South Asia Alumna Hannah Haegeland has contributed a new piece to National Interest regarding Nepal’s constitutional crisis and geopolitical concerns.
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.
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.
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
South Asia MA Alum Nick Gottschall recently worked with the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) to profile Jazz Musician Aakash Mittal as he studied and toured India as an AIIS fellow. See the video below:
AIIS is currently accepting applications to the same Fellowship program Aakash Mittal participated in.
Professors Sunila S. Kale and Christian L. Novetzke have written an article on the intersection of Yoga and Politics, in the form of ‘political theology’, which has been published in The Wire. Professors Kale and Novetke are currently working on a book about this very topic, due out in 2018.
Read the article here.
Apply 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).