Professor Akhil Gupta gives back to his home country through research that he hopes will improve life and economic development.
Congratulations to Dr. Tariq Thachil, recipient of the 2010 Sardar Patel Award, for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India.
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, who holds the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History and is founding director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, received a fellowship to support his research on French perceptions of Asian culture.
Watch video of CISA Director Sanjay Subrahmanyam delivering Vanderbilt University's annual Byrn Lecture on April 6. The Byrn Lecture is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Department of History.
The esteemed postcolonial feminist historian's talk this winter, entitled "Once Upon a Time in the Present," proposed an alternate ontological and epistemological orientation.
Possibly the best-dressed scholarly meeting of the season, "Textiles as Treasures" looked at the place of fabrics in the lives and the industry of nomadic and urban Central Asian cultures over centuries. The March 5 conference was organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia; a day-long program on the music of the region is planned for April 1.
The Summer High School Language Program is geared toward students who speak one of the offered languages at home and want to improve their writing and reading skills.
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
On her International Institute dissertation fieldwork grant, ethnomusicology graduate student Chloe Coventry traveled to Bangalore, in the south Indian state of Karnataka, to study the city's local rock music.
Featuring Gurcharan Das
Best-selling author, Management Guru and Former CEO, Procter & Gamble India.
Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry has an idea that could change the world. The bank accounts he proposes would provide an incentive to register births and a way to save money for children. In the wake of a natural disaster or emergency, governments and charitable and relief organizations could transfer money electronically to those in need in the most efficient way possible.
Saloni Mathur, a UCLA art historian, reconsiders the career of Amrita Sher-Gil with reference to Gauguin and Van Gogh, putting modernist painting in a global frame.
"Afghanistan in Ink: Literatures of Nation, War, and Exile" focused on works written or recorded in the tumult of the past three decades. Audio podcasts of conference presentations are now available.