This Week's Top Stories
October 2, 2020
We're introducing our 2020-2021 Visiting Artist Fellows: 13 artists will join us this fall from numerous countries across South Asia. They'll attend a series of online virtual seminars curated for them to support their artistic practice, delving into art history, creative writing, urban design, and more.
In our upcoming event during Harvard Worldwide Week, “Khusrau’s River of Love: Cosmopolitanism and Inclusion in South Asian Traditions,” watch performances from noted artists Ali Sethi and Himanshu Bajpai, interspersed with commentary by Professor Ali Asani at Harvard University.
"Institutions are increasingly being held responsible for their roles within hegemonic systems," says Divya Saraf, MDS '21. Her recent investigation into museum archives exposes the effects of the "Company Painting" style of the 18th and 19th centuries in the Indian subcontinent, uncovering curatorial practices that obscure the true narratives of these works.
Upcoming Events
TOMORROW, October 3, 10:30 AM EST
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The second session of our Extreme Urbanism series will explore the history and traditions of architecture and urbanism in Afghanistan. Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, these talks explore topics from building traditions to infrastructure in relation to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. 
Wednesday, October 7, 10:30 AM EST
COVID-19 has claimed many lives in the world. It has also caused catastrophic economic, social, and psychological costs that have far-reaching implications on human welfare. This session examines the effects of COVID-19 on the economy of China, the first country hit by COVID-19 and the first major economy that is gradually re-opening.
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 AM EST
Harvard Worldwide Week:
As part of Harvard’s Worldwide Week, Ali Sethi, singer and writer, and Himanshu Bajpai, Dastango, writer, and journalist, will perform and recite traditional qissas and qawwalis that highlight South Asia’s tradition of inclusivity in an event chaired by Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.
Latest Announcements
Deadline to Apply: Friday, October 16, 2020
We're now accepting applications for our winter grants to virtually research, intern, or perform a language study on topics about South Asia! Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Contact Selmon Rafey,, with any questions.
TODAY, October 2, 1:00–4:00 PM EST
Join the Mittal Institute and other international centers at this year’s virtual international opportunities fair. Register via the link above and join us to hear about the various international opportunities that are available to Harvard students.
Deadline to Apply: Saturday, October 3, 11:59 PM EST
The Harvard India Conference is hosted jointly by students from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and brings together government officials, business leaders, academics, artists, and others to discuss problems, solutions, and opportunities in India's development. The group is inviting applications for various positions on its organizing committee. Click above to apply.