The Annual Conference on South Asia recently launched a new website. Our new design includes a “Deadlines At a Glance,” complete with submission guidelines and registration information as well as a redesigned contact information form. Among the many new features is the digital archive, created by our Conference Coordinator. Programs from previous years can be viewed online or downloaded for your reference. Look for additional announcements coming soon about the 47th Annual Conference, scheduled for October 11-13, 2018.
November 2-5 marked the second year for UW-Madison and the Center for South Asia to host the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Enrichment Seminar. 150 Pakistani graduate students gathered in Madison for seminars on leadership, academic strategies, activism, politics, and networking. Between seminars, the students enjoyed tours of local Madison attractions and even had the opportunity to visit the Farmer’s Market.
Special guest speakers included Faisal Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan; Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State; Stephanie Reed, Fulbright Program Officer at the U.S. Department of State; Rita Akhtar, Executive Director, U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan; and Joseph Elder, UW Professor Emeritus; Richard Keller, Associate Dean of the International Division at UW; and Lalita du Perron, Program Director, Fulbright Pakistan Orientation Seminar.
On October 26-28th, the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia was held at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Madison College. We are proud to announce this year’s conference was the largest yet with approximately 900 participants. The 2017 conference featured an open theme, resulting in a wide variety of interesting panels, film screenings, and preconference topics – Film Studies, Performance and Performativity, Religion, Colonialism and Decolonization, Literature and Print Culture, Politics, Queer Studies, Gender Studies, Regional Studies, Identity Politics, Environmental Studies, and Language.
The Keynote Address by Ayesha Jalal, Plenary Addresses by Urvashi Butalia and Nandini Sundar, and Hari Krishnan’s inDANCE performance were all highlights of the weekend and beautifully upheld the academic ideals of the conference.
Already thinking about the 2018 conference? Watch this space for details and deadlines as well as exciting announcements in the coming weeks, including the launch of our new website!
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
Friday, October 20th at 6:30 PM in Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 2255. The Pakistani Students Association is hosting a speaker event with Ali Ahsan, former UW graduate and co-founder of mangobaaz, who will give a talk about news media in Pakistan. This event is open to the public. Snacks will be served.
On Friday, October 13, Poonam Rao of Celebration Arts and UW Urdu Instructor Gwen Kirk joined CSA Associate Director Lalita du Perron at the Goodman South Madison Library for an evening of book readings in Urdu and English, henna art, and Indian food.
This event was sponsored by the Capital Times and the Center for South Asia.
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 (email@example.com) by October 9th.
For more information on the 2017 awardees, click here.
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.