Recent Events

Guest Lecture

"The Media in India: How Free? How Fair?"
Siddharth Varadarajan

When: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 4:00pm

Location: Fred Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute

Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award (India’s most prestigious award in journalism).

He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, besides working at the Times of India and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory at Shiv Nadar University, Delhi.

This lecture is sponsored by South Asia Studies Program, Office for International Programs, and the Reynolds Institute of Journalism.

Free and open to the public

Guest Lecture

“Modernizing a Hindu Temple: Kālīghāṭ in Colonial and Contemporary Calcutta”
Dr. Deonnie Moodie, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4:00pm
Location: Cornell Hall 42

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and The Rufus Monroe & Sofie Hougaard Paine Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the South Asia Studies Program

Free and open to the public

Free Film Screening!

"Mary Kom" directed by Omung Kumar, 2014, 122 min. (in Hindi with English subtitles)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 7 p.m.
101 Switzler Hall

This award winning and uplifting bio-pic tells the story of Indian boxer Mangte Chungneijang (M.C.) Mary Kom, nicknamed “Magnificent Mary.” She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She was the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she won the bronze medal in the flyweight category.
Starring Priyanka Chopra, Mary Kom is based on Kom’s autobiography, Unbreakable.

This screening is sponsored by the University of Missouri South Asian Studies program.

Free refreshments provided!

For more information about the film, check out this interview with Mary Kom in the Indian Express:

Guest Lecture

Professor Shelley Feldman
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University


“Othering as a Social Project: State, Law, and Land Relations in Contemporary Bangladesh”


Justifying religious difference as a threat to national security, the enactment of the Vested Property Act, whose legacy dates back to the period of East Pakistan, marks Bangladeshi Hindus as citizens whose allegiance to the country is always and already suspect. This paper explores the social production of Hindu difference through legal claims to the right to private property. I draw on shifting policy reforms to show how land rights and the control of private property, embedded in historical, social, political, and cultural relations, shape the security of people and their subjectivity. I argue that constructions of Hindu identity are marked by particular relations of social inclusion that are consequential for how rights claims are enacted in the interests of private accumulation.


September 18, 2015, 3:00 pm


Middlebush Hall 309