Fall 2016 Annual News Report

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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

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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.

Focus on India

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UW-Madison’s International Division and Center for South Asia have partnered to bring you “Focus on India,” a semester-long program highlighting, encouraging, and catalyzing the current and potential collaborative work being done between UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students and Indian institutions and individuals. The Kickoff Reception will be on Thursday, September 22 from 5:00-7:00PM at the University Club at 803 State St. on Library Mall. If you have any questions about this event or about Focus on India, please contact Anjali Sridharan at asridhar@international.wisc.edu or (608) 263-1392, otherwise please RSVP by September 15 via the evite so that we can welcome you on that date.

Read more about the initiative online

South Asia Book Awards Winners Announced

The SABA award committee is delighted to announce our highly committed titles for 2016!

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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Crane Boy by Diana Cohn, illustrated by Youme (Cinco Puntos Press)

My Friend is Hindu by Khadija Ejaz (Purple Toad Publishing)

Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth, illustrations by Yoshiko Jaeggi (Peacetree Publishers)

Visit the SABA website for more information!

 

3rd Annual South Madison International Community Night

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On June 2nd, 5-8 pm, at Villager Mall (2234 S. Park Street), the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium at UW-Madison, in collaboration with the UW-Madison South Madison Partnership office, and the Urban League of Greater Madison, is pleased to bring you this annual, family-friendly, internationally-focused community event. South Madison International Community Night will showcase four performances, community-sponsored activity tables, and a variety of information booths. Madison’s “Let’s Eat Out,” coalition of independently-owned food carts, will provide a number of international food options.

Events will include perfromances by Tani Diakite & DanzTrad:

Tani Diakite is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n’goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop
the deepest blues around. 

DanzTrad: Danza Tradicional Mexicana will perform passionate versions of traditional Mexican folk dances, promoting the fusion of cultures, music, and traditions of Mexico.

Check out the article below on last year’s South Madison International Community Night: http://news.wisc.edu/south-madison-international-community-night/

For more information about the event, contact Rachel Weiss at rweiss@southasia.wisc.edu or call (608) 262-9224. See the event page on Facebook here

When: June 2nd, 5-8 pm
Where
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/117361378677754/