The first annual Student Research Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Nepal, jointly hosted by the University of Washington’s Nepal Studies Initiative, a four-year program funded by the South Asia Center, and the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, will take place on September 12-13, 2016 at the Yalamaya Kendra in Patan, Kathmandu.
There are several annual conferences, panels, and speaking events in Nepal each year for faculty and advanced scholars, but there are few opportunities for students to showcase their work, gain experience engaging critically with their peers, and feature their own voice as emergent scholars of Nepal and South Asia.
Please visit the symposium homepage for more information about the call for abstracts, due by July 1, 2016.
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.
As part of their Global Competencies in 21st Century Asian Studies Initiative, the University of Washington’s Asian Studies and Global Studies Centers seek proposals by Community College full time, part time, and adjunct faculty for new course development, revision of an existing course, or creation of a new course module. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome to apply.
- Development of new module to an existing course: $2,000
- Complete revision of an existing course: up to $3,000
- Development of a new course: up to $4,000
- Successful applicants will be granted access to UW Library and other resources and may partner with UW faculty when practicable.
Deadline for applications: June 15, 2015
For more information and how to apply click here
Being in Motion
Annual Conference on South Asia
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Feminist considerations of experience, identities, and power are often considerations of moving bodies. Sometimes this fact is made explicit; other times it is implicit. In many cases, movement is evoked metaphorically, without consideration of actual bodies in motion.
This conference aims to bring movement and its bodily sites to the center of feminist analysis, and to bring feminist thinking to consideration of bodies in motion. Focusing on movement’s materiality, that is–not just its use as metaphor–in South Asia, we aim to critique, deepen, and clarify our feminist engagement with such foundational ideas as “agency” and “power,” “discipline” and “performance,” “experience” and “voice,” “body” and “society,” asking how movement can occupy sometimes uncomfortable spaces between binary categories.
We invite papers that include physical movement, broadly defined, in the scope of analysis and think about movement as a feature of social life and expression. This could mean thinking about habituated movements or movements that challenge norms, movements that are considered beautiful or iconic, or movements considered pathological, abnormal, or sick; it could mean thinking about movements as organized and choreographed, as improvisatory and quirky, as violent and rupturing, or as quiet and still. Topics could include space, politics, governance, performance, sexuality, creativity, education, migration, medicine, religion and ritual, trauma, pleasure, labor, social change, law, and nationalism.
We encourage presentations that include and invite movement, and seek a wide representation of disciplines. We encourage scholars to consider their work in a new way, and invite those working in performing disciplines to engage in an interdisciplinary feminist dialogue. Works in progress are strongly encouraged, as are “provocations,” presentations summarizing research or […]