10/19/09: A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a doctoral program focused on the causes and consequences of inequality in developing countries will advance the study of India at Brown.The program will focus on four countries in the midst of rapid change – Brazil, China, India, and South Africa – with the view that inequality is a major obstacle to sustaining economic development and democratic governance in these societies. Read the rest of this entry »
12/14/09: Brown faculty examined South Asia’s might and fractures–from thriving Bollywood to ethnic strife in Sri Lanka–during a panel on Nov. 18, as part of South Asian Identity Week.
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9/1/09: A new year-long seminar series is being launched by faculty at Brown, Harvard University, and MIT. It aims at filling a long perceived gap in the intellectual discussions of contemporary South Asian politics in the larger Boston-Providence area.
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6/8/10: Young scholars from the developing world, including several scholars from India, arrived at Brown this week to take part in Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI). Now in its second year, BIARI provides a platform for promising young faculty from the Global South and emerging economies to engage in intellectual and policy dialogue with leading scholars in their fields and each other. Read the rest of this entry »
6/8/10: Lina Fruzzetti, professor of anthropology and chair of the Year of India Subcommittee on Culture and the Arts, has been named Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence.
Professor Fruzzetti is a social anthropologist who specializes in kinship, rituals, marriage, and the construction of gender India. She has been teaching at Brown since 1975, and has advised numerous undergraduate and graduate students.
5/17/10: Sriram Subramanian, a graduating senior from Mumbai (Bombay), has won the 2010 “Excellence in South Asian Studies” prize. Subramanian, who concentrated in South Asian Studies, completed a capstone project on “India’s Labor Laws – the Politics of Reform.” Read the rest of this entry »
3/18/10: Much of Pakistan’s political instability can be traced to its contested notions of Islam, argued Farzana Shaikh in the most recent lecture in the South Asian Politics Seminar Series. Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, Shaikh placed Pakistani Islam in a historical perspective, examining how the contested relationship between religion and nationhood has contributed to Pakistan’s unstable position in the geopolitical landscape. Read the rest of this entry »
2/16/10: Brown History Professor Vazira F-Y Zamindar contributes a chapter, “Indian Civilization and its Others: Global Circuits and the Making of Islamic Iconoclasm,” to the forthcoming edited volume, Communalism and Globalization in South Asia and its Diaspora (Routledge, June 2010). Read the rest of this entry »
12/21/09: The novel phenomenon of massive migration from one developing country to another is fundamentally reshaping the concept of citizenship – as these new immigrants acquire illegal documents to participate in national elections before gaining citizenship, according to University of California, Irvine Professor Kamal Sadiq. Read the rest of this entry »
12/9/09: Following the anniversary of the Mumbai attacks, the Indian Express has published an op-ed by Professor Ashutosh Varshney on the relationship between Indian politics and security. Read the rest of this entry »