SAHSA membership email August 2012

Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the new academic year.
During the course of the summer SAHSA leadership has been working to organize the first set of SAHSA-sponsored and co-sponsored panels at the AHA annual meeting in January 2013.  A full list of events can be found below, and as you’ll see it is a full slate of very interesting panels.  Of particular note, we will hold our regular business meeting on Friday January 4th, in the late afternoon, followed by a drinks reception.  As well, we will be co-hosting with the Conference on Asian History (CAH) a lunch gathering at Muriel’s restaurant, in the French Quarter, on the same Friday.  Sanjay Subrahmanyam will be the guest speaker at this event.  We’ll send more information about this luncheon and the AHA conference later in the year.
As you are undoubtedly aware, the annual Madison South Asia conference is coming up in a few weeks’ time (October 11-14).  SAHSA will hold an unofficial business meeting on Friday October 12th, 12:30-1:30, in Parlor 638.  We will in all likelihood be offering a box lunch for $20 (I know …).  We hope to have a beta version of the newly designed SAHSA website available to view at that time, and we will also begin discussion on effective governance structures within the organization.  An agenda for the meeting and a further reminder will be sent in late September.
We are also approaching the time for nominations for an incoming vice-president (2013) / president (2014).  If you know someone who you think is suitable please ask if they are willing to be nominated, and do consider self-nominations as well.  A formal call for nominations will be sent to membership shortly.
All best wishes,
Michael S. Dodson, SAHSA President 2012
Anne Hardgrove, SAHSA Vice-President and President-Elect
Society for Advancing the History of South Asia
Panels and Events
AHA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013
Thursday January 3, 2013:
Reconceptualizing Hierarchies: Three Case Studies from South Asia
Thursday, January 3, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Audubon Room
Sponsor:  SAHSA
Chair: Ramnarayan S. Rawat, University of Delaware
Ramya Sreenivasan, University of Pennsylvania
Rochisha Narayan, Yale University
Sanjog Rupakheti, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Comment: Ramnarayan S. Rawat, University of Delaware
22. Artisanal Labor in South Asia: Revisiting Historiography and Material Practices
Thursday, January 3, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
New Orleans Marriott, La Galerie 3
Co-Sponsors:  SAHSA & Labor and Working-Class History Association
Chair: Lisa Trivedi, Hamilton College
Douglas E. Haynes, Dartmouth College
Pankhuree Dube, Emory University
Edward S. Cooke Jr., Yale University
Comment: Abigail McGowan, University of Vermont
Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
Thursday, January 3, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Audubon Room
Sponsor: SAHSA
Chair: Catherine Candy, University of New Orleans
Yasmin Saikia, Arizona State University
Barbara N. Ramusack, University of Cincinnati
Melia Belli, University of Texas at Arlington
Rachel Berger, Concordia University
52. The Time of Literature in History: Reconsidering Literary/Historical Method in South and Southeast Asia
Thursday, January 3, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Sheraton New Orleans, Oak Alley Room
Co-Sponsor:  SAHSA
Chair: Sumit Guha, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Michael Charney, University of Tokyo
Farina Mir, University of Michigan
Bhavani Raman, Princeton University
Rama Mantena, University of Illinois
Friday January 4, 2013:
79. Environmental History of Asia: Accomplishments and Trends
Friday, January 4, 2013: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Roosevelt New Orleans, Roosevelt Ballroom III
Co-Sponsor: SAHSA
Chair: Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University
David Biggs, University of California, Riverside
Kenneth Pomeranz, University of Chicago
Mahesh Rangarajan, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Comment: Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University
104. Remembering Intermediaries in Colonial South India: Portuguese, British, and French Paradigms
Friday, January 4, 2013: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sheraton New Orleans, Gallier Room
Co-Sponsor: SAHSA
Chair: Danna Agmon, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Ines G. Zupanov, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Danna Agmon, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University
Comment: Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Joint Luncheon, SAHSA & the Conference of Asian Historians
Friday, January 4, 2013: 12:00-1:30
Muriel’s Restaurant
Speaker:  Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA
122. Boundary Crossings: Circulating Ideas and Lives in South Asia, 1800–2000
Friday, January 4, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Preservation Hall, Studio 7
Co-Sponsor: SAHSA
Chair: Anand A. Yang, University of Washington Seattle
Michael H. Fisher, Oberlin College
Shailaja D. Paik, University of Cincinnati
Juned Shaik, Xavier University
Catherine Warner, University of Washington
SAHSA Business Meeting
Friday, January 4, 2013: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Beauregard Room
Presider: Michael S. Dodson, Indiana University Bloomington
Reception for Historians of South Asia
Friday, January 4, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Location TBA
Saturday January 5, 2013
Oral History and Intellectual History in Conversation: Methodological Innovation in Modern South Asia
Saturday, January 5, 2013: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
New Orleans Marriott, Beauregard Room
Sponsor:  SAHSA
Chair: John R. Pincince, Loyola University Chicago
Kris K. Manjapra, Tufts University
Iftekhar Iqbal, Dhaka University
Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas
Comment: John R. Pincince, Loyola University Chicago
The 2012 John F. Richards Book Prize Winner Discussion
Saturday, January 5, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Beauregard Room
Chair: Michael S. Dodson, Indiana University Bloomington
Speaker: Farina Mir, University of Michigan
Comment: Kavita Saraswathi Datla, Mount Holyoke College; Rama Mantena, University of Illinois; Bhavani Raman, Princeton University; Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Anand A. Yang, University of Washington Seattle
212. Knowledge Production and European Expansion in Modern South and South East Asia
Saturday, January 5, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott, Balcony K
Co-Sponsors: SAHSA & Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction
Chair: Martha Chaiklin, University of Pittsburgh
Michael S. Dodson, Indiana University Bloomington
John D. Rogers, American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies
Alicia Schrikker, Leiden University
Mrinalini Rajagopalan, University of Pittsburgh

SAHSA membership email May 2012

Dear colleagues,

After some unforeseen administrative delays, I’m very pleased to be able to announce that SAHSA has now been approved as an Affiliated Society to the American Historical Association.  This should be officially ratified by the AHA later this summer.  Our sincere thanks must go to Lisa Trivedi who was instrumental in preparing the documentation for our application last year during her Presidency. 

In practice what this means is that SAHSA can now be recognized as a co-sponsor of accepted panels at the AHA, as well as sponsor additional panels, roundtables, and associated activities to take place at the annual AHA meeting outside of the formal panel approval process, which is normally completed in late April.  (You’ll have seen from the recent AHA membership email that the AHA’s Program Committee was only able to approve 42% of panel applications this year!)  This is an exciting development as it will allow SAHSA to effectively conduct a mini “conference within a conference” at the AHA devoted solely to South Asian history.  SAHSA leadership and membership is, in other words, essentially empowered through its affiliate status to take greater control over South Asian content at the AHA annual meeting.

We strongly encourage our SAHSA members to continue to submit panels through the regular AHA process, which has the advantage of being part of the official AHA program, including AHA payment of technology fees.  But now that we have been approved as an affiliated society, SAHSA will implement a formal procedure whereby the organization’s executive committee will oversee the development of  SAHSA-sponsored panels, receptions, events, and roundtable discussions, including the re-evaluation of any panels rejected by the AHA’s Program Committee.  

This year, however, because our affiliation was granted long after the AHA call for proposals deadline, we will adopt an ad hoc process.  At the moment we are planning, in addition to our usual business meeting, to conduct a roundtable discussion of the previous year’s Richards Prize winner (this year, Farina Mir’s book The Social Space of Language).  We hope that this will be a regular event in future.

SAHSA members who are interested in proposing a further event (roundtable, panel, etc.), or who wish to have their rejected panel reconsidered, for SAHSA sponsorship at the 2013 AHA meeting should get in contact with me and Anne at the earliest possible juncture.  The absolute deadline for submission of affiliate-sponsored events is May 15 (next Tuesday) and we will need some time to internally discuss these amongst members of SAHSA’s executive committee.  Please note as well that affiliate-sponsored panels that require AV carry a financial charge that must be borne (at this time, at least) by participants.  This is standard practice for any affiliated-society events that are outside the regular AHA program.

Let us both wish you all a productive break as we move into the summer months.  At SAHSA we will be working on our website redesign and move, as well as reformulating a structure of governance and administration that reflects the needs of our new affiliate status, and which we hope to discuss with membership at Madison in October and in New Orleans in January.

Michael S. Dodson
SAHSA President (2012)

Anne Hardgrove
SAHSA Vice-President and President-Elect

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