A younger generation of scholars recently paid tribute to UCLA Professor Emeritus Ismail K. Poonawala at a symposium (“Reflections on Ismaili Studies: Standing on Poonawala’s Shoulders”) organized by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies on May 23, 2013, by presenting new research in a tradition made immeasurably richer by his life’s work as a scholar of Ismaili Shiism.
David Hirsch of the Young Research Library was voted UCLA Librarian of the Year 2013 by his peers. A librarian, linguist and scholar, his work supports scholars throughout the International Institute.
Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey to discuss "The Idea of India" on Sept. 22
The UCLA International Institute expects to award 552 degrees for the 2010/2011 academic year.
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.
The esteemed postcolonial feminist historian's talk this winter, entitled "Once Upon a Time in the Present," proposed an alternate ontological and epistemological orientation.
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.
The London-based literary magazine Granta has dedicated an issue to the writing and art of Pakistan. At a recent campus event, Granta editor John Freeman and CISA faculty members agree that this is no isolated event.
For a few hours each day until Nov. 7, the lamas will follow ancient instructions to transform millions of grains of colorful sand into a four-foot-square Tibetan sand mandala on a table in the Hammer's glass-fronted lobby.