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SEP
25
Date:
Saturday, 25 Sep 2021
Time:
11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Location:
Youtube watch link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPTo1i8toZc
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Welcome to the third Sikh & Punjab Studies Webinar of 2021 organized by the Sikh Formations editorial team. The topics explored in this webinar range from study of Sikh schools in Delhi, to identity but will all find root in Sikh and Punjab studies.
Moderators:
Dr. Arvind-Pal S. Mandair (University of Michigan)
Dr. Anneeth Kaur Hundle  (University of California – Irvine)
Dr. Harjeet Grewal  (University of Calgary)
Session 1
Time: 11:05 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Dr. Yamini Aggarwal (Research Associate, Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies, New Delhi)
Title: SIKH SCHOOLS IN DELHI, IDENTITY & ASPRIRATIONS: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS
Abstract: This presentation explores the rise in the number of schools run by Sikh managements in Delhi, India, post 1984 anti-Sikh violence and the quest of the community to encourage young Sikhs to maintain their religious and cultural identity. For next two decades, culture and identity were key reasons why even upper middle class Sikh parents accessed these schools but started to leave the institutions for other popular private and international schools around mid-2000. Based on an ethnography of two Sikh schools in Delhi in contrasting neighborhoods, I show that aspirations and opportunities for national and global mobility are leading to changing patterns of enrolment in what were Sikh-dominated institutions. I also dwell on the implications of the growing number of Hindus and Muslim children in these schools, and challenges that have emerged for school managements and teachers to maintain diversity and yet promote them as Sikh institutions.
Session 2
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Radhika Chopra (University of Delhi)
Title: CURATING DIVINITY
Abstract: I will explore the universe of souvenirs of Sikh Gurus and martyrs sold in bazaars of Amritsar. I analyse the shop window displays of two modern martyrs, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the militant leader of the movement for Khalistan, and Bhagat Singh, the nationalist hero. Shopkeepers understand martyr souvenirs as affective objects, of ritual and political value, and 'curate' their displays to create a conscious, purposive aura around modern Sikh martyrdom.
Session 3
Time: 12:55 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
Speaker: Prof. Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)
Title: CHANDIGARH A CITY IN SEARCH OF AN IDENTITY: DREAMS AND VISIONS OF EARLY SETTLERS
Abstract: As heated debates about nationalism, citizenship, and identity are raging in India, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect on the genesis, vision, and reality of a truly unique Indian city: CHANDIGARH.
Chandigarh was built by Prime Minister Nehru in the aftermath of the tragic partition of India as the new capital of the province of Punjab, which was divided, and the old capital of Lahore (a great cultural center) was awarded to Pakistan.
Designed by the French modern architect, Le Corbusier, the city's radical modernist aesthetics broke free from both India's colonial architecture as well as its traditional Indian heritage designs. Many of the early settlers (1960s-1970s-80s) were imbued with a deep nostalgia for Lahore, but the modernist emphasis of Chandigarh buildings on form over ornament and of raw materials and structure instead of idyllic revivals, also helped them to embrace a new world.
In recent years, India's social and cultural critics have reductively shrugged off the distinct identity of Chandigarh. Sunil Khilnani wrongly observed in 1997: "This supremely conceptual city could not generate any shared understanding of its meanings among its inhabitants" (The Idea of India, 13). I will argue that the vision of the early settlers (many partition migrants) reflected the modernist aesthetics of the city, drawing on memories and materials of the lost, cosmopolitan Punjab, but creating new principles that balanced modernity and secularism with traditional cultures. It was city of an inclusive Punjabiat, synthesizing Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim elements into a new Punjab.

SEP
27
Date:
Monday, 27 Sep 2021
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
In Person: 252 Erickson Hall. Virtually via Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/95637929914 (Passcode: 614043)
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Description: In this session, graduate students from across the College will share their experience and advice when it comes to planning for and engaging in globally-oriented work during their graduate studies. Panelists will introduce their relevant work, sharing the benefits and challenges of engaging in such work, as well as exploring the various resources across departments, the College, the University, and beyond that enabled their global pursuits. The audience is encouraged to come with questions and engage in open discussion.
Rachel Lockart is a PhD candidate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education. Her work draws on and contributes to the fields of comparative and international education, decolonial theories, and critical policy analysis, and her dissertation focuses on teacher education and employment policies in Senegal. Educated primarily in the U.S., she has also studied, taught, or conducted research in Mali, Cameroon, and Senegal.
Jainisha Chavda is a 5th year PhD Candidate in Educational Policy. Prior to MSU, she worked with non-profit and government organizations in India on different development projects. She was also a lecturer of international studies at Pandit Deendayal Energy University. She is currently pursuing her dissertation on Datafication and Educational Governance in India.
Yujin Oh is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in K-12 Educational Administration at MSU. She had worked as a public elementary school teacher, serving grades 1 to 6, for over ten years in Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests include school leadership for teacher learning, the policy implementation process, and comparative perspectives on school change.

SEP
28
Date:
Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Live-streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdJ3b-mlZUs
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Don't miss a special wayang kulit (shadow puppet) premiere performance from Java! Ki Purbo Asmoro will be performing Tamba Teka Lara Lunga (Remedy Shows Up Malady Gives Up). This new wayang story is inspired by a 1920 text designed to educate the public about pandemic influenza. Tune in and see how Ki Purbo Asmoro weaves the content and perspective from a dhalang (puppet master) during the pandemic 100 years ago with his own thoughts on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

English translation by Kitsie Emerson

Co-Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, University of Michigan Center for Southeast Asian Studies, American Institute for Indonesian Studies, 

SEP
29
Date:
Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic language practice and culture presentations.

SEP
30
Date:
Thursday, 30 Sep 2021
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Room 117 Wells Hall, and also virtually (Registration: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_glxqGeTDQEufuIDXRW42Ow)
Department:
Asian Studies Center
OCT
4
Date:
Monday, 04 Oct 2021
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Library Green Room 4W
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Presentation by Khatchig Mouradian (Columbia), author of Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918

The Resistance Network is the history of an underground network of humanitarians, missionaries, and diplomats in Ottoman Syria who helped save the lives of thousands during the Armenian Genocide. Khatchig Mouradian challenges depictions of Armenians as passive victims of violence and subjects of humanitarianism, demonstrating the key role they played in organizing a humanitarian resistance against the destruction of their people.

 

Soponsored by the Muslim Studies Program

Co-sponsors: Department of History, Muslim Studies Program, Serling Institute for Jewish Studies & Modern Israel, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Asian Studies Center, Peace & Justice Studies

OCT
6
Date:
Wednesday, 06 Oct 2021
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic language practice and culture presentations.

Date:
Wednesday, 06 Oct 2021
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
B119 Wells Hall for film screening. Event registration: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j4MGPtehTduzXcrRz-rK_w
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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In-person film screening

Film - A River Changes Course: In this stunningly shot verite portrait captured over a perios of two years, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam achieves profound intimacy with three Cambodian families struggling to maintain their traditional way of life as the modern world closes in around them.

Film - Lost Word: As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia's mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman's relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

Followed by virtual and in-person discussion with director Kalyanee Mam

Co-sponsored by the Mekong Culture WELL Project, MSU Film Studies, James Madison College, and the Asian Studies Center.

OCT
7
Date:
Thursday, 07 Oct 2021
Time:
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Breslin Center + also registration for virtual: https://msueducationabroad.via-trm.com/visitor/events/1429
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The Education Abroad Expo is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting education abroad opportunities available at Michigan State University.

More than 150 exhibits displaying information about MSU's wide variety of programs and support services will be available for students to browse and ask questions.

If you've ever thought about international study, the Education Abroad Expo is the perfect place to begin your search.

After more than a year of travel restrictions and canceled plans, the Office for Education Abroad is excited to announce the Education Abroad Expo is back!

Participation in education abroad IS possible, both in-person and virtually, with some limitations for on-site activities. Flexibility has always been a benefit of education abroad and that skill will be put to use more than ever as we move forward in the coming year.

Now is a great time to begin to planning for a future program and become excited about the benefits of global learning.

Register for the Expo today!

NOTE: Anyone attending the Education Abroad Expo will be required to comply with current health and safety directives in place from Michigan State University.

 

Know before you go: https://educationabroad.isp.msu.edu/education-abroad-expo/what-do-expo/

Date:
Thursday, 07 Oct 2021
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Virtual - Registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdemqqTgsH9JCt-tshPvOh9dW9piDVlIi
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Speaker: Joseph W. Ho is Assistant Professor of History at Albion College, Michigan, and a Center Associate at the University of Michigan's Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. His research concerns transnational visual culture, histories of photography and film, global Christianity, and Sino-US encounters. Ho is the author of Developing Mission: Photography, Filmmaking, and American Missionaries in Modern China (Cornell University Press, 2021).

Please register in advance at the Graven Images: Missionary Visual Practices and Cross-Cultural Imaginations of Religion in China zoom registration page.

Co-Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center Global Virtual Speaker Program and Department of Religious Studies