons from the experiences of South Asian Americans

Friday, April 12
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre

Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, has published several books, articles, and chapters on racism, gendering, and class formation, as these structures affect highly-educated, racial and religious minority immigrants and their children.

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Lakha Khan
World music concert

Friday, April 26. 2013
4-6 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre

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Lakha Khan of the desert village of Raneri, Jodhpur District, in Rajasthan, India, is an acclaimed maestro of the folk sarangi, an upright bowed lute known for its soul-stirring sound. He belongs to the Manganiyar community, which is both Hindu and Muslim in practice, and has for centuries exceled in Rajasthani traditional and Sufi mystical music, bridging the gap between classical and folk. Lakha sings in Hindi, Sindhi, Marwari, and Punjabi, and will be accompanied by his son, Dane Khan, on dholak (a double-headed drum). A translator will interpret the lyrics.

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“So How Many Languages Are Hindi-Urdu Anyway?"

Friday, May 3, 2013
4 p.m.
University Capitol Centre, Room 2520B

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For almost two centuries, scholars have tried to clarify the relations between two language varieties commonly referred to as “Hindi” and “Urdu,” sometimes lumped together under the hyphenated rubric of “Hindi-Urdu.” This talk will describe the complex of historical, cultural, and political factors that have fed this debate and how these factors have been reflected in grammars, dictionaries, pedagogical materials, and linguistic studies. It will also explore the real-world consequences of these terminological issues, whether in second-language classrooms or in formulating language policies for modern nation states.

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Bhairav se Bhairavi

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Time: 7-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: University Capitol Centre Recital Hall

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Come enjoy a night of North Indian Classical music when Niche Entertainment presents a free concert, “Bhairav se Bhairavi.” Seven brilliant artists from India will be in Iowa City to present Sangeet music through a scripted English narration that is both educational and entertaining. Sangeet transcends beyond the mundane levels of existence to joy, happiness, bliss, and an almost divine meditative state. It is considered as one of the most profound methods for exploring the mind. The program will be an exposition of classical Indian musical tradition based on the eternal cyclical clock of day and night. It commences with raga Bhairav, a morning raga, and concludes with Bhairavi, typically sung at the dawn. More Information

Fall 2013 SASP Seminar Series

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"Trafficked Survivors and Commoditization of Women’s Bodies: A Study in Andhra Pradesh and Manipur, North East India"Thursday, September 5, 4:30-6:00 PM in 302 SH
Presented by: Ajailiu Niumai, Associate Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy and Centre for Women's Studies, Hyderabad Central University (HCU)
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"The Envelope of Global Trade: The Intellectual History and Political Economy of Jute in the Bengal Delta, the 1850s to the 1930s.”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 4:30-6:00 PM in 1117 UCC
Presented by: Tariq Ali, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
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Bhairav se Bhairavi Musical Program
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:00-10:00 PM in UCC Recital Hall
Offered by the UI School of Music with co-sponsorship from the India Association of Iowa City Area (IAICA) and Friends of India Association
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"Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement"
Friday, Sept. 20, 11:30-1:00 PM in UCC 2390
Presented by: Niraja Gopal Jayal, Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
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“Regarding India, Conversations with Artists: Dinesh Khanna, V.Ramesh, Wawo X Waswo”
Thursday, October 3, 5:30-7:00 in ABW 240
Presented by: Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art at University of Connecticut
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“The Indian Novel as an Agent of History”
Tuesday, October 22, 5:00-6:30 PM in 302 SH
Presented by: Chandrahas Choudhury, Novelist, New Delhi
Co-sponsored by the International Writing Program
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"State of Injustice: The Indian State and Poverty"
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:00-6:30 in 2390 UCC
Presented by: John Harriss, Professor of International Studies, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Co-sponsored by the Public Policy Center and UI College of Law Center for Int'l Finance & Development
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“Film Songs about Film Songs: Cultural Memory, Antakshari and ‘Hindustani Sanskriti’”
Monday, Nov. 18, 5:00-6:30 in 2390 UCC
Presented by: Gregory Booth, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Co-sponsored by the UI School of Music
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Notification of additions and changes to the fall schedule will be sent by email. If you wish to join the SASP listserv, please contact Meena Khandelwal at All events listed above are free and open to the public.

India Through Film

Film screenings: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays
109 English-Philosophy Bldg (EPB)

All screenings are free and open to the public.

Please note, however, that they are for a course. If you attend, please come on time, turn off all electronic devices, and do not converse with friends or otherwise disturb the screening. There will be a five-minute break at roughly midpoint of most films.

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