Speaker Biographies

The seminar meets every second Monday from 5-6.30pm in the John Hope Franklin Center (Room 240) at Duke University. All those with an interest in Contemporary South Asia are welcome. Parking is available in the Pickens Medical Clinic, opposite the Franklin Center on Trent Drive. Directions to the Center

The seminar is chaired by Steven Wilkinson (Political Science), and administered by Nisa Moosa, from Duke's Center for South Asis Studies. Contact Nisa Moosa ( for details.

The seminar is grateful for financial support from the Office of the Provost, from Duke's Vice Provost for International Affairs, and from the Triangle South Asia Consortium.

The seminar welcomes suggestions for possible speakers to invite to campus, especially if you know of scholars, activists, civil servants or others who may be visiting the Triangle or the USA. Please contact Steven ( or Nisa with your suggestions.

Spring & Fall 2003 Schedule


All meetings in Franklin Center 240 (unless otherwise noted)


February 26 (7.00pm Perkins Library, Carpenter Board, Rm #223C)

Prof. Paul R. Brass (UW) "The Production of Hindu-Muslim Violence."

March 24

Prof. K. Sivaramakhrishnan (UW) "Circular Migrants as Rural Cosmopolitans in South India."

March 31(7.00pm Perkins Library, Carpenter Board, Rm #223C)

Prof. Pauline Luong (Yale) "The Global Roots of Radicalism."

March 31 (7.00pm)

Prof. Tanika Sarkar (JNU) "Sacred and Demonic Bodies: Muslim Women in Hindu Fascistic Narratives"

October 27 (7.00pm) Prof. Craig Jeffrey (U.Edinburgh)  "Low Caste Politics in North India: Status, Employment and Challenges to Caste-Based Notions of Difference"
November 13 (7.00pm)

Prof. Anna Bigelow (NCSU)  "Places of Power; Places of Peace: Sharing Sacred Sites in Punjab"

Previous (2002) Schedule


All meetings in Franklin Center 240


September 16

Prof.Sumit Ganguly (University of Texas). "India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Crisis."

September 30 (6.00pm)

Prof. Kanchan Chandra (MIT)  "Caste Politics in India."

October 21 (6.00pm)

Prof.Ebrahim Moosa (Duke)."The Politics of the Madrassas in South Asia."

November 4

Dr. M.Vijayannuni, IAS. Former Census Commissioner of India.
"Caste and the Census."

November 18

Prof. Yasmin Saikia (UNC). "Local Nationalism in South Asia."

Center for South Asia Studies, Duke University
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