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


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 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!


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


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:

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

When: June 2nd, 5-8 pm

Geography and International Studies Faculty Stephen Young Wins Incubator Grant for Interdisciplinary Research

Six interdisciplinary research projects that blend place-based scientific inquiry with international expertise have been awarded incubator grants by the International Divisionand the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

These projects focus on Africa, South Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, in fields as diverse as public health, child development, civil engineering, climate science, archaeology, genetics, virology, and environmental studies.

Offered this year for the first time, the grants are aimed at bringing together faculty in STEM fields who are conducting place-based research abroad with experts from regional and area studies centers within IRIS.

Poles apart? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Climate Vulnerability in the Himalayas (Stephen Young, Geography; Tristan L’Ecuyer, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Anne Sophie Daloz, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)

The main objective of this project is to examine the impact of climate change on the behavior of farmers in the Himalayas, while also attempting to understand the impact that migrant youth from the region have on household vulnerability.  According to many reports, climate change will induce major transformations in the landscape over the next few decades. These biophysical changes will clearly interact with socio-economic processes that include changing rural livelihoods and land use strategies.

Read more on the International Division’s website


Lecture: Come to Your Senses! – Sensiotics and Understandings of Art, Culture, and History (Henry Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, Departments of Art History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison)

In this talk, Drewal explores the vital role of the senses with an approach he calls sensiotics. While Drewal focuses on the Yoruba peoples of West Africa and their cultural sensorium, he argues that sensing is constitutive of thinking and that sensiotics can help us understand the shaping of persons, cultures, histories and the arts universally, as suggested in trans-disciplinary research that documents the crucial role of embodied knowledge.

Come to Your Senses! – Sensiotics and Understandings of Art, Culture, and History
Henry Drewal (Evjue-Bascom Professor, Departments of Art History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison)
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 5:30pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140

Lecture: “Reading Bandung”( J. Daniel Elam, Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow)

The Asian-African Conference in Bandung in April 1955 was a major moment in the postcolonial Global South as well as for Afro-Asian solidarity worldwide. It was, I will argue, an incredible moment beyond its state-based political importance. I argue that it is possible to “read” Bandung — the various texts, speeches, and journalistic accounts — as drawing from a particular intellectual history, literary history, and aesthetic history of radical and revolutionary thought. Some of this radical thought invigorated Global South after 1955, but some of it was foreclosed by the end of the conference. By “reading Bandung,” we can grasp a clearer sense of the aesthetic imagination that undergirded the political event.

J. Daniel Elam (Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison)
Tuesday, April 19, 2:30-3:45 pm, Humanities 1121