South Asia Seminar

A partial listing of guest speakers


Fall 2011

Inderpal Grewal, Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

"IAS Memoirs:  Governance and Gender in India after Independence"

Tiffany Hodge, PhD Candidate in West and South Asian Religions, Emory University

"Norms and Narratives:  Locating Religious Orthodoxy in Rural Bangladesh"

Spring 2012

Barbara Metcalf, Professor Emerita of History, University of California, Davis

"Women's Development and Human Improvement: A Muslim Princess Writes a Book in 19th Century India"

Kush Patel, PhD Candidate in Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"Communicating Space:  Framing Communication and Urbanism in Bombay"

Fall 2012

Wendy Doniger, Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago

"The Magic Ring of Memory and Forgetfulness in South Asian Literature and Folklore"

Barbara Ramusack, Professor Emerita of History, University of Cincinnati

"Infant Mortality, Subaltern Medical Women and Madras Municipal Politics after 1916"

Spring 2013

Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor of South Asian Religions, McGill University

"Performing Untenable Pasts:  Aesthetics and Selfhood in Kalavantula Communities of Coastal Andhra, India"

Gary Tubb, Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

"The Sanskrit Thesaurus and What it Can Tell Us"

Fall 2013

Navyug Gill, PhD Candidate in History, Emory University

"A Benevolent Rule?  Revenue and Politics of Measuring in Colonial Panjab"

Jonathan Walz, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Rollins College

"Global India in Antiquity"

Spring 2014

Aftab Jassal, PhD Candidate in West and South Asian Religions, Emory University

"Encountering Krishna Face-to-Face:  Divination and Healing in Garhwal"

Allison Busch, Associate Professor of Hindi/Indian Literature, Columbia University

"Commemoration and Emotion:  Writing History in Early Modern Hindi"

Fall 2014

Cecilia Van Hollen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University

"Birth in the Age of AIDS:  Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India"

Spring 2015

Jenn Ortegren, PhD Candidate in Religion, Emory University

"Dharma, Class and Aspiration: The Shifting Religious Worlds of Urban Rajasthani Women"

Molly Emma Aitken, Associate Professor of Art History, City College of New York

"Love beyond Reach:  Mughal Paintings of Indian Heroines"

Phyllis Granoff, Lex Hinson Professor of World Religions, Yale University

"A Space for Tolerance: Responses to Other Religious Groups in Medieval Indian Literature"

Fall 2015

Phillip Wagoner, Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Weslayan University

"Using Money in Peninsular India, 14th - 17th Centuries"

Navina Haidar, Curator of Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700, Opulence and Fantasy"

Jonathan Loar, PhD Candidate in Religion, Emory University

"Encounters between Shirdi Sai Baba and Brahmims in Hagiographic Text and Film"

Spring 2016

V. Narayana Rao, Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History, MESAS Department, Emory University

and Harshita Kamath, Visiting Research Scholar in Religion, Middlebury College

"Translating across Culture: Challenges and Chances"

Francis Robinson, Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London

"How Maulana Jamal Mian became Pakistani"

Fall 2016

Bhrigupati Singh, Assistant Professor Anthropology, Brown University

"Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India"

Anne Murphy, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

"Writing Punjabi across Borders"

Benjamin Cohen, Professor of History, University of Utah

"The Shape of Water in India's Deccan"

Spring 2017

Sonya Quintanilla, Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

"Stories within Stories through Paintings from Mughal India"

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles

"In a Glass Darkly: Jesuit Advice for a Mughal Prince"

Fall 2017

Rabindranath Goswami and Ramchandra Pandit, Visiting Artists from India

"Hindustani Music Performance with Sitar and Tabla"

V. Narayana Rao, Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History, Emory University

and Scott Kugle, Professor of South Asian and Islamic Studies, Emory University

"Bhakti and Sufi Interactions in South Asia"

Regula Qureshi, Emeritus Professor, University of Alberta

"Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Feudal Ritual to Global Challenge"

Spring 2018

Philip Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, University of Iowa

"Why is Rama Still (All) Around?"

Summar Shoaib, PhD Candidate in Religion, Emory University

"Modeling Exemplary Behavior: Womanhood and Performing Authority in a Sufi Transnational Organization"

Pak Midiyanto, University of California at Berkeley, Music Department

and James Hoesterey, Assistant Professor of Religion, Emory University

"Puppet Masters: Wayang Kulit and the Ramayana Epic in Indonesia"