Upcoming Events

Cornell International Fair

September 4th, 2019 - 11:30AM-2:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: First Floor Terrace

The Cornell International Fair showcases hundreds of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to internationalize their Cornell experience. Drop by to talk with faculty, staff, and program reps about study abroad, exchanges, language study, international majors and minors, fellowships, internships, courses with international travel, service learning, and more. This event is...


Gendered labor migration control: intermediaries navigating il/legal trajectories between Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, by Susanne Asman

September 9th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This paper sets out to explore how the intermediaries in the infrastructure of the migration industry navigate the state’s gendered labor migration control during the labor recruitment process mainly in sending but also in receiving country, here Nepal and the United Arab Emirate and what consequences this have for women’s and men’s labor migration. Despite the necessary role of...


Film Screening - Neeli Raag (True Blue), followed by Q&A with Director Swati Dandekar

September 9th, 2019 - 7:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Indigo is not just a color, it never was... it was wealth, it was mystique, it was colonialism, tyranny and protest. It made history, but itself fell prey to the events and processes of time, until one day it seemed to disappear.  As the world begins to demand natural dyes once again, it is back in the spot light. The stubborn dreamers who refused to forget their craft feel vindicated, but...


Tagore lecture: The Clay Typewriter, by Anuradha Roy

September 20th, 2019 - 4:30PM

Location: A.D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

This lecture will discuss how mud and words are connected in my work; how earth, water, air, and fire fusing to create pots is a metaphor for the way in which real and imagined archives can come together in a writer’s imagination and result in fictional worlds. I expand on this metaphor by talking about how one particular fictional world came about for me through my discovery of the German a...


Conscripting Kinsmen: Labor Contractors and Peasant-Workers in India and China, by T G Suresh

September 23rd, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The thekedar in India and the baogong tou in China are seemingly similar social actors; both are vernacular designations for labor contractors who typically band together a group of rural peasants for working in the urban sectors. Familiar to labor historians in the colonial context of India and in the late imperial and Republican periods in China, they are essentially traditional labor recruiters...


Pyrrhic Constitutionalism? Buddhism, Secularism and the Limits of Law in Sri Lanka, by Benjamin Schonthal

September 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: TBD

Of the seven countries in South and Southeast Asian with majority-Buddhist populations, six give special status and/or protections to Buddhism in their constitutions. These constitutional prerogatives give clear symbolic prestige to the majority religion. Yet what effects do such prerogatives have on the ways in which citizens understand and practice Buddhism in their daily lives? Do “Buddhi...


Film Screening - Reason, Parts 1 - 4

October 28th, 2019 - 4:45PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Those who witnessed the scientific spirit fostered by the Enlightenment would scarcely believe that over 400 years later, Faith would still have an upper hand over Reason. Today as technologically advanced nations still debate the merits of Creationism and Evolution, the developing world falls prey to blind faith and religious war. Everywhere privatization and a rush to corner ever-depleting natur...


Film Screening - Reason, Parts 5 - 8, followed by Q&A with Director Anand Patwardhan

October 28th, 2019 - 7:30PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Those who witnessed the scientific spirit fostered by the Enlightenment would scarcely believe that over 400 years later, Faith would still have an upper hand over Reason. Today as technologically advanced nations still debate the merits of Creationism and Evolution, the developing world falls prey to blind faith and religious war. Everywhere privatization and a rush to corner ever-depleting natur...

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