SAHSA at the 2014 AHA




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Society for Advancing the History Of South Asia                  AHA 2014
AHA Session 21:
Political Violence as Anti--‐Colonial Critique: Algeria, India, Kenya
Thursday, January 2, 2014: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Washington Room 5 (Marriott Wardman Park) Exhibition Level, Exhibit Hall B North
Chair/Discussant: Durba Ghosh, Cornell University
Physical and Symbolic Violence and the Colonization of Algeria Benjamin Claude Bower, University of Texas at Austin
“Action” & Interpretation: Political Violence, Terrorism, & Revolution in Interwar India Kama Maclean, New South Wales

Citizenship, Sovereignty, and Violence in Late Colonial Kenya Caroline M. Elkins, Harvard University

AHA Session33:
Famine In Continental Asia: Comparative Perspectives on Environment, Market,
State, and Society, 1700–1950
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South (Marriott Wardman Park)
Mezzanine Level
Yaron Ayalon, Ball State University                    Sarah I. Cameron, University of Maryland at College Park
Ranin Kazemi, Kansas State University                                                   Lillian M. Li, Swarthmore College
Mridu Rai, Trinity College at Dublin
AHA Session40:
Radical and Revolutionary Thought In British India: Rewriting India’s Twentieth--‐Century Intellectual History
Thursday, January 2, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM Columbia Hall 3 (Washington Hilton) – Terrace Level
Chair: Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales
Revolutionary Visions in British India: Bismil and Bhagat Singh, 1924–31 Aparna Vaidik, Georgetown
Political Aesthetics and Progressive Writers, 1940s–60s Maia A. Ramnath, UC Santa Cruz
Radical Visions of India’s Past: Poetics of Maratha National History Janaki Bakhle, UC Berkeley
Comment: Vinayak Chaturvedi, University of California, Irvine
AHA Session 97:
Using Petitions as a Source for South Asian History
Friday, January 3, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Columbia Hall 7 (Washington Hilton)
Terrace Level:
Chair/Discussant: Bhavani Raman, Princeton University
Indian Petitions as a Literature of Complaint in Early Colonial Bengal Robert Travers, Cornell U
Election Petitions and the Meaning of the People’s Sovereignty David P. Gilmartin, NC State Univ.
Cows and Constitutionalism: Writ Petitions in the Indian Republic Rohit De, University of Cambridge
Conference on Asian History Luncheon (may pre-register at AHA registration)
Friday, January 3, 2014: 12:15 PM-1:45 PM Wilson Room B (Marriott Wardman Park)
Mezzanine Level – Wilson Foyer
Presiding: Stefan Tanaka, University of California, San Diego
Speaker: Thomas S. Mullaney, Stanford University
Waiting for Cadmus: Chinese Script in the Age of Alphanumeric Hegemony, 1871–Present
AHA Session 118:
Place, Personhood, and Ethnicity in Military Service of South Asia, 1650–1900
Friday, January 3, 2014: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM Columbia Hall 11 (Washington Hilton) ---
Terrace Level
Chair: Terenjit Sevea, University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Retaking the Frontier: Ethnicity, Military, and Space in the NE & NW, 1850–1900 Catherine Warner, UW Seattle
Heterogeneous Military Labor Market and the Making of the Gorkhali Empire in the Himalayas
Sanjog Rupakheti, Loyola U New Orleans
Between Imperial Bookends: An Inquiry into the Histories of Afghan Princely States Naveena Naqvi, UCLA
The Horse, Conspicuous Consumption, and Embodied Masculinity in Persianate South Asia, 1650–1800
Monica Meadows, UW Seattle
Prescribed Modernities: Debates On Violence, Gendered Bodies,and Secularism
Friday, January 3, 2014: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM Calvert Room (Omni Shoreham) Lobby Level
Chair: Anne Hardgrove, University of Texas at San Antonio
Engendering War and Violence in 1971: Memories as Records of an Alternative History of the Pakistan Army
Yasmin Saikia, Arizona State University
Neo-Liberalizing Secularism: Transnational Feminisms & the Politics of Authenticity Dina Siddiqi, BRAC Univ.
Purdah, Piety, and Progress: Competing Notions of the Modern Woman in East Bengal, 1947–71
Elora Shehabuddin, Rice University
Comment: Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas and Monan Ahmed Asif, Columbia University
Small Town Capitalism in Western India:
Discussion of the John Richards Prizewinning Book
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Congressional Room B (Omni Shoreham) Lobby Level
Chair: Abigail McGowan, University of Vermont
Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas
Anne Hardgrove, UT San Antonio
Howard Spodek, Temple University
Anand A. Yang, UW Seattle
Comment: Douglas E. Haynes, Dartmouth College
AHA Session 170:
Muslim Itinerants, Migrants, and Settlers In Early Modern and Modern South Asia
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Columbia Hall 4 (Washington Hilton) --- Terrace Level
Chair/Comment: Ali Anooshahr, University of California, Davis
Shaykh Khattu, Sayyid ’Abdullah, and the Process of “Settling” in 15th C Gujarat Jyoti Gulati Balachandran,
Colgate University
The Career(s) and Memory of Neknam Khan in Seventeenth-Century Deccan Subah Dayal, UCLA
Faqirs Running Amok in Malay Port Cities: "Mad" Migrants from Gujarat and the Coromandel Coast
Terenjit Sevea, U Penn
AHA Session 197:
Planning (and) the Market: Revisiting Development and State in South Asia Fifty Years after
Nehru’s Passing
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM Harding Room (Marriott Wardman Park) Mezzanine
Level – Wilson Foyer
Chair/Comment: David Ludden, New York University
Planning for What? The Relationship between Improvement, Development, and Growth before the Nehruvian
State Faisal Iqbal Chaudhry, University of Pennsylvania
The Uses of History in Indian Economic Thinking Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College
The Developmental Imagination and India Benjamin Zachariah, University of Heidelberg
Agricultural Development Techno-Science in Nehruvian State Madhumita Saha, Appalachian State
SAHSA Business Meeting
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Wilson Room C (Marriott Wardman Park)
Mezzanine Level – Wilson Foyer
Anne Hardgrove, University of Texas at San Antonio Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas
Peepli Live
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Delaware Suite (Marriott Wardman Park)
Lobby Level
Anusha Rizvi, writer and director, Aamir Kahan and Kiran Rao, producers, Mahmood Farooqui, co-director (Aamir
Khan Productions, UTV, 2010) Peepli Live is a feature film that examines the topic of “farmer suicides” in India.
The film tells the story of two brothers who are bankrupt. A local moneylender suggests that one of brothers should commit suicide in order to qualify for a government assistance program set up to pay families only after a suicide. The government subsidy will help save the family farm, but the question is which brother will end his life for the sake of the rest of the family? As the brothers attempt to sort out this conundrum, the local newspaper starts covering the story of the brothers’ dilemma. Through social media, the news item spreads nationally and becomes a media sensation. The resolution of the brothers’ problem is an indictment of the
nature of the culture of late capitalism in a postcolonial context. Further, Rizvi’s film provides an important critique of state policies and the role of new media in India today.
Rajit Mazumder, DePaul University, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.
SAHSA--‐CAH Reception
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 5:30 PM-7:00+ PM
Come share good conversation, light food and drinks. Cash contributions welcome.
LOCATION: Marriot Wardman Park, TBA Suite of Stefan Tenaka
Once Stefan gets the Suite Number, we will send out an email message through SAHSA’s website.
Location will also be announced at the SAHSA Business Meeting and Peepli Live.