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Conlon Fellowship Awardees Honored

The 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 awardees of the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies were honored at a luncheon today on campus. Taylor Rockhill, the 2016-2017 awardee, recently graduated from the Master of Arts in South Asian Studies program. Mr. Rockhill has focused on the Commonwealth of Nations and its changing role and composition in the 21st century. Deep Pal, the 2016-2017 awardee, is working on a history of India’s foreign relations.

The South Asian Studies Program was honored to host the major funders of the Frank F. Conlon Endowment in South Asian Studies, Frank F. and Joan Conlon, Ann Pryde, and Marc Pryde at the luncheon. We were joined by South Asia Program Chair Sunila S. Kale, South Asia Center Managing Director Keith Snodgrass, and Jackson School of International Studies Director Resat Kasaba.

Find more information on the Conlon Fellowship here. Support the endowment here.

By |June 30th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conlon Fellowship Awardees Honored

Nepal Studies Initiative featured in Seattle Times

Nepal_bannerThe South Asia Center-sponsored Nepal Studies Initiative is hosting a seminar in Nepal this autumn. It will feature students from UW as well as from Nepal. They are featured in this article in the Seattle Times.

By |June 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Nepal Studies Initiative featured in Seattle Times

Minnie Ray Chaudhury – Cybersecurity Spotlight: India’s Encryption Policy

Link to Minnie’s article

South Asia MA student Minnie Ray Chaudhury is a fellow at the International Policy Institute of the Jackson School, working on cybersecurity issues. In addition to writing this article, she presented at the May 23 BRICS on the Firewall: International Perspectives on Cybersecurity and Encryption event held at UW.

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Hannah Haegeland’s new piece in National Interest

South Asia Alumna Hannah Haegeland has contributed a new piece to National Interest regarding Nepal’s constitutional crisis and geopolitical concerns.

Link to article

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Anne Murphy: Open Letter on the apology for the Komagata Maru incident (17 May 2016)

Anne Murphy presented on her project with theatre troupes in Vancouver on three plays about the Komagata Maru incident. This public project seeks to enrich dialogues about this traumatic incident in the history of Canada, and examines the incident and the plays through the lenses utilized by various playwrights.
After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a formal apology for this incident in the Canadian Parliament on May 18, 2016, Professor Murphy issued this letter, signed by many Canadian professors of South Asian Studies.

Link to page

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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.

Bio
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.”

By |April 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Joyojeet Pal on “Accessibility Infrastructure and the Transition to Touchscreens: Evidence from Bangalore, India”

Learn Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and other languages at UW

2013 SA Langugages Bollywood eRegistration 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.

By |April 27th, 2016|Academic Opportunities, Courses, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Learn Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and other languages at UW

Christian Novetzke on New Book

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 9780674504486-lg(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.

By |April 12th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Christian Novetzke on New Book

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.

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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