Read the whole article by Hannah E. Haegland and Reema Verma on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists here. Hannah is a South Asia MA alum (class of 2015), now working at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.
MA South Asian Studies (2013) graduate Sarah Ahmed won the best MA Paper Award at the University of Oregon, where she is currently completing her phD in the department of Sociology. Professor Aaron Gullickson, Associate Professor in the department of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies , discusses Sarah’s paper:“Before discussing Sarah’s excellent paper, let me just say that this was a particularly difficult year for the committee because of the quality of MA papers we were reading. Although the committee ultimately agreed unanimously on Sarah’s paper as the award winner, this occurred only after a lively and rich discussion in which the committee fairly rigorously self-evaluated what we mean by “best” in a discipline with such substantive and methodological breadth. We were very impressed by all of the papers we read.Sarah’s paper stood out for its novelty, the depth of its theoretical insight, and frankly the bravery required to undertake such a project. In particular, the committee was impressed by the way in which Sarah tied macro-level processes of state legitimacy to the micro-level experience of gender inequality and women’s agency in rural villages. The paper promises to contribute to a lively and consequential debate on development, globalization, and gender. The full abstract is below:Under what conditions does external pressure on Pakistan’s government result in policy change pertaining to women? And, specifically, how do policy changes maneuver through the regime and informal, quasi-juridical Islamic courts in rural Pakistan to impact, if at all, women’s agency? This study engages historically specific process in Pakistan to examine how macro structural developments influence micro relationships in rural areas, specifically in women’s agency. Using field data gathered in 2015, this paper contends that the Pakistani state has been confronted with a dual […]
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We’re excited to share highlights from 2016 with you:
The South Asia Center hosted two teacher workshops on The Ramayana and Other Tales, helping 20 K-12 school teachers enrich their curriculums and bring a unique experience into the classroom.
The Seattle South Asian Film Festival came to life on campus with a symposium and film screenings. It featured screenings of documentaries and feature films, as well as discussions among film makers, professors and the public.
We continued to provide academic excellence through new courses on environmental issues in Nepal, the history and philosophy of yoga, and the challenges facing South Asian cities. Students and faculty engaged with scholars and experts on South Asia from universities around the world.
On the 30th of November, the sound of the sarod and the tabla graced Brechemin Auditorium at the University of Seattle as a group of musicians got together to sing and celebrate the musical legacy of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Bengali polymath visited Seattle in the autumn of 1916, his first stop on a tour of America.
The event began with an introduction to Tagore and his work by visual artist and writer Donald Fels, followed by sound artist and composer Robert Millis playing two records of Tagore reading his own poetry.
The stage was then given over to the group of talented musicians whose dulcet tunes and rapturous ragas enlivened the night. On the sarod was Raja Ray, and Deepashri Joglekar was behind the harmonium, while Shailendra Upadhye’s tabla struck magic throughout the concert.
The program began with ‘Aamar Mukti Aaloy Aaloy’ sung by the musicians as a group in a beautifully lilting Kedar. Saswati Pal followed with raag Bihag, singing ‘Aami Keboli Swapono Korechhi Bapono.’ Next up, Anandamoy Bhattacharya sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Godhuli Gagone Meghe’ in a blend of raga Kedar and Chayant. Swati Banerjee next sung ‘Aaji e Anandasandhya’ in raag Purvi, followed by ‘E Ki Labonye Purno Praano’ by Siddharta Pal in raag Mahishuri. Deepa Banerjee then captivated us with a stunning Yaman, singing ‘Dnaariye Aachho Tumi…’ The virtuosos then regrouped for a final group performance, ending with a touching raag Desh rendition of ‘Eso Shyamalo Sundaro.’ The concert ended in much-deserved applause, with post-performance pictures and tete-a-tete that was as joyous as the music that graced the night.
The electricity sector in India is starting to deploy smart grid technologies with the hope that they will play a central role in strengthening this sector so it can provide the clean, quality power the country needs to meet developmental, environmental, and political goals. Smart grids are equipped with information and communication technology (ICT) that helps to improve operational efficiency, but ICT also introduces cybersecurity vulnerabilities…