Past Events

Spring 2018

Group of women in India sitting by water joined by pigeons
Hyperbolic Heist: The Contemporary Discourse of Gendered Public Safety in India

February 8, 2018

A lecture by Shilpa Phadke, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor, Brandeis University.

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Balls of food and sauce on a table
We are Enjoying Only: Food and Fun in Liberalizing India

March 22, 2018

Professor Amita Baviskar, Institute for Economic Growth, Delhi
Soli Sorabjee Lecture

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Man upside-down mid-jump on a beach
Interdisciplinary Conference, Mazaa: Theorizing Fun, Pleasure and Play in India

March 23, 2018

10 a.m. Introduction

  • Ulka Anjaria (Brandeis)
  • Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria (Brandeis)

10:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Panel 1

  • Krishnendu Ray (NYU), Suffering and Social Theory: Limits of Current Critiques of Food Cultures
  • James Mchugh (USC), The Varieties of Drunk Experience In Early Medieval South Asia
  • Abhay Sardesai (Art India), The Fine Art of Having Fun
  • Discussant: Amita Baviskar (IEG, Delhi)

12:30–2:15 p.m. Panel 2

  • Shilpa Phadke (TISS, Mumbai), Dull Jills: Women, Work and Fun on the Streets of Mumbai
  • Brian Horton (Brown), The Police and the Policed: Queer Crossings in a Bombay Bathroom
  • Kareem Khubchandani (Tufts), Dancing Against The Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife
  • Discussant: Pascal Menoret (Brandeis)

2:30–4:15 p.m. Panel 3

  • Arti Sandhu (U of Cincinnati), The Guilty Pleasures of Saas-Bahu Style
  • Camille Frazier (UCLA), “Money Doesn’t Fascinate Anymore”: Food Cultivation as Productive Leisure Among Bangalore’s Middle Class
  • Ajay Gehlawat (Sonoma State), It’s All About Loving Yourself: The Difficult, Carefree Pleasures of Popular Hindi Cinema
  • Discussant: Gowri Vijayakumar (Brandeis)

4:15-4:45 p.m. Closing Discussion

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Harjant Gill

April 24, 2018

Previous Years


UDR Film Screening: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

May 1, 2017

8th Annual Hunt Lecture in Economic Anthropology: “Cheap Tea and the Endurance of Monoculture in the Dooars, India”

April 28, 2017

Featuring Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program.

UDR Film Screening: Dhobi Ghat

March 23, 2017

UDR Film Screening: 3 Idiots

December 7, 2016

Meet the SAS Minors + Film Screening

October 6, 2016


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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

’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

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

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