Upcoming Workshops for International Scholarships

Deadlines are approaching for the Critical Language Scholarship (November 15th) and the Boren Scholarship (December 8th). Workshops have been scheduled for applicants to meet with campus representatives and past participants to discuss application tips, program experiences, and career goals. Food will be provided at both workshops. Please contact Rachel Weiss with questions. 

Please note that the November 1st workshop is focused only on Critical Language and Boren Scholarships.


Wednesday, November 1st, 5-6 PM in 206 Ingraham Hall



Tuesday, November 14th, 12-1 PM in 1418 Van Hise Hall



Four UW-Madison Dissertators Awarded Fulbright-Hays Funding

The prestigious Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award was recently awarded to four UW-Madison students: Nicolle Etchart (Ecuador), Lindsay Ehrisman (Uganda), Alicia Wright (India), and Akshay Sarathi (Tanzania). These awards enable researchers to spend a full year abroad completing field research vital to their dissertations. Learn more about the students and their research here.

2017 South Asian Book Award Ceremony October 18

The 2017 SABA Awardees will be honored with a ceremony and reception at the Michigan Library Association Annual Meeting on October 18 in Lansing, Michigan. The 2017 SABA books will be available for purchase, and authors Mahak Jain, Elly MacKay and Eric Dinerstein will be present to sign books.

Non-MLA members who wish to attend, please contact Kevin King (kevink@kpl.gov) by October 9th.

For more information on the 2017 awardees, click here.

The Memory Project: Faces of Joy exhibit opens

The Memory Project: Faces of Joy exhibit is currently open in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery (Nancy Nicholas Hall). This is a traveling exhibition featuring seventy handmade portraits based on photographs of Syrian children living in refugee camps in Jordan. The Memory Project initiative, based in Middleton, Wisconsin, invites art teachers and students in the United States to create and donate portraits to youths around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Since its founding in 2004, the Memory Project has coordinated production of more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries.

The exhibition is sponsored by the School of Human Ecology with the Memory Project and Open Doors for Refugees, two local advocacy groups engaged in refugee support. Click here for more information, gallery times, and directions.

UW Law Professor publishes new edition on South Asia Law and Identity

Mitra Sharafi

Mitra Sharafi’s LAW AND IDENTITY IN COLONIAL SOUTH ASIA: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772–1947 has now been published in a South Asian edition. It is available in paperback only by Permanent Black and distributed by Orient Blackswan. Originally published in 2014, the South Asian edition was supported in part by matching $2,500 subventions from the Center for South Asia and the American Society for Legal History. Her book won the Law and Society Association’s J. Willard Hurst Prize for socio-legal history in 2015. The book explores the legal culture of the Parsis or Zoroastrians of British India, an ethno-religious minority that was unusually invested in colonial law. Sharafi is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and maintains an active website on South Asian Legal History Resources.

Call for Submissions for 2017-2018 Dissertation Prize

The Institute for South Asia Studies and the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative are delighted to announce the S. S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize for 2017-18. We invite submission of the best Ph.D. dissertation on Pakistan (or the region that is now Pakistan) in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Visual & Fine Arts, Law, and Public Health.

Comparative Ph.D. dissertations will be accepted as long as Pakistan forms at least 50% of the content and the dissertee can make a specific case for the research on Pakistan. Only Ph.D. dissertations submitted at an accredited North American or European Union-based University will be accepted. The prize comes with a $2,500 book subvention. For more submission guidelines and contact information, click here.

Associate Director gives lecture in Melbourne


Lalita du Perron, Associate Director for the Center for South Asia, recently gave a lecture on sexual harassment culture in North India at the Music Research Seminar, co-sponsored by the Monash Asia Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her lecture, “Boys Will Be Boys and Gods Will Be Gods: Krishna, Courtesans, and Coercion,” was attended by many graduate students and faculty.