At the AHA Meeting this January, I will participate in a roundtable panel on teaching Asian histories for non-specialists. That is, my contribution to the panel will be to make recommendations for teaching strategies and resources for South Asian history to an audience of specialists in other (East and Southeast) Asian histories. Of course I have strategies and resources that I use, but I thought I might draw on the considerable experience of the SAHSA membership in compiling a more complete list that could be made available to the panel's audience.
1. Assuming a non-specialist is likely to teach a one-semester introductory course, what textbook or textbooks would you recommend or do you use?
2. Do you require students to read (and buy) stand-alone primary sources, for example, an edition of _Hind Swaraj_ or other political tracts; modernist novels, short stories, or other belles lettres; _Rg Veda_, _Arthasastra_, or other Sanskrit texts (available through Penguin or elsewhere); travel literature (from translations of al-Biruni's journals to British memoirs of the interwar period).
3. Do you use public-domain digitized resources? These might include entire web sites (harappa.com); full-text or facsimile reproductions of whole or partial texts; newspaper or journal archives; maps; photographic slides of historical sites or structures?
Thanks in advance for your contributions.
Materials for our three candidates for the position of VP 2012/President 2013 are now available. You may access the candidates CV, as well as a brief statement about their vision for the organization when you log in to the website.
Please take your time reviewing each candidate's materials; you may vote only once. Voting will end on November 8 at 11:45pm.
We are all very fortunate to have three such wonderful candidates, each willing to work on behalf of our field. Please join me in thanking them for their candidacy and wishing them luck!
Sincerely, Lisa Trivedi
SAHSA members will have the opportunity to gather at the Annual South Asia Conferece in Madison, this Saturday, October 22nd, between 7-8 am in Parlor Room 607 for a breakfast meeting. This is an open meeting at which breakfast will be available for those who have booked in advance (if you are still interested and would like to sign up please contact me immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to bring along colleagues who have not yet joined the organization. The organization seeks to engage scholars from any discipline; no need to be a historian in order to join.
We have four items of business before us for the meeting: our goals and potential panels for the 2013 AHA in New Orleans, the election for VP 2012-13 and Pres. 2013-14, website development, and membership. If you have any concerns you would like to raise, please feel free to contact Michael Dodson and I so that we may work the subject into our meeting.