South Asia Center Current Newsletter

Summer 2018

A selection of articles from the current issue of the Current Newsletter is available below. Copies of newsletters dating from 1994-2010 are available by request.

Director's Note

A note from Dr. Carol Babiracki, Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures.

New Face

The South Asia Center welcomes Susan Thomas as an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Education. 

South Asia Center Conducts Outreach to Local Elementary School

During the fall semester, volunteers from the South Asia Center taught Nepali language and culture to 270 elementary school children at the Franklin Elementary school. 

Embodied Belongings Symposium Brings Cutting Edge Queer Research to Campus

On October 5 and 6, the South Asia Center welcomed scholars of gender and sexuality in South Asia to discuss how the field has shifted over time. To further complicate and explore the ways in which ideas of gender and sexu- ality are embodied, we bookended the symposium with artistic performances that examined the theme of queer belonging.

Tea Trails

A book from Dr. Romita Ray, Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair Art and Music Histories.

Notes From the Field: Exploring Narratives at an Ambedkarite University

A brief description of Mallory Hennigar's fieldwork in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Exploring the Complexities of Transnational Migration

We examine the research of Adrienne Atterberry, PhD Candidate in Sociology.

Utilizing Intense Language Immersion to Reach Academic Goals

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive language and cultural immersion program funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Deepali Kulkarni utilized it to study Hindi in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India.

Study Abroad Spotlight: PITT in the Himalayas

Skye Prentice, Public Communications, tells us about her experience studying abroad through PITT in the Himalayas. 

SAC Minor Interns at Folk Arts Rajasthan

In the summer of 2017, Haley Knapp completed a month-long internship in New York City with Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose efforts focus on eradicating illiteracy, fostering community development and celebrating cultural understanding through education and music preservation. 

Urban South Asia Writ Small

Organized by the Cornell–Syracuse South Asia Consortium, the Urban South Asia Writ Small conference drew expertise from the fields of an- thropology, planning, economics, history, art, and religious studies to investi- gate urbanization processes in South Asia’s small cities.

Folk Arts and Oral Traditions of India

A class taught by Dr. Susan Wadley, Professor of Anthropology and Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies.

Faculty Books

Congratulations to our South Asia Center faculty who saw their books released in 2017.

2017 Bharati Scholars

The Bharati Memorial Award is given in honor of Prof. Agehananda Bharati, world-renowned expert in the cultural anthropology of South Asia who taught at Maxwell for over 30 years.

Faculty Updates

A quick update on what the South Asia Center faculty have been up to. 

2017 - 2018 FLAS Recipients in Hindi-Urdu

The faces behind this year's FLAS recipients in Hindi-Urdu.