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SAHSA at the AHA 2013 - meeting, reception, events, panels

Dear colleagues,
The annual AHA conference is coming up shortly in New Orleans, and this will mark the first year that SAHSA has affiliate status at this conference.  This means that more than ever this year’s AHA meeting will be distinguished by a wide range of South Asia-related panels and activities.
SAHSA has sponsored and co-sponsored a number of panels devoted to South Asia, and I have listed these below for your convenience (they can also be found on pp. 24-25 of the conference program). 
But please note the following important events in particular:
SAHSA’s annual business meeting will take place on Friday, Jan 4, 5:00-6:30, in the Marriott’s Beauregard Room.  An agenda for the meeting is attached, and will include an important discussion about revising the society’s bylaws.  A document outlining suggested revisions is also attached.  Copies of this latter document will also be available at the meeting itself.
SAHSA will host a drinks/snacks reception on the same day, Friday, from 6:30-8:00.  The suite number (in the Marriott) will be announced at the business meeting and by email that morning.  Please drop by to socialize and bring your friends/spouses/colleagues.  Feel free to BYOB or partake of the wine supplied for a discretionary donation.
SAHSA and the Conference on Asian History are co-hosting a luncheon from 12:00 on Friday at Muriel’s Restaurant (on Jackson Square, at the corner of Chartres St and St Ann St.)  The cost is $45, and there are apparently a few tickets still left.  Please come support this initiative if you can.  The scheduled speaker, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, has had to withdraw because of another commitment in India, and so apart from the incredible food on offer we will be treated to a presentation on the state of Asian History in the United States by Barbara Ramusack, Ken Pomeranz, and George Wilson.
In what we hope will become a SAHSA-AHA tradition, SAHSA has sponsored a roundtable discussion of the 2011 Richards Book Prize winner, Farina Mir’s The Social Space of Language, with Rama Mantena, Bhavani Raman, Kavita Datla, Minnie Sinha, and Anand Yang.  This will take place on Saturday at 11:30am in  the Marriott’s Beauregard Room.
Please note that there is an error in the date of the prize book being discussed in the AHA program.  We hope to have a discussion of the 2012 Richards Prize winner – Doug Haynes’ Small Town Capitalism in Western India  - at the next AHA meeting in January 2014 in Washington DC!
The panel on oral history organized by Neilesh Bose (Saturday, 9:00 am, see page 25) now includes papers by Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas (“Comparative Intellectual History: the Frankfurt School, Subaltern Studies, and Modern Thought”); John Pincince, Loyola University of Chicago ("(De-)Colonizing Schmitt: Comparative States of Exception and the Colonial State"); and Dilip Menon, University of Witswatersrand, ("‘Tiny catastrophes’: autobiography in the time of dystopia").  The discussant will be Yoav Di-Capua, University of Texas-Austin.
The panel on gender in South Asia (Thursday, 3:30 pm, see page 24) has been cancelled.
#1 Thursday 1:00-3:00, Marriott La Galerie 3:  “Artisanal Labor in South Asia: Revisiting Historiography and Material Practices.”
#2 Thursday 1:00-3:00, Marriott Audobon Room:  “Reconceptualizing Hierarchies: Three Case Studies from South Asia.”
#3 Thursday 3:30-5:30, Sheraton Oak Alley Room:  “The Time of Literature in History: Reconsidering Literary/Historical Method in South and Southeast Asia.”
#5 Friday 8:30-10:00, Roosevelt Ballroom III:  “Environmental History of Asia: Accomplishments and Trends.”
#6 Friday 10:30-12:00, Sheraton Gallier Room: “Remembering Intermediaries in Colonial South India: Portuguese, British, and French Paradigms.”
#7 Friday 2:30-4:30, Marriott Preservation Hall, Studio 7: “Boundary Crossings: Circulating Ideas and Lives in South Asia, 1800-200.”
#8 Saturday 9:00-11:00, Marriott Beauregard Room: “Oral History and Intellectual History in Conversation: Methodological Innovation in Modern South Asia.”
#9 Saturday 11:30-1:30, Marriott Beauregard Room: “Richards Book Prize 2011 Roundtable.”
#10 Saturday 2:30-4:30, Marriott Balcony K: “Knowledge Production and European Expansion in Modern South and Southeast Asia.”
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
Michael S. Dodson
SAHSA President 2012
Anne Hardgrove
SAHSA Vice-President and President-Elect

SAHSA officers for 2013

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce two new additions to SAHSA's governing body for 2013.  Please note that as we received only one nomination for incoming Vice-President there will be no election this year.

Neilesh Bose, who is Assistant Professor at North Texas University, will be SAHSA's Vice-President in 2013 and President in 2014.  Neilesh works on the literary and cultural history of Bengali Muslims around the turn of the 20th century

Faisal Chaudhry, who is ACLS new faculty fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, will be SAHSA's Secretary-Treasurer.  Faisal's research focuses on South Asian legal history, and his background in law will be crucial as SAHSA files for non-profit status next year.

Best wishes,


Minutes for SAHSA informal business meeting - Madison, Oct 12, 2012

The minutes for the SAHSA informal business meeting are now available to review.  Please see the attached pdf file.