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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Fall 2009 South Asia Seminar Series

Against the Grain: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches

Posted: August 28, 2009
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The growth in interdisciplinary, and more recently, cross-disciplinary study demonstrates the use of promoting changes in established fields.  In a slightly different manner, the Fall South Asia seminar focuses on the importance of bridging the supposed divide between the study of the past and the present.   Indeed, one aspect for all who work with South Asia is the increasing importance of  contemporary developments, but the reverse is also true, namely, the role of the past in the consideration of the present.

The SAI seminar series features lectures by distinguished South Asian specialists from UT and abroad. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

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September 10
Fall Welcome Reception
University of Texas at Austin 3-5pm

September 24
Martha Selby
University of Texas at Austin
Form, Style, and Rhetoric in an Early Fourth-Century Tamil Anthology

October 1
Eliza Kent
Colgate University
Sacred Groves and Local Gods:
Religion and Environmentalism in Tamil Nadu

October 8
Sheldon Pollock
Columbia University
Crisis in the Classics

October 15
Gananath Obeyesekere
Princeton University
Kali and Lord Buddha:
Sense and Reference in a Buddhist Tale on Vengeance and Violence

October 29
Mary Beth Heston
College of Charleston
Building a Polity: Royal Architecture and Authority in Colonial Era Kerala

November 5
Donald Lopez
University of Michigan
Burnouf and the Birth of Buddhist Studies

November 12
Jack Hawley
Columbia University
Modern Roots, Ancient Branches:The Bhakti Movement--Since When?

November 19
Barbara Metcalf
University of Michigan
Nawab Shah Jehan Begum of Bhopal:Becoming a Muslim Ruler in Colonial India

December 3
Joel Brereton
University of Texas at Austin
An Inconvenient Text:On Translating the Rigveda

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