Past Events

Dhobi Ghat screening posterFilm Screening: Dhobi Ghat

Thursday, March 23, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219

Join the SAS UDRs for a screening of Dhobi Ghat, a 2011 Indian drama directed by Kiran Rao.

Light refreshments will be provided!

3 Idiots posterFilm Screening: 3 Idiots

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219

Join the SAS UDRs for a screening of 3 Idiots, an Indian comedy from director Rajkumar Hirani.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Meet the SAS Minors + Film Screening

Thursday, October 6, 2016Meet the Minors
6:15 p.m.: Meet the Minors
7:00 p.m.: Screening of Sholay
Shiffman 219

Meet the UDRs and other students minoring in South Asian Studies, then stick around for a screening of Sholay, the film that "revolutionized Hindi filmmaking"!

Indian food will be served!

Meet the Majors/Minors: GRALL Programs, COML, ECS & SAS

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Shiffman 216

'DEIS Impact – Global Racism or Global Ignorance: The Narrative of Color While Studying Abroad

Featuring Marlharrissa Lagardere, 2015-2016 Brandeis-India Fellow

Friday, February 5, 2016
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

This event opened up dialogue about perceptions of race across the globe and the realistic encounters one may face while abroad. The panel consisted of students of color who have previously studied abroad in predominately white countries. What does social justice mean while abroad and while abroad as a minority? Ultimately, we are holistically preparing all students to enter into new countries and grapple with issues of race so that they can have the most satisfying experience abroad.

This event was sponsored by 'DEIS Impact, the Brandeis Black Student Organization, the Brandeis-India Fellows Program, the South Asian Studies Program, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, and the Brandeis University Student Union. For more information, contact Marlharrissa Lagardere at

Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS): "Illegible Bodies: Khwaja Sira Activists, the State and Sex/Gender Regulation in Pakistan"

Featuring Faris Khan, Lecturer in Anthropology at Brandeis University

Friday, February 5, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Schwartz 103

Between 2009 and 2012, the Pakistani Supreme Court granted rights to a category of gender ambiguous and sexually non-normative citizens now commonly known as khwaja siras. The activities surrounding the Court’s deliberations highlight the term’s complicated journey of being institutionalized for legal and regulatory purposes. By focusing on the appropriation of “khwaja sira” in activist and state domains, this paper considers the role of various social actors in the production and perpetuation of ambiguity.

Faris Khan is a Lecturer in Anthropology whose research interests include sexuality and gender, queer and transgender studies, identities and subject positions, globalization and transnationalism, activism and social movements, digital and biotechnologies, Pakistan, South Asia. This spring, Dr. Khan is teaching courses on Activism, Resistance, and Change and Sexualities and Genders in Cross-Cultural Perspective.

This event was presented by the Department of Anthropology and co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program, Sexuality and Queer Studies Program, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

"Learning to Labor": Left Political Parties, Trade Unions and Female Garment Labor in Bangladesh

Featuring Lamia Karim '84, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon

Monday, March 30, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Mandel G12

On April 24, 2013, one of the largest industrial disasters ever recorded occurred in Bangladesh when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed, killing 1,100 people and injuring over 2,500. Professor Lamia Karim ’84 will talk about the aftermath of the disaster, including the rise of female-
headed trade unions that are expanding the spectrum of rights.

This event was sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and Brandeis-India Initiative.

Tamasha Politics: Journalism, Democracy and Illusory Dissent in Pakistani Media

Featuring Ali Nobil Ahmad, Madeline Haas Russell Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies

Monday, April 7, 2014
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Hassenfeld Conference Center, Levine Ross Room

Futures Imperfect: Utopias and Dystopias in South Asia

Friday, March 7, 2014, 1 - 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, 2014, 9:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to explore how utopic and dystopic visions shape subjectivities, geographies and texts in South Asia today.

futures imperfect conference

Inspired by contemporary processes in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, we conceive of utopias and dystopias not as alternative worlds but as, in the words of Gordin, Tilley and Prakash, "conditions of historical possibility" which allow for the articulation of a diversity of experiences in the present.

We seek to shift attention from celebratory narratives such as "shining India" and the transnational novel, as well as from dystopic visions such as the "planet of slums" or Pakistan as a "failed state," to look at how futurity animates the contemporary - in life and in text.

The Female and Her Body in Pakistani Art

khwaja posterA Lecture by Sophiya Khwaja

Monday, November 4, 2013
2 p.m.
Shiffman 219

In a social context in which women’s visibility has been culturally and historically undesirable, and, when visible, is considered a sexual invitation, the depiction of the female body assumes potent socio-political meaning, especially when enunciated by women themselves. This lecture will focus on the depiction of the female form in Pakistani art. Special emphasis will be given to work produced by contemporary women artists of the past decade living and working in Pakistan. The owning and celebration of the female body, the connotation to rebellion through its use in art along with the challenging of the “male gaze” are amongst the main concerns of the lecture. Also under consideration will be the development of the role of women in the arts, mainly through their use of the female form in their own work and the staggering influence this work has had on that produced by their male contemporaries. Sponsored by the Programs in South Asian Studies and the History of Ideas.

Screening and Discussion with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra

vohra posterFriday, October 11, 2013
3 p.m.
Mandel G03

Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a copout or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? Who owns a song—the person who made it or the person who paid for it? Partners in Crime (2011), by Paromita Vohra, one of India’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers, tackles these questions and more.

Sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University.

"Unfriendly Bodies, Hostile Cities: Reflections on Loitering in Urban India"

phadke poster Featuring Dr. Shilpa Phadke, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Speaker Dr. Shilpa Phadke (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai). Prof. Phadke discussed her research on gender and public space in relation to the recent nation-wide debates around sexual violence in India.

"Soldiering Sustainability: Urban Ecologies and Political Imaginaries in Kathmandu and Mumbai"

rademacher Featuring Dr. Anne Rademacher, New York University

Monday, April 29, 2013

In this talk, Dr. Rademacher drew from long-term ethnographic engagement with the biophysical, cultural, and political dynamics of urban river degradation in Nepal’s capital city to show how discussions of urban ecology in Kathmandu are at the center of competing political imaginaries. An open lecture to Anth151 "Nature, Culture, Power: Anthropology of the Environment." Co-sponsored with the Anthropology Department.

"Dhan Te Nan! Onomatopoeia and Other Deployments of Film Sound in Contemporary Multiplex Cinema"

Featuring Dr. Sudhir Mahadevan, University of Washington

Monday, April 22, 2013

This presentation offered a preliminary survey of the formal functions of film sound in contemporary multiplex cinema, as a potential gateway into reflections on South Asia’s cinematic imaginary. This event was associated with Eng20a "Bollywood: Popular Film, Genre & Society."

"Jai Bhim Comrade" Film Screening

Jai Bhim Poster

Featuring Anand Patwardhan '72

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Renowned Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan '72 joined the Brandeis community for a screening of his film "Jai Bhim Comrade." President Lawrence welcomed Mr. Patwardhan to campus, describing his films as an invaluable contribution to social justice efforts across the globe and an inspiration to the Brandeis community.

"Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland"

Singh Featuring Dr. Maina Chawla Singh, American University / New Delhi University

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dr. Maina Chawla Singh (American University / New Delhi University) presented a lecture titled "Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland" based upon her scholarship "Writing Our Lives: Migration Narratives of Indian-Jewish Women".

"Made In India" Film Screening

made in india Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Brandeis hosted a screening of the documentary "Made In India" about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India.