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Monday, February 20, 2012


Asia Society Exhibit


Online exhibit

Delhi has served as a cultural center of North India for more than a
millennium in different incarnations. This exhibition focuses on the 18th
century to the mid-19th century, the crucial period when Delhi moved from
being the heart of the late Mughal Empire to becoming the jewel in the
crown of the British Raj.

The exhibition examines Mughal artistic culture in the 18th and 19th
centuries to highlight the interwoven nature of Mughal, European and
regional patronage networks within which Delhi artists operated.
Approximately 100 objects include works by Delhi-based court artists Nidha
Mal and Chitarman, and less familiar works by artists such as Ghulam
Murtaza Khan, Ghulam Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan. In addition to Mughal
miniatures produced under later emperors -- Muhammad Shah (reigned
1719-1748) up to Bahadur Shah "Zafar" (reigned 1837-1858) -- this
exhibition highlights a selection of Company School paintings produced for
Delhi-based personalities such as William Fraser, James Skinner and Thomas
Metcalfe. Select photography, drawings and decorative arts are also

William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma are guest curators of the exhibition.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Workshop: Transforming your dissertation into a book - October 2012

Workshop: Transforming your dissertation into a book

Sponsored by AIIS and other SA regional organizations

Sponsored by the several organizations devoted to the study of South Asia, this workshop aims to help a select number of recent PhDs re-vision their doctoral dissertations as books. Applications to participate are due by June 15, 2012, emailed to Susan S. Wadley, sswadley@syr.edu. Participants must arrange their own transport to Madison, Wisconsin for the Annual Conference on South Asia in October. The workshop will begin at 7 pm Wednesday evening, Oct. 10, and all participants are expected to be present at this time.

For selection: Required is an email containing a current cv; the dissertation abstract, its table of contents, and its first chapter plus a draft book prospectus. Email to sswadley@syr.edu by midnight on June 15, 2012.

Senior Faculty Participants: Susan S. Wadley (Anthropology, Syracuse), Convener; Geraldine Forbes (History, SUNY Oswego). Joyce Flueckiger (Religion, Emory, Barbara Ramusack (History, Cincinnati); others tba. Our role is to read the materials prior to the meeting and be prepared to intervene and comment, "in the background" primarily, though with key interventions as needed.
Click here to download details.

AIIS Book Prize Competitions for 2012

In order to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) announces the award of two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject, one in the humanities, "The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities" and one in the social sciences, "The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences". Click here to download the details.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Talk: Globalization Lived Locally: Labour in Kerala

"Globalization Lived Locally:
A Labour Geography Perspective on Control, Conflict
and Response among Workers in Kerala "

Neethi P.

Event: Geography Coffee Hour
Day: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: Coffee & Cookies 3:15 pm, Talk 3:30 pm
Place: 445 Blegen Hall

Supported by the labour geography framework, I analyse how spatial practices of labour shape the economic geography of capitalism; by looking into a model not at a global but at a very local scale of organization and showing its effectiveness while confronting social actors organized at global or extra-local scales. Questioning global stereotypes on economic responses to globalization, I argue that labour is actively involved in the very process of globalization and expansion of capital, empirically demonstrating the relevance of this in the globalization literature. I deal with one region - Kerala - and processes in its labour markets, taking the case of apparel workers in an export promoting industrial park.

Neethi P. is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Georgia; PhD Scholar, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, India.

Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Monday, February 13, 2012

Visions of Mughal India - Online exhibit

The Ashmolean Museam, Oxford University, has mounted an exhibition entitled, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin. There is a companion online exhibit to provide a taste of the exhibition on display. It enables visitors to view high-quality, zoomable images as well as browse and search all objects in the exhibition.

This exhibition of Indian paintings will show the collection of the artist Howard Hodgkin in its entirety for the first time. The collection comprises the main types of court painting that flourished during the Mughal period (c.1550-1850), including the refined naturalistic works of the imperial court, the subtle paintings of the Deccani Sultanates, and the bold, vibrant styles of the Rajput kingdoms. Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his schooldays, and has made a personal collection, formed by an artist's eye, which has long been considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. Exhibit homepage

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - February 2012

Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in January 2012. Or click here to download a copy.

BL1225.K382 M36 2012 Mann, Richard D. The rise of Mahasena: the transformation of Skanda-Karttikeya in North India from the Kusana to Gupta empire. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012.
BL1278.54.Y64 2011 Yogi heroes and poets: histories and legends of the Naths. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2011.
BL1515.5.Y3 A43 2010 Avesta Gathas: a comprehensive and comparative study. Varanasi: Academic, Research & Publication Institute, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University: Available at, Sales Dept., Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, 2010.
DS392.G36 S26 2011 Samad, Rafi U. The grandeur of Gandhara: the ancient Buddhist civilization of the Swat, Peshawar, Kabul and Indus valleys. New York: Algora Pub., c2011.
DS395.5.L49 2011 Lewis, David. Bangladesh: politics, economy and civil society. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
DS427.I83 2012 Indo-Muslim cultures in transition. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012.
F1089.7.S54 J64 2011 Johnston, Hugh J. M. Jewels of the Qila: the remarkable story of an Indo-Canadian family. Vancouver: UBC Press, c2011.
G2276.F7 B28 2010 Constituency maps of Bangladesh [cartographic material]. Dhaka: Election Commission Secretariat, 2010.
Flat G2284.C3 K86 2010 Atlas of the city of Calcutta and its environs [cartographic material]. Kolkata: National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, 2010.
GV1693.S75 2011 Srinivasan, Priya. Sweating saris: Indian dance as transnational labor. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.
HN683.5.B73 2011 Bridging the gap: essays on inclusive development and education. New Delhi, India; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE; New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University, 2011.
HN690.Z9 V644 2011 From Seva to cyberspace: the many faces of volunteering in India. New Delhi, India; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE, 2011.
JQ98.A58 G68 2009 Government and politics in South Asia. Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 2009.
LC157.N35 H47 2011 Hertzog, Esther. Patrons of women: literacy projects and gender development in rural Nepal. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011.
Quarto N8195.A4 J36 2011 Jamme, Franck Andre. Tantra song: Tantric painting from Rajasthan. Los Angeles: Siglio, 2011.
Folio ND1010.T33 A4 2011 Tagore, Rabindranath. The last harvest: paintings of Rabindranath Tagore. Ahmedabad: Mapin Pub.; New Delhi: In association with National Gallery of Modern Art; Ocean Township, NJ: Grantha Corp.; [Wappingers Falls, N.Y.]: Antique Collectors' Club [distributor], 2011.
PN1995.65.I4 M44 2011 Mehta, Monika. Censorship and sexuality in Bombay cinema. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.

Don't forget the films!

The list above reflects our low number of new arrivals in January. February's list will be much longer. The short list of books provides the opportunity to remind you of the fact that we also are getting DVDs of films on and from South Asia. These are generally available in the Walter Library Smart Learning Commons and they are all in MNCAT. Several new films are in process and some 70 DVDs are on the way. A small sample of the feature films and documentaries that arrived in 2011 is below.
Bhutto. New York, NY: First Run Features, [2011]
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons DS389.22.B48 B48 2011
Bhopali. New York: Distributed by Cinema Guild, c2011.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons HD7269.C452 B467 2011
The die is caste. Mumbai, India: RKO Moving Media, 2004.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons DS485.B5175 D542 2004
Tanvir ka safarnama = Tanvir's travelogue. Mumbai, India: RKO Moving Media, c2007.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN2888.T36 H33 2007
Woman rebel. Harriman, N.Y.: New Day Films; [New York City, N.Y.]: [Distributed by] HBO Documentary Films, 2011.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons DS495.652.B48 W6 2011

Feature films

Devdas. Calcutta: Angel Video, c2006.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.D48 2006
Dilwale dulhania le jayenge. Bombay: Yashraj Films; Orlando: Prism DVDs, [1998?].
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.D53 1998
Maqbool. New Delhi: Eagle DVD Video, [2010?]
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.2.M373 2005
My name is Khan. Beverly Hills, Calif.: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2010.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.2.M92 2010
Rang de basanti: a generation awakens. Mumbai: Sony BMG Home Entertainment, 2007.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.2.R35 2007
Slumdog millionaire. Beverly Hills, Calif.: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2009.
Walter Library Smart Learning Commons PN1997.2.S565 2009