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Current Speakers

Spring 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Kathryn March, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Tragedy, inequity and the paradoxes of “resilience” in community response to the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Sudipta Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University
"Living High": The science of adaption to high altitudes in populations from Peru and Northeast India  
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Dimitar Gueorguiev, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University
String of Pearls: Chinese Foreign Policy in South and Southeast Asia
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Parvathy Binoy, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Syracuse University
We are Living and Fighting A Toxic Commons
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Ramnarayan Rawat, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delaware
A Dalit Lexicon of Liberty and Equality in Twentieth-Century Northern India
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Srimati Basu, Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
Trouble with Marriage: Feminist Legal Reform, Violence and Backlash
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hayden Kantor, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Masculine Appetites: Class, Labor, and the Politics of Consumption in Bihar, India
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers

Fall 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Vivek Taneja, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University 
The Afterlife of Islamic Architecture:Ethics, Ecology, and Other Times in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi
During his fieldwork, Taneja often heard stories of people’s dreams of white robed Muslim saints amongst Delhi’s medieval monuments. Visions of saints are conceptualized as coming from an Elsewhere, not from inside the unconscious but from outside the subject. But the persistent connection between these visions and medieval ruins indicates that they are also linked to elsewhen, times other than the contemporary moment. Ruins serve as thresholds of multiple temporality not just in dreams, but also in ritual and cinema. In each of these, ruins have ethical potential, the possibility of transformation for both individuals and  communities.
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers Hall  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Naveeda Khan, Associate Professor, John Hopkins University
Bovine Tales of Global Warming
In her fieldsite of the chars in the River Jamuna in Bangladesh, Khan was alerted to the insistent presence of global warming within everyday life through the suffering of cows. The cows’ reactions to heat were readily evident. They stood limply with their skins sagging heavily, breathing rapidly with their tongues sticking out so as to cool themselves. Through a focus on cows as they traverse chaura households and economies, Khan explores how we can come to an understanding of the particular entanglement of a local ecology with the planetary crisis of warming and climate change.
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers Hall 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Finding Their Place: Social Change and Merasi Identity
For generations, the Merasi of northwest Rajasthan, India have been scorned as "Manganiyars", meaning beggars. Considered "untouchable", they have been denied access to education, healthcare, and political representation. Traditional folk music is the Merasi's only recognized means of social worth and today despite on-going caste prejudice, they persist in their roles as oral genealogists, storytellers, and musicians. With the assistance of two non-governmental organizations, US-based Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR) and India-based Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS) the Merasi envision a tomorrow where they can live in peace and celebrate their heritage with dignity.
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers Hall

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Bhrigupati Singh, Assistant Professor, Brown University
Poverty and the Quest for Life: Somewhere between the Rural and the Urban in South Asia
In this talk the author discusses their recent book Poverty and the Quest for Life (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Set in Shahabad, an area of extreme poverty in rural Rajasthan, and focusing on the Sahariyas, a community of former bonded laborers, this book asks what the terms “aspiration” and “quality of life” might mean within such a milieu. Further, the author describes how some of the concepts and insights from this book move into their current fieldwork in psychiatric clinics in low income “resettlement colonies” in Delhi.
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers Hall

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Stephen Christopher, PhD Candidate, Syracuse University
Tribal Cosmos: Gaddi Modernization in Dharamsala
Based on fieldwork in Dharamsala, India, the densely touristic home of Tibetan refugees, this paper analyzes how the Gaddi, a local tribe, negotiate rapid urbanization and cosmopolitan practices in what was once a small shepherding stopover. Paralleling recent scholarship on the anthropology of affirmative action, Christopher aims to show the impact of reservation politics and development on tribal social organization and sense of selfhood and belonging.
12:30 pm, 341 Eggers Hall