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US-India Economic Relations

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 […]

By |April 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on US-India Economic Relations

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:

“India’s Nuclear Dangers” Foreign Policy, 31 March 2016,

“Facing Armageddon in South Asia”Foreign Affairs, 1 April 2016.

By |April 1st, 2016|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on UW South Asia alumna Hannah Haegeland: two new pieces, one in Foreign Policy and one in Foreign Affairs

Teaching Controversial Topics: Middle East, India and Pakistan

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

An Iranian boy, fist raised in symbolic defiance, heads a huge crowd of Ayatollah Khomeini supporters across Tehran in an anti-Shah demonstration estimated at over a million strong, Dec. 10, 1978. Behind him demonstrators carry a banner reading: "Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his own country," and behind another reads: "We will destroy Yankee power in Iran." (AP Photo)

By |February 27th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Teaching Controversial Topics: Middle East, India and Pakistan

India Study Abroad Applications Open

Study in India in Fall, 2016. Applications are now open for Explore India's Himalaya—Yoga, Culture, Politics, Environment

By |February 2nd, 2016|Feature One|Comments Off on India Study Abroad Applications Open

Support South Asia Studies

I want to tell you a little about the activities of the South Asia Center and to ask for your support.

Among the many events that we’ve hosted recently, several stand out for engaging students and the larger South Asian community and helping to connect and enrich these two worlds. Following several months after the Voices of Partition event in Spring 2015, in October the Center sponsored a two-day symposium on Human Rights and the Politics of Film Making. The event brought together filmmakers, scholars, students, and community members for vibrant conversations about films and filmmaking in South Asia. In November, the Center hosted a morning of Daastaan-Goi with an artist from New Delhi who demonstrated this beautiful tradition of Urdu story-telling to an absorbed audience of students and community members.

Our new graduate students studying in and affiliated with the South Asia program hail from around the globe, including the US, India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong. In addition to taking classes from our renowned faculty and attending events like those described above, an active colloquium series enables our undergraduate and graduate students to learn from important scholars, activists, and intellectuals of South Asia who visit campus from across the world.

We ask you to help support the educational and outreach activities of the South Asia Center with a tax-deductible gift. A donation to the Friends of South Asia Fund will help us to bring visitors to campus and expand our programming to wider sections of our community. A gift to the South Asia Students Fund or another of our student fellowships will allow us to support our students as they carry out research and prepare themselves to join the next generation of scholars and professionals. We are very grateful for the support you’ve given the […]

By |December 4th, 2015|Feature One|Comments Off on Support South Asia Studies

Fellowships for Undergraduate & Graduate Students

SAS from banner square-ishApply now for fellowships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year and for Summer, 2016. Both graduate students and undergraduates are eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (details) (application); domestic and international graduate students are eligible for the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship (details) (application).

By |November 23rd, 2015|News|Comments Off on Fellowships for Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Director’s Welcome 2015

Welcome from the South Asia Center:  

As the new Director of the South Asia Center, it’s a pleasure to welcome everyone to the start of a new year at the University of Washington. I’m honored to follow in Anand Yang’s footsteps at the Center and over the next few years I look forward to working closely with students, faculty, and staff to strengthen the study of South Asia at UW. I’m also eager to collaborate with individuals and organizations in Seattle and Washington to share our passion and knowledge about the region with a wider audience.

Last year was a great one for the South Asia Center. The Center advanced its mission to educate and enrich the wider public about South Asia through activities like the Newspapers in Education Series and through events like the Voices of Partition, which provided a space to remember and reflect on the enduring significance of 1947. We are eager to build on these initiatives and launch several new ones.

An accomplished group of students received South Asian Studies master’s degrees in June 2015 and this fall we welcome a new cohort of students. Our language programs continue to provide rigorous training in Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Persian, Sanskrit, and Pali and many of our students are supported in their language study with fellowships from the Foreign Languages and Area Studies Program from the Department of Education. Students on campus have the opportunity to learn about the most important aspects of South Asia through an extensive roster of classes. One of the highlights of our undergraduate curriculum is our study abroad program in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

During the last few years many of our South Asia […]

By |October 25th, 2015|Feature One, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Director’s Welcome 2015

Symposium on Human Rights and the Politics of Film Making

A two-day symposium on Human Rights and the Politics of Film Making is being hosted by the UW Jackson School’s South Asia Center in conjunction with Tasveer’s 2015 Seattle South Asian Film Festival feauturing notable film makers from South Asia.

The symposium will examine issues of human rights and film making in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Presenters include Thenmozhi, Bindu Menon, Shoba Rajagopal, Sanjay Kak, Bidisha Biswas, Deepti Misri, Bruce Kochis, Alka Kurian, Ramya Vijaya, Prasanna Withanage, Hemal Trivedi, Sonora Jha, Rakesh Sharma, Sangita Gopal, Meenakshi Rishi, and Shreerekha Subramanian.

The schedule is available here.

By |October 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Symposium on Human Rights and the Politics of Film Making

Body of the Victim, Body of the Warrior


Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists 

Author: Cabeiri Robinson

Publisher: University of California Press

Year: 2013

Summary: This book provides a fascinating look at the creation of contemporary Muslim jihadists. Basing the book on her long-term fieldwork in the disputed borderlands between Pakistan and India, Cabeiri deBergh Robinson tells the stories of people whose lives and families have been shaped by a long history of political conflict. Interweaving historical and ethnographic evidence, Robinson explains how refuge-seeking has become a socially and politically debased practice in the Kashmir region and why this devaluation has turned refugee men into potential militants. She reveals the fraught social processes by which individuals and families produce and maintain a modern jihad, and she shows how Muslim refugees have forged an Islamic notion of rights—a hybrid of global political ideals that adopts the language of human rights and humanitarianism as a means to rethink refugees’ positions in transnational communities. Jihad is no longer seen as a collective fight for the sovereignty of the Islamic polity, but instead as a personal struggle to establish the security of Muslim bodies against political violence, torture, and rape. Robinson describes how this new understanding has contributed to the popularization of jihad in the Kashmir region, decentered religious institutions as regulators of jihad in practice, and turned the families of refugee youths into the ultimate mediators of entrance into militant organizations. This provocative book challenges the idea that extremism in modern Muslim societies is the natural by-product of a clash of civilizations, of a universal Islamist ideology, or of fundamentalist conversion.

By |September 23rd, 2015|Faculty Publications|Comments Off on Body of the Victim, Body of the Warrior

Faculty Research

Selected Faculty Research

Prchalanaofessor Manish Chalana, Assistant Professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department, conducted field work in India through the support of the Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in 2014 to work on developing a book length manuscript on the history, theory and practice of historic preservation in India from the British Colonial period up to the present. While in India he was affiliated with the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), where he co-taught the advanced thesis studio for the final year Masters in Architectural Conservation Students. Read more about Professor Chalana’s field work here.

ramamurthyProfessor and Chair of the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Priti Ramamurthy is conducting field work in Hyderabad and New Delhi during the 2015-2016 academic year. Professor Ramamurthy, supported by funding from an American Council for Learned Societies Research Collaborative Fellowship (2015-17) and an American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Short Term Fellowships (2016), will be working collaboratively with Vinay Gidwani, associate professor of geography at the University of Minnesota. The research will explore the experiences and social relations of informal sector work, including construction, street vending, petty retail, transportation, waste picking, sex work, and domestic service labor.


In 2015-16, Sunila Kale, Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Chair and Director of the South Asia Center and Program, will start a new research project on the politics of extractive industries in eastern India. Her project, which will be supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship, explores the relationship between corporations and Corporate Social […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments