News and Events

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

Join us at Harvard on Friday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m., to welcome Milan Vaishnav, an associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for his lecture, "Understanding the Changing Indian Voter". -- Friday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. -- Harvard University -- Reception to Follow --

Join the Brown-India Initiative and Sarah Pinto from Tufts University on Friday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m., as she presents her lecture "Beyond Translation: The Story of Hysteria in India". Sarah Pinto is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University with interests in gender, subjectivity, and the social life of medical practice, with a geographical focus on India. -- Friday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. -- McKinney Conference Room -- Reception to Follow --

On Friday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m., join Amit Ahuja from the University of California Santa Barbara as he lectures on "Soldier, God, and the State: Religion in the Armies of India and Pakistan" --- Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics @ MIT -- Reception to follow

A lacerating local triumph or a result of national significance? How should one view the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi’s recent assembly elections?

Join Ruth Vanita, University of Montana, on Tuesday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. as she presents her lecture "Syncretic Erotics: Poetry, Sex and the City in Pre-Colonial Lucknow". Non-mystical Urdu poetry in women's and men's voices, composed in pre-colonial Lucknow, reveals an indigenous modernity that delights in hybridity, mobility, eccentric individuality, and hedonism. | McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute | Reception to follow