South Asia Alumna Hannah Haegeland has contributed a new piece to National Interest regarding Nepal’s constitutional crisis and geopolitical concerns.
Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia
Author: Manish Chanala, and Jeffrey Hou
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Summary: Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy which often challenge understanding and appreciation. With a cross-disciplinary group of authors, Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban formality and the contexts in which this “messiness” emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.
About the Author
Manish Chalana is associate professor of urban design and planning at the University of Washington. His work focuses on urban design, urban history, historic preservation, and international planning and development.
Jeffrey Hou is professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary City.
Joyojeet Pal on “Accessibility Infrastructure and the Transition to Touchscreens: Evidence from Bangalore, India”
Video from recent event: “Joyojeet Pal on “Accessibility Infrastructure and the Transition to Touchscreens: Evidence from Bangalore, India”
Recent increases in access to smartphones has dramatically altered the accessibility landscape for people with visual impairments in parts of the Global South, where accessible technologies have historically been scarce. Examining ongoing transitions from button-based feature phones to devices with touchscreen interfaces in Bangalore, India, we explore the concept of an accessibility infrastructure that includes a broader set of factors that enable or inhibit the functional use of accessible technologies. We argue that the functional use of these technologies is difficult, if not impossible to extract from the larger social context in which they operate. Through the lens of social infrastructure for technology adoption – such as networks of users and technical support ecologies, we discuss ways in which touchscreens have changed the public participation of people with disabilities in important ways. On the flip side, we look at ways in which the same infrastructures can be barriers to the devices being used to their full potential.
Joyojeet Pal is an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His work focuses on social studies of accessibility in low- and middle-income countries, specifically in-depth qualitative examinations of access to technology and its impact on social inclusion. Some of his recent work has examined the use of social media in political action in India. He is the producer and researcher of the award-winning documentary “For the Love of a Man.”
Registration for fall quarter is the time to start your future by signing up for South Asian language courses! There are great opportunities to learn Bengali (more than 200 million speakers), Hindi (almost 500 million speakers), Urdu (99 million speakers), and Sanskrit.
Registration opens May 6th!
Studying South Asian languages also opens up opportunities to study abroad during summer or the academic year, and can make you eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, which can help fund your education.
The UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers courses from beginning to advanced level in all the languages mentioned above.
See our South Asian languages page for videos and more details.
UW announces a special opportunity to apply to the South Asian Studies Master’s Degree Program for autumn, 2016 admission. The application deadline is June 1, 2016.
- First, the excellence and breadth of our faculty and the interdisciplinarity of our program. In addition to graduate courses and intensive language training (Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Persian) the South Asia Center hosts seminars, conferences, and cultural events throughout the year to promote interdisciplinary discussion and debate amongst faculty and students.
- Second, our commitment to building a sense of community and purpose among faculty, staff and students. Both inside and outside of the classroom, we strive to foster a sense of collegiality, friendliness, and shared purpose at UW.
- Finally, the vitality of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. The city and its surroundings offer an enormous wealth of cultural activities and opportunities to engage with NGOs; a large, diverse, and active South Asian community; and one of America’s fastest growing metropolitan economies.
- Start your application here. (go to “Begin Online Application to the Graduate School”)
- You can find details about:
- The South Asia Center and the program: http://southasia.washington.edu/
- Applying to the Jackson School: https://jsis.washington.edu/programs/graduate/mais/ma-apply/
- General information on applying to the University of Washington for graduate study: http://grad.uw.edu/admissions/apply-now/ (go to “Begin Online Application to the Graduate School”)
- Sources of funding for graduate study: http://southasia.washington.edu/programs/funding/
For more information, contact South Asia Center Managing Director Keith Snodgrass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our application deadline is June 1, 2016.
Christian Novetzke talks about his new book (co-authored with Andy Rotman and Will Elison) “Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood and The Nation” (Harvard University Press, 2016).
“This isn’t so much a book about a Bollywood film as it is about the Bollywood film. We were inspired by the hunch (or maybe wild assertion) that Amar Akbar Anthony is actually the first Bollywood film. What we mean is that Amar Akbar Anthony perfects the genre known as themasala or “spicy” film, with its eclectic blend of song, dance, drama, action, romance, comedy, etc., and initiates a new filmic era.”
Join us for a celebration of this book, Thursday, April 21, 3:30 PM in Thomson Hall 317.
On Friday, February 26th 2015, the South Asia Center (Jackson School of International Studies) and Global Business Center (Foster School of Business) hosted a three-hour symposium. Panelists were experts from the government, academia and industry.
The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Sunila S. Kale, Director of the South Asia Center. She highlighted the Center’s commitment to teaching and expanding knowledge on South Asia, through a host of activities including such symposia, noting its role as a ‘forum for thoughtful debate, critique, and dissent’ on a range of issues concerning South Asia.
Panel I: Development Agendas and Legal and Commercial Frameworks
The first panel, featured Jonathan Bensky, President and CEO of Pacific Northwest Advisors, and Amrita Srivastava, a partner at Desh International and Business Law in addition to Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok. It was moderated by Professor Sunila S. Kale.
The Consul General of India, San Francisco, Ambassador Ventakesan Ashok, observed that a paradigm shift was developing in US-India economic relations. He outlined the geopolitical agenda and economic development policies of the current Indian government. He noted that the Indian economy has experienced 7.5% growth in the last year but that electronics manufacturing comprised only 25% of the GDP, which the government would like to increase to 45%. This is precisely why, he noted, the Indian government had launched Make in India, a national program focused on building manufacturing infrastructure in order to position India as a key electronics manufacturer in the international market. The Consul General observed that Make in India is the government’s flagship program that aims to build much needed infrastructure. These include: the Smart Cities program, which will facilitate the development of nearly 500 housing developments, since ‘affordable housing needs to accompany manufacturing’; the Digital India […]
UW South Asia alumna Hannah Haegeland: two new pieces, one in Foreign Policy and one in Foreign Affairs
UW South Asia alumna Hannah Haegeland, currently a a Scoville Peace Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., has two new pieces, one in Foreign Policy and one in Foreign Affairs:
This course examines current and past hot topics and texts (e.g., India and Pakistan’s shared history and wars, terrorism, Iraq War, Iran’s nuclear controversy, 1979 Iranian Revolution, the israeli and Palestinian conflict, poetry as the language of protest) that have shaped India, Pakistan and the Middle East.
Instructor: Khodadad Kaviani
Spring, 2016, SLN 20836, Saturdays 9:00-2:30
Location: UW Bothell Campus