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Contemporary Islamic Movements: Ideology, Aesthetics, Politics; February 16-17, 2006

Mon, Dec 12, 2005

The conference "Contemporary Islamic Movements: Ideology, Aesthetics, Politics" seeks to explore Islamic thought, politics and social life through an interdisciplinary approach. The representation of Muslim life and Islam in public and private forums leaves much to be desired in terms of its depiction of the complexity of Muslim experiences and practices across the globe.

FLAS Competition 2006-2007

Academic and Summer Fellowships

Tue, Nov 29, 2005

The Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Competition for Academic Year 2006-07 and Summer 2006 has begun. Please visit our Fellowships and Funding page for more information as well as downloadable applications. FLAS Application Deadline: January 31, 2006 at 5:00pm CST

Relief for South Asia Earthquake

Thu, Oct 13, 2005

Pakistan-Administered Kashmir was the hardest hit region, with whole towns wiped out by the recent earthquake which registered 7.6 on the Richter scale. Help has yet to reach many areas in response to what some call the worst natural disaster in Pakistan's history.

Institute Announces Its South Asia Seminar Series for Fall, 2005

Wed, Sep 21, 2005

Perspectives on Buddhist Traditions in South Asia

The South Asia Seminar Series for Fall 2005 considers different types of evidence --such as textual or material-- from different places that enrich our understanding of Buddhist practices in South Asia."

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South Asia Institute and Texas Union Announce Three Events In Conjunction With the Visit of the Dalai Lama

Change and Continuity in Tibetan Culture: Nomadic Life and Musical Performance

Tue, Sep 6, 2005

On Monday, September 19th, 2005, the South Asia Institute at The University of Texas at Austin will offer a lecture series that will close with a performance by Tibetan vocalist Tashi Dhondup Sharzur all to take place in Avaya Auditorium, A.C.E.S. Building, Room 2.302, UT Campus.

Institute to Host Two Teacher Workshops for Fall, 2005

Sun, Aug 14, 2005

These AIM: South Asia workshops are specifically designed for middle and high school teachers interested in expanding the scope of their South Asia curriculum.

Buddhisim in South Asia: Past and Present

The Place of Islam in South Asia

Institute to Host a Teacher Workshop on Buddhism

Buddhism in South Asia: Past and Present

Sun, Aug 14, 2005

Do you have a desire to learn more about Buddhism?

Come to an AIM: South Asia workshop on Buddhism, specifically designed for middle and high school teachers, at the South Asia Institute. Members of the UT faculty will guide you in an examination of the origins of Buddhist traditions as well as later developments in Buddhist practice.

Institute to Host a Teacher Workshop on Islam in South Asia

The Place of Islam in South Asia

Sun, Aug 14, 2005

Did you know that the Taj Mahal is not a palace but a mausoleum?
Would you like to learn more about Islam, its history, its influence and its multiple positions in the world today?

Come to an AIM: South Asia workshop on Islam, specifically designed for middle and high school teachers, at the South Asia Institute. Members of the UT faculty will guide you in an examination of the place of Islam in South Asia. We will focus on selected issues and aspects of Islamic traditions, including the ways in which these have been understood and misunderstood, how knowledge about Islam has been constructed and Islam's contributions in South Asia.

New Teacher Resources Available Online

Sun, Aug 7, 2005

The South Asia Institute's Outreach coordinator has some new resources for K-12 teachers interested in exploring Indian and Tibetan cultural enrichment in their classrooms! New Outreach Resources


Thu, Jun 30, 2005

UT-Austin is recruiting for two faculty positions in South Asian Studies. One is for a tenured or tenure-track position in Environmental Studies. The other is for a tenured or tenure-track position in Radio-Television-Film

South Asia Institute and Hemispheres Host Four-Day Workshop June 7-10, 2005

Wed, Jun 1, 2005

Egyptian pyramids. The Ramayana. Mayan temples. Scythian mummies. Ancient cultures are often presented, in our textbooks and classrooms, as civilizations that reached their height long ago, with little emphasis on the endurance of traditions. Although we are separated from "ancient" cultures by 500 to 5000 years, our lives today are marked by their presence. We can better understand the fabric of contemporary culture by studying the threads that weave us together with our past.

Institute Announces a 2-day workshop for College Faculty: Further Perspectives on Gandhi and the Concept of Non-violence

Sun, Apr 17, 2005

Participants in this workshop will be introduced by UT faculty to a wider view within which to understand Mahatma Gandhi and the concept of ahimsa (non-violence) in the context of Indian traditions. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary scholarship on Gandhi and his broad, iconic uses in such arenas as nationalist ideology. This workshop will enable participants to better understand the global development and place of non-violence and, from this, expand their thinking about the work of leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King.

The University of Texas at Austin Establishes South Asia Institute
University-wide Initiative Focuses on Contemporary Issues of the Region

Faculty experts (PDF, 96K) | Timeline (PDF, 111K) | Fact Sheet (PDF, 54K) | At-a-Glance (PDF, 80K)

Tue, Apr 5, 2005

AUSTIN, Texasa^?AÅãhThe University of Texas at Austin has established the South Asia Institute, demonstrating a university-wide commitment to fostering understanding and economic opportunities in South Asia, a region with mounting influence in the global marketplace.

The Gujarat Series: Art Exhibit

Innovative South Asian Artist to Exhibit Works on Campus

Mon, Apr 4, 2005

The internationally acclaimed "Gujarat Series," which features twenty-three paintings of the Indian Mithila style by artist Santosh Kumar Das is currently on exhibit at UT. The series exemplifies an important new conceptual methodology emerging from the traditional religious subject matter of Mithila painting: social commentary. Dasa' work also has significance for gender studies; as an artist from the Mithila district (Bihar), he employs an art form traditionally recognized as the domain of women. Das serves as the Director of the Ethnic Arts Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to the continuing development of Mithila painting. The paintings are currently touring the U.S. and, in addition to the exhibit at U.T., they will be shown at Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Asia Society, New York. The exhibit will be on display in the Gebauer Building from April 4 to May 6, 2005. For more information, contact A

South Asia Seminar Spring 2005 Series

Sat, Jan 1, 2005

The South Asia Institute at UT has a mission to enhance South Asian programs, especially those pertaining to contemporary issues, across the entire university. The colloquium series for Spring 2005 focuses on one of the crucial domains of contemporary scholarship on South Asia: the experience of modernity.

Conference on Economic Globalization to be held April 8-9, 2005

South Asia Institute Holds Inaugural Conference

Sat, Jan 1, 2005

Economic globalization is transforming South Asia, and its processes are producing far reaching social, cultural, and political effects.

'Manu's Code of Law' Symposium

Sat, Jan 1, 2005

A symposium in recognition of the recent publication of "Manu's Code of Law" by Patrick Olivelle, professor in the Department of Asian Studies, is at 3:30 p.m. in the Gebauer Building, third floor conference room on Friday, April 15th, 2005.

Copies of Walter Slaje's Madden Lecture Now Available

Sat, Jan 1, 2005

The University of Texas at Austin's South Asia Institute is able to offer a limited number of printed copies of the first Madden lecture, entitled "Medieval Kashmir and the Science of History," which was delivered by Dr. Walter Slaje at the Institute in April 2004.