April 14, 2017

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Artist, musician and Harvard PhD candidate Rajna Swaminathan reflects on the 2017 SAI Mahindra Lecture, delivered by the great Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna, and subsequent conversation with Professors Homi Bhabha and Vijay Iyer.
We have embarked on a major research project to understand the history, context and continuing impact of Partition, as its 70th anniversary approaches. Tarun Khanna looks ahead to new research.

The four fellows, selected from over 52 applicants, earned their PhDs in different fields from different institutes in India, but all now share the unique experience of spending 11 months pursuing research in a completely new direction at Harvard.

Upcoming Events
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Sat April 15, 2017, 8:30 am - 5:00pm, HGSE
South Asia ConnectED is the first ever South Asia-centric education conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Explore catalyzing for scale in education policy, social change and education technology with leaders from South Asia. 

Sat, April 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, HGSE
Explore design thinking through the lens of an educator: Sanjli Gidwaney, Director, Design For Change, USA.

April 15-16, Sever Hall
Harvard Pakistan Forum aims to provide a platform for students, academics, practitioners, and community members to engage in dialogue and debate on Pakistan's past, present and future.

Mon, April 17, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm
Suman Bery will present some of the results and larger ideas of a  joint study  conducted by Shell and various Indian think tanks about potential scenarios for India's energy future. He will discuss India's energy mix, constraints and possibilities on its evolution, and some tools India has to pursue different energy strategies over the next 20 to 30 years.

In the last several decades, the historiography of South Asia has grappled with the prevalence of circulation and mobility in the past, overturning long-held notions of South Asia as a static society prior to colonial intervention, and developed increasingly nuanced analyses of global connections. The production of itinerant subjectivities, the making of new forms of sovereign power, and the creation of a modern, centralizing state are historical dynamics that all call for a re-examination of empire and space. This panel explores these and related issues through forms of boundary making and mobility.

Thu, April 20, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm
South Asia has the largest number of children who do not have birth certificates. As biometric identification programs (e.g. Aadhaar in India, NADRA in Pakistan) expand, many countries continue to have weak birth registration systems, denying children access to legal identity. This talk examines the unequal distribution of birth certificates and identification documents within each country in South Asia, and whether biometric identification programs could weaken, complement or improve birth registration systems.
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SAI is looking for a Harvard student intern to assist 5 hours/week with the 1947 Partition oral stories project. Please email meena_hewett@harvard.edu for more information. 

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