South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2011 South Asia Seminar Series

Thu, September 22, 2011

Thu, October 13th in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) 3:30-5pm

Naiza Khan "The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan over the last decade"

Naiza Khan was educated at Somerville College, Oxford University studying at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Over the span of her career she has immersed herself in an art historical language that is rich and uncompromising, focusing on observations of gender and its political manifestations.  Her interest in possible interventions into public and urban space has led her into a long-term investigation of Manora Island, just off the coast of Karachi.


Thu, October 27th in GEB 3.312 lecture and Friday, October 28th film screening in ACE 2.302. 

Bangladeshi Filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain will give a lecture and film screening with actor Omar Rahim in attendance. 

Hossain is an interdisciplinary researcher. She has completed her B. A. in Women Studies from Smith College, USA, M. A. in South Asian Studies fromUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA, and M. A. in Study of Religion (Islam) from SOAS (University of London), UK. Her primary fields of interest are Sufism, Bengali nationalism, formation of Bengali modernity and its correlation with female sexuality. Rubaiyat Hossain has worked for prominent women’s rights NGOs in Bangladesh such as Ain O Shalish Kendra and Naripokkho. Rubaiyat Hossain was the co-coordinator for the first international workshop on Sexuality and Rights organized by BRAC School of Public Health in 2007. She has worked as a part time lecturer in the department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2006.

An alumnus of MacArthur Award-winning Susan Marshall and Company, Omar Rahim has performed internationally at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theatre in New York and the Edinburgh Festival. His choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop in New York, NY, at Wesleyan University and at the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. In 2002, Omar assisted Mary-Ann Kellogg, choreographer of the Hollywood film, the Guru, and had a cameo as the Indian Prince.  Omar has choreographed dances for the prestigious stage and television Lux Style Awards shows in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002, 2003, and 2006.  In 2008, Omar choreographed and featured in Saqib Malik’s acclaimed music video for Zeb and Haniya’s Aitebar and choreographed Bossy R, a music video for Sesame Workshop in New York with five-time Emmy-nominated Director Koyalee Chanda.


Thu, November 3rd in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) 3:30-5pm

CANCELLED: Book Launch: Stages of Life: Indian Theatre Autobiographies by Kathryn Hansen

Discussants; Rupert Snell, Lalitha Gopalan and Cynthia Talbot

Kathryn Hansen has authored Grounds for Play: The Nautanki Theatre of North India, translated The Parsi Theatre: Its Origins and Development, and co-edited A Wilderness of Possibilities: Urdu Studies in Transnational Perspective. Having taught at the University of British Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Rutgers University, she is now Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


Fri, November 11th in Gebauer (GEB 3.312) 3:30-5pm

Book Launch: Tamil Love Poetry: The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ainkurunuru By Martha Selby

Discussant: Lawrence Cohen, UC Berkeley (Anthropology)

Martha Selby is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and an NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center. She is the author of Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India and A Circle of Six Seasons: A Selection from Old Tamil, Prakrit, and Sanskrit Verse and the coeditor of Tamil Geographies: Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India.


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