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Last modified: Friday, September 4, 2009

IU India Studies announces its fall lecture series

Sept. 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- This fall's India Studies lecture series at Indiana University will again bring leading political, art and cultural scholars of India and South Asia to the IU Bloomington campus.

Ambassador Arun Singh

Ambassador Arun Singh

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The lecture series, which is free and open to the public, will begin on Friday (Sept. 11) with a presentation by Christophe Jaffrelot, the Alliance visiting professor at Columbia University and a leading India scholar in France and adviser to the French government.

Jaffrelot will speak on the topic "India's 2009 elections: The Resilience of Regionalism and Ethnicity" at 5:30 p.m. at the India Studies House (825 E. Eighth St.).

According to Jaffrelot, the recent set of Indian national elections do not mark a return to single-party dominance there. He will discuss how election results suggest a fragmentation of the Indian political scene is still a powerful force and that the re-nationalization of Indian politics is far from being back on track.

Maina Chawla Singh

Maina Chawla Singh

Other events in the series will include:

  • Oct. 23 -- "We Are Not Mizrahi . . . We Are Indian Jews: Issues of Culture and Identity in the Indian Jewish Community in Israel." Maina Chawla Singh, a visiting faculty member at American University of Washington, D.C., and associate professor of vocational studies at the University of Delhi, will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Ballantine Hall, room 137. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program.
  • Oct. 23 -- "India and the U.S. Strategies: Partnership and Globalized Challenges." Ambassador Arun Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India to the United States in Washington, D.C., will speak at 5:30 p.m. at India Studies House, 825 E. Eighth St.
  • Nov. 13 -- "Prospects for the Indian Economy After the Crisis." Arvind Subramanian, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at 5:30 p.m. at India Studies House. The lecture is co-sponsored by the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.
  • Nov. 20 -- "Labor and Love in South Asia: Negotiating Kinship, Courtship, Marriage and Divorce in an Indian Call Center." Cari Costanzo Kapur, academic director, undergraduate advising and research and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, will speak at 5:30 p.m. at Woodburn Hall, room 003. The lecture is co-sponsored by the IU departments of anthropology and gender studies.
  • Dec. 4 -- "State Politics and the Resource Curse in India." Sunila Kale, assistant professor in the Jackson School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, will speak at 5:30 p.m. at India Studies House. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

For more information about India Studies, call 812-855-5798 or send a message to