The University of Iowa

SASP Seminar Series – Spring 2014

Monday, Feb. 24 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Consuming Gold: Reframing Gender, Property and Aesthetics in Contemporary India
Nilika Mehrotra
, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Jawaharlal Nehru University and
Fulbright Sr. Research Fellow at UC-Berkeley
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Sunday, March 2 – 8:30 at Public Space One in Wesley Foundation, 120 N. Dubuque St.
Lessons in Drag
Kareem Khubchandani

Lessons in Drag explores South Asian popular culture (literature, film, performance) through anecdote, monologues, research interviews, stand-up comedy, and dance. The show raises issues of gender discipline, diasporic nostalgia, film reception, racialization and racism.
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Monday, March 3 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
United Against 377? The Politics of Resistance to India’s Sodomy Law – Panel Discussion
Aniruddha Dutta
, Assistant Professor of GWSS/Asian and Slavic Language & Literature (UI)
Kareem Khubchandani, Doctoral Candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University
Elakshi Kumar, Doctoral Candidate in GWSS at U of Minnesota
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Monday, March 10 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Experiments with Truth: The Contemporary Hindi Historical Film
Corey Creekmur
, Associate Professor of English, Cinema & Comparative Lit, and GWSS (UI)
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Monday, March 31 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Gurus and Overlapping Sovereignties: Informal Justice and Local Development in Rural Karnataka
Aya Ikegame,
Research Associate in Department of Politics and International Studies and Faculty of
Social Sciences at The Open University, UK
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Monday, April 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Recalling Jewish Calcutta : Author and Archivist
Jael Silliman, Feminist Scholar, Activist and Novelist, Kolkata
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Thursday, April 10 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. 2390 UCC
The Positive Deviance Approach to Solving Complex Social Problems: Implications for South Asia
Arvind Singhal, Marston Endowed Professor at U of Texas at El Paso
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Monday, April 21
Saree Conversations (several related events)
Lecture - 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Performance - 5:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Reception - 5:30-6:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Community event with draping presentation - 6:30-8:30 p.m. in 2780 UCC
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Monday, April 28 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Art, literature and translation: a Publisher Explains Why Beautiful Books Continue to Emerge from Kolkata
Naveen Kishore, Editor-Publisher with Seagull Books, Kolkatha
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SASP Seminar Series – Fall 2014

Rebooting Hindu Hymns

Presented by: Hamsa Stainton, assistant professor of Indian religions at University of Kansas
Date: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
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Indian Printmaking: Rediscovery, Revolution and Renewal

Presented by: Waswo X Waswo, painter and photographer
Date: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Art Building West
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"In God's Land"

Film screening and conversation with director Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Date: Monday, Oct. 6
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 2390, University Capitol Centre
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The Urban World: A Case Study in Slum Relocation

Video followed by talk "Ahmedabad: The Past, Present and Future of 'Shock City'"

Presented by: Howard Spodek, Temple University
Date: Monday, Oct. 13  
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 2390
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The Pathology of Texts: S.M. Katre & Indology

Presented by: Pranav Prakash
Date: Monday, Nov. 17
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117

Pranav Prakash is a UI graduate student in Religious Studies. He recently returned from more than a year and a half in Tehran, where he completed an M.A. program in Classical Persian literature. He will speak about the politics of manuscript collections there, and compare it with the seminal stages of similar work he is undertaking in India.

Zoroastrian healing traditions of western India

Presented by: Daniel Sheffield, Princeton University
Date: Monday, Dec. 1
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: UCC 2390