Tufts: 25th Anniversary Conference of the Tufts Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies


Friday, September 26, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, September 27, 2014 (All day)


Tufts Center for South Asian and Indian Ocian Studies

the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Tufts Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies on the 26th and 27th September 2014.

 Please note that NO registration is required. The conference is open to all students, academics and enthusiasts of South Asia.

PARKING: Paid Parking is available  on campus at Dowling Hall Garage (419 Boston Ave., Medford, MA)

 The details of the conference program and venue are as follows,

 DAY 1: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 -  ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School

 Welcome Remarks

4:00pm:                  David Harris, Provost of Tufts University

4:10pm:                  Jim Glaser, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Tufts University

Keynote Lecture

4:30pm:             "Is there Anything Special about South Asian Studies?"

                          Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor,

                          and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard


 Anniversary Address by Founding Director

5:30pm:             "A Sea Change in South Asian Historiography?

                          Reflections on the Last Twenty-Five Years"

                          Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History

                           and Affairs, Harvard University; Member of the 16th Lok  Sabha

 6:30-7:30:           Reception and Anniversary messages

 DAY 2: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 - Cabot 7th Floor, The Fletcher School

 9:00-10:15am:      Panel I: Interventions in South Asian Studies

                             Seema Alavi, Delhi University

                                      'From the Bay of Bengal to the Bosphorous: Muslim networks in the age of Empire'

                             Farina Mir, University of Michigan

                                     'Muslim Ethics and Literature in Colonial India: Writing under the Sign of 'Aklaq'

                             Brian Hatcher, Tufts University

                                     'The Suffering Scholar and the Healing Lord: A Materialist Look at a Sacred Center'

 10:30-11:45am:   Panel II: Persisting Concerns in South Asian Studies

                            Neilesh Bose, St. John's University

                                     'Rethinking Religion Reform in Colonial India: Situating the Brahma Samaj in the History of Religion'

                             Kris Manjapra, Tufts University

                                     "A WInd is Blowing the World Over": Decolonization and Third World Thought in Bengal

                             Sarah Pinto, Tufts University

                                      'Hysteria in India and the Ways Medicine Moves'

1:00-2:15pm:       Panel III: South Asia without Borders

                            Semanti Ghosh, Anandabazar Patrika

                                      'The Rule of 'National' Difference: A Bengal Perspective'

                             S. Akbar Hyder, University of Texas, Austin

                                       'Jupiter, Just Step Away'

                             Sana Aiyer, MIT

                                       'Out of India: Political Homelands and Diasporic Identity'

 Lightning Round

2:15-3:00pm:      Undergraduate Research at the Center

                           Moderated by Sherman Teichman


3:00-3:45pm:      Graduate Research at the Center


Panel IV: Contemporary Challenges facing South Asia

4:00-5:00pm:       Ayesha Jalal, Director of the Center for South Asian

                                and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University

                             Sugata Bose, Harvard University

                             Kris Manjapra, Tufts University