News and Events


Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Presents: Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Former Indian National Security Advisor. On Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m., Menon will present on India's National Security Calculus. | Harvard Faculty Club | Reception to follow

The Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics presents: Chandan Gowda, Azim Premji University. He will be presenting his lecture "The Origins of the Developmental State: Colonialism and the Politics of Knowledge in India" on April 17 at 2:00 p.m. | McKinney Conference Room | Reception to follow

The Ivy Film Festival and SASA Presents: Dosa Hunt. Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm. A short film by Amrit Singh, Dosa Hunt features vibrant music-scene favorites—Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri and Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo—on a quest to find NYC’s best-tasting dosa tackling issues of cultural identity on the way. The Q&A will feature director Amrit Singh, produce Zoe Schack and Das Racist’s Dapwell, who will DJ as part of the festival.

Join us on Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m., to welcome Amit Chaudhuri, Novelist & Literary Professor at the University of East Anglia. He will give a lecture titled "Odysseus, Bedsits, and Lamb Curry: A Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri". -- McKinney Conference Room -- Reception to follow

Join the Brown-India Initiative Faculty Fellows on Friday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. for their presentations. Reception to Follow. — Rose McDermott & Michael Dickerson, Political Science: Attitudes toward gender inequality in India: Evidence from embedded experiments — Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Economics: Who Benefits from a Better Public Distribution System? Evidence from Urban Punjab. — Birkelund Board Room —

Join us for a two day conference titled "Border Dialogues" from Friday to Saturday (April 3-4) at the Joukowsky Forum. Hosted by South Asian Studies graduate student. -- Borders are often imagined as static lines on maps that do not change. However, recent scholarship on South Asia has problematized this conception of borders as static objects and unquestioned boundaries. Building on this body of scholarship, Brown University is hosting a year-long series in 2014-2015 titled “In Dialogue With Borders: Critical Conversations on Violence, Citizenship, and Sovereignty in Modern ‘South Asia,’” which will engage with the dynamic and evolving conceptions of borders on the subcontinent.

Join Bhrigupati Singh, Assistant Professor of anthropology, on Friday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m., for a Book Adda and Art Show featuring his book "Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India", which studies the Sahariyas, former bonded laborers and officially classified as Rajasthan's only "primitive tribe" | Joukowsky Forum | Reception to follow

On March 21, 2015 Professor of Anthropology Bhrigupati Singh received the 2015 Elder Prize for his first book!

Join the Literary Arts department, co-sponsored by the Brown-India Initiative, on March 27 to welcome Bangalore-based artists Sharbani Das Gupta and Ashwini Bhat. Das Gupta and Bhat are ceramic artists who have showcased their art in various countries and will, from March 24 - March 28, have their art showcased in the AS220 Aborn Gallery. There will be a public reception on Friday, March 27, from 5:00-7:00 pm. -- March 25 - 27, 2015 -- AS220 Aborn Gallery on 95 Empire Street --

Join the Brown-India Initiative on Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Joukowsky Forum to a Book Adda featuring Leela Gandhi's The Common Cause. | Europeans and Americans tend to hold the opinion that democracy is a uniquely Western inheritance, but in "The Common Cause", Leela Gandhi recovers stories of an alternate version, describing a transnational history of democracy in the first half of the twentieth century through the lens of ethics in the broad sense of disciplined self-fashioning. | Reception to follow