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A Center for South Asian Studies

The South Asia Initiative (SAI) envisions a Center for South Asian Studies that would support extensive research and academic study relating to the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet

The Center would host scholars across the arts, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, and social sciences whose work directly pertains to matters South Asian.

The Center would sponsor a variety of activities including colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, cultural events and other programs, to promote understanding of the cultures and societies of South Asia.

In anticipation of creating this exciting and much-needed Center at CWRU, The South Asia Initiative has invited three speakers to give talks on campus this spring. These speakers, like those whom we envision as part of the Center, come from a wide variety of disciplines. Please spread the news and make time to come!


Harshita Kamath   March 31, 2011

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is a PhD candidate at Emory University's Graduate Division of Religion. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with a master's degree in Theological Studies. Her dissertation examines the construction of gender categories in South Indian dance and literature. Harshita has studied Kuchipudi dance for over twelve years under the guidance of her teacher, Sasikala Penumarthi, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Chinnaiah Jangam    April 14, 2011

Chinnaiah Jangam is an historian of South Asia who hails from the Telangana region in South India. He studied at the University of Hyderabad and Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and earned his Ph. D. from the Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in (2005), where his research focused on the intellectual history of Dalits. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Felix Scholarship for doctoral studies and a Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship and has been a post-doctoral fellow at the International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Before joining Carleton, he taught at Wagner College in New York City. His areas of interest include: Dalits; Nationalism and Decolonization; Modernism and Inequality, Dalit and slave narratives; gender and social memory; caste, Christianity and Dalits. He is working on a book manuscript titled Dalits and Decolonization: Caste and the Politics of Nationalism in South Asia 1900-1950. His current research focuses on the comparative analysis of caste and race and discourses of emancipation.











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