Call for Applications: 2019 South Asian Studies Fellowships

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Cornell University’s South Asia Program (SAP) welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (only Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to visit Cornell University for a fellowship period of between two and four months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities. SAP has hosted two cohorts of fellows, in 2017 and 2018.

The South Asia Program will award two fellowships for residence at Cornell University between August and December 2019. Each Fellow will receive $6,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. SAP cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow. SAP can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability.

Cornell University’s South Asia Program is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 40 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to law, business, and public policy. The U. S. Department of Education has designated SAP as one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be resident in South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for dissertation or master’s degree research.
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.
  • Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible.

Application

Applications must be submitted online by the 14 January 2019 deadline via https://fundingapp.einaudi.cornell.edu. The application link is at the bottom of the menu on the right, under “External Grants.”

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposed project, the demonstrated capability of the applicant to complete the project, and the project’s fit with Cornell faculty specializations and other university resources (such as the library, curatorial and performance opportunities, etc.).

Applications must include:

  1. All information in the online form, including highest degree received.
  2. A two-page CV including institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and key publications/works produced.
  3. A two-page narrative explaining the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period, proposed dates for the fellowship, its relevance to your scholarly/artistic development, and which Cornell faculty and resources you would like to engage with.
  4. Email addresses of two recommenders. They will automatically receive an email with instructions for their letters of reference, which are due by 21 January 2019.

Please direct any questions to sap@einaudi.cornell.edu.

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CFP: The South Asia Graduate Student Conference XVI, U. Chicago, March 8-9, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

The South Asia Graduate Student Conference XVI
The University of Chicago, March 8–9, 2019

The organizing committee of the South Asia Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago is delighted to announce its sixteenth annual conference, South Asia: The Political, the Public, the Popular, to be held on March 8–9, 2019. We invite papers from graduate students at all levels to explore these categories in contemporary and historical South Asia.

In tracing the development of the political, the public, and the popular, we wish to interrogate both their mutually constitutive character and the limitations of their intersection. As these concepts have become increasingly widespread in scholarship on South Asia, we ask whether they require a distinct theorization that accounts for their application in the region. This year’s conference will take place a month before the general election in India and in the wake of major elections in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, posing the timely question of how democratic processes engage in and shape political life, the public sphere, and popular culture. At the same time, we welcome an understanding of the political that extends beyond governance and institutions to include its construction in and through the arts, mass culture, media, and entertainment.

We invite papers that interrogate topics such as:

  • Institutions, elections, and political representation
  • Politics of public space in everyday life
  • Censorship and regulation of popular culture
  • Mass communication and political mobilization
  • Religion and the politics of populism
  • Mass culture and art forms in the public sphere
  • Cinema, politics, and movie-going publics
  • Gender, caste, minorities, and subaltern counterpublics
  • Environmentalism in popular culture
  • South Asia and the global public sphere
  • Theorizations of “the political” in South Asia

Keynote speakers for the conference are Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and Pamela Philipose, the public editor of the Indian news website The Wire.

Graduate students at any level and any stage of research are encouraged to apply. Past conferences have accepted papers from such diverse fields as cinema and media studies, history, political science, literature, environmental studies, religious studies, art history, science studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sound and visual studies, but we welcome all disciplinary approaches and methodologies. Interested applicants should send a 250-word abstract to sagsc2019@gmail.com by January 4, 2019, and should apply as individuals, not as panels. Presentations should be 15–20 minutes long. Conference organizers will assist with travel and lodging for selected participants. Please write to us at the above address with any questions.

Download the CFP Flyer here

Organizing Committee:
Andrew Halladay, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Titas De Sarkar, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Zoya Sameen, Department of History

Faculty Advisor:
Laura Letinsky, Professor, Department of Visual Arts

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