South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2012

conference posterEmergent Voices:
Pakistan in the 21st Century

Friday Sept. 21, 9:00am-4:00pm
AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)

Keynote Lecture by Aamir Mufti
Friday September 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

Saturday Sept. 22, 9:00am-5:30pm
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) 

This workshop brings together recent scholarship on Pakistan from a range of disciplines. The discussion will open up new avenues of dialogue and debate based on themes from urban history, cultural politics, to art and aesthetics and social movements.  While rethinking the dominant paradigm in Pakistan studies, the workshop will introduce new perspectives that showcase the dynamic and changing nature of Pakistani society.

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Asad Ahmed, Harvard University
Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University
Will Glover, University of Michigan
Matthew Hull, University of Michigan
Humeira Iqtidar, Kings College London
Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins University
Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago
Farina Mir, University of Michigan
Aamir Mufti, UCLA
Tahir Naqvi, Trinity University
Sameera Raja, Curator, Canvas Gallery
Nada Raza, Curator, Iniva
Cabeiri Robinson, University of Washington
Sadia Shirazi, Architect and Curator
Karin Zitzewitz, Michigan State University

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Buddhism in South Asia

October 4-5, 2012
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012:


Steven Collins, The University of Chicago, "Theravada Civilization(s) and Pali Practices of the Self (sic)"

Oliver Freiberger, The University of Texas, "A Barely Noticed Event: The Formation of the Sangha in Buddhist Historiography"

Richard Salomon, The University of Washington, "A Newly Identified Bamiyan Manuscript of the Ekottarikagama (Numerically Arranged Sutras) in Gandhari"

Friday October 5th, 2012:


Janice Leoshko, The University of Texas, "What Some Buddhist Images Do Not Tell Us"

Gregory Schopen, Brown University, "On the Fragrance of the Buddha, the Scent of Monuments, and the Odor of Images"

Friday October 5, 1:00-5:00pm
Capitol Room, Edgar A. Smith Building (across from the Blanton Museum) 

Symposium: "Out of Place: Tibet, Travel and Buddhism in the Early 20th Century"

"Locating Tibetan Art: the Ethics and Aesthetics of the Younghusband Mission to Tibet 1903-4" 
Professor Clare Harris, Reader-Curator, School of Anthropology, Oxford University.

"On the Eaves of the World: Reginald Farrer's Expedition to Tibet, 1914-1916" 
Professor Michael Charlesworth, Dept. of Art and Art History, University of Texas.

"A British Husband and a Hindu Wife: Gendun Chopel in India" 
Professor Donald Lopez, Jr., Dept. of Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Michigan.