We are looking forward to a good showing of South Asianists at the 2011 AHA. There are many South Asia panels in this year’s program so do take a close look at what the conference has to offer. We would like to alert you to several SAHSA related sessions.
Friday, January 7th AHA Business Meeting and Barbara Metcalf’s Presidential Address, beginning at 8:30 pm in Ballroom C (Hynes Convention Center).
Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. In collaboration with the Coordinating Council of Women's Historians, SAHSA has organized two sessions (148 & 186) “South Asia and the Future(s) of Feminist Historiography: A Workshop on the Politics of Comparison.” The sessions begin with a paper by Professor Mrinalini Sinha (U Michigan) on the state of the field on South Asian gender and sexuality. Her paper will be followed by comments by a set of distinguished commentators who work on non-Western gender and sexuality (outside a South Asia context.)
Saturday evening between 6-7:30 pm in Grand Ballroom Salon C, SAHSA is hosting a discussion of the recent Ayodhya decision. “Political Religion in South Asia.” Facilitators for our discussion are Faisal Devji (Oxford U), Gyan Pandey (Emory U), and Yasmin Sakia (Arizona State U).
Immediately following the discussion, SAHSA will hold its annual business meeting in Grand Ballroom Salon C from 7:30-8 pm or so. Please join us to reflect upon the last year because we have a lot to celebrate. Bring your ideas for the organization for the next two years as we assume a new status in the AHA.
I am planning to attend the MARAAS Conference Penn State 22-24 October this year. I would very much like to make use of the intervening time to visit academic centres and give a lecture/seminar. Possible topics/titles are listed below
1. White man's first burden :Educating the half-castes and civilizing the natives
2. Colonial uses of science and differential native responses
3. Hindus, Muslims and English education
4. Ancient India: Discovery versus invention
5.Seductive orientalism :English education and modern science in India
6. Scriptures, science and mythology ; Role of astronomy in Indian cultures.
Dear Friends, I am pleased to report that as of January 28, 2010, the Richards Prize Fund stands at $19, 450 This figure includes:1) Contributions from 39 individuals (varying between contributions of $2000 and above, to figures under $100): $17, 950 2) Pledge from the Sydney Stern Memorial Trust : $1500 As you know, this is nowhere near the 50K that we need to endow a prize in South Asian History. On behalf of Sumit Guha, chair of the Richards Prize fund-raising committee, I encourage you to consider making a contribution (of any amount) to the fund. We would like to involve everyone in this fund-raising venture, and encourage each and every one of you to think of creative ways in which we might raise the funds to support the book prize during these difficult times. Comments and suggestions? email@example.com Thank you,Anupama Rao, President SAHSA (for the Board and Ex. Comm)