UW-Madison Anthropology alum Michael Youngblood Publishes “Cultivating Community: Interest, Identity, and Ambiguity in an Indian Social Mobilization”


In Cultivating Community, anthropologist Michael Youngblood explores the creation of political meaning and the construction of collective identity in an agrarian social movement in western India. The book’s core questions are fundamental to understanding mass movements anywhere: Where do movement ideologies come from and what makes them compelling? What motivates diverse groups of ordinary people to rise together in common cause? How can we make sense of individual actors when their participation appears irrational and against their own interests? 

2016 South Asia Book Award Ceremony

Please join us for the 2016 South Asia Book Award Celebrations!!


Friday, December 2, 2016
2016 Award Celebration and Presentations
Providence Community Center
3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us as we honor the achievements of award authors:

  • Mitali Perkins (Tiger Boy)
  • Mathangi Subramanian (Dear Mrs. Naidu)
    and highly commended author:
  • Khadija Ejaz (My Friend is Hindu)

This event is free and open to the public! See information below about directions to the award venue!

Visit the website for more information.

Spring 2017 Continuing Ed Online Course: Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature

This course examines recently published books that reflect stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre K through high school. Due to the growing number of books published on this unique region; and the growing number of patrons in our libraries and schools seeking materials that reflect their heritage, this course will offer tools to plan specialized programing and collection development to fulfill this need.

Instructors: Svetha Hetzler is the director of the Sun Prairie (WI) Public Library and has served as the chair of the South Asia Book Award (SABA) committee. Rachel Weiss is the student services coordinator at the UW-Madison Asian Languages and Culture department and the founder of SABA. The course begins February 27 and ends on March 24, 2017.

For more information:


To register:

ONLINE – Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature

UW Madison Graduate Piyali Bhattacharya publishes “Good Girls Marry Doctors”


We are pleased to announce that Piyali Bhattacharya, recent graduate from UW-Madison’s MFA program, will be reading from her new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. The book launch and discussion will take place this Thursday, October 20th at 7pm at the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Ave.) Please note that this event coincides with the Annual Conference on South Asia, though it is not part of it.

To learn more about the book and the author, visit the website. You can also read an interview with the author on NBC News.

UW-Madison Students Create Hindi-Urdu Language Association

UW-Madison language students have come together to create the Hindi-Urdu Language Association (HULA).The mission of HULA is to provide students interested in Hindi/Urdu with opportunities to speak and learn about the language, as well as opportunities to connect with other students. These goals are met through biweekly language tables, and through events such as movie screenings that develop appreciation for the language and surrounding culture of Hindi/Urdu. The organization is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about upcoming events, contact Elizabeth Thill or visit the HULA facebook page


Fall 2016 Annual News Report


The Fall 2016 Annual News Report is out! We, at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for South Asia, would like to welcome you to this issue of our newsletter. We hope it provides an opportunity to learn more about our current activities and initiatives. View the pdf version of the newsletter here.

Bhopal: Law, Accidents, and Disasters in India–A Digital Archive

On Oct.19, the UW Law School will host a special half-day event for the launch of its new online archive, “Bhopal: Law, Accidents, and Disasters in India–A Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter.” The day will feature a keynote lecture by Prof. Jayanth Krishnan (Indiana University) on the contributions of Marc Galanter to legal studies scholarship on India, and a panel on “Law and Accidents in South Asia,” featuring Maryam Khan (IDEAS, Pakistan), Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Chaumtoli Huq (attorney and founder of Law@theMargins). The preliminary program is available online.  

UW-Madison Welcomes Artist in Residence Meeta Mastani

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute (presenter), the Department of Art History (host) and co-sponsors Art Department, Design Studies Department, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Center for South Asia welcome Meeta Mastani as the Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence for the Fall 2016 semester. Professor Henry Drewal, Department of Art History, is the lead faculty for this residency.
The UW–Madison Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program brings innovative artists to campus to teach semester-long, interdepartmental courses and to publicly present their work for campus and community audiences.
Meeta Mastani (Meeta is her preferred and first name) is an internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist and community development advocate. For the last 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of sustainable development, culture, craft, design, arts and retail, helping to generate livelihoods for marginalized individuals and communities. She is the co-founder of Bindaas Unlimited, a sustainable, fair trade textile and craft business. Her work was recently shown in the exhibition “The Fabric of India” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  
During her residency at UW–Madison, Meeta will teach “Tactile Textiles – From 2D to 3D” to give students an opportunity to learn about the art of painting, printing and dyeing in non-toxic colors along with learning about the global artistry of draping and ancient craft traditions in South Asia. Her students and campus collaborators will present an inter-disciplinary installation and performance at the end of the semester. There will also be guest artists speaking at public events and working with students throughout the semester. To read more about Meeta and her work and to see a list of scheduled public events, please visit the website

Center for South Asia Selected to host Fulbright Pakistan Seminar

The Center for South Asia has been selected to host Fulbright Pakistan’s Fall entry seminar. This November, CSA will host over 160 masters and doctoral students before they depart to their respective campuses across the US. Their stay will include cultural excursions in and around the Madison area, as well as academic seminars and discussions on social movements in the US.