UW-Madison Scholar chosen for 2018 Marshall Scholarship

Phoenix Rice-Johnson was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship this week. Rice-Johnson is among 43 elite students receiving this honor. A former FLAS recipient and Hindi student at UW-Madison, she earned her bachelor’s degree political science and international studies in 2016. Rice-Johnson will begin master’s studies at King’s College London next fall where she plans to pursue research on voting rights and public policy. More…

UW Hosts 2017 Fulbright Pakistan Seminar

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.

46th Annual Conference on South Asia Review

Ayesha Jalal

Urvashi Batalia

Nadini Sundar

Hari Krishnan inDANCE

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!


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.