Call for Participants: State of the Field Lectures

Debjani Bhattacharyya's picture
October 12, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Law and Legal History

The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce its inaugural “State of the Field Lectures” to be held at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Organized by the affiliated faculty members of the Center, these lectures, followed by a workshop will aim to foster professional development of graduate students and faculty members who are broadly interested in researching and teaching in the area of South Asia. Invited speakers will provide the broad contours of a research field that would simultaneously help in thinking about researching as well as enabling the development of a curriculum to teach innovative and cross disciplinary courses.

            The two speakers for the inaugural lecture series will be Prof. Julia Stephens (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University) who will deliver a lecture on “Haunted Archives: Tracing Diasporic Deaths Across Britain’s Indian Ocean Empire” and Dr. Kalyani Ramnath (Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics, Centre for History and Economics, Harvard University) who will deliver a lecture on “Legal Histories and Affective Geographies: Reimagining the Bay of Bengal”.

            This event will begin at 9 AM on October 12th and the two sessions will conclude with lunch for all participants by about 2 PM.

            We invite graduate students and faculty members (of all ranks) who are broadly interested in South Asia (even beyond the themes of these talks) to participate in this event. Since seating will be limited we encourage interested participants to send in an expression of interest to the contact information provided below. While this event is free and open to all, preference will be given to faculty members affiliated with the South Asia Center as well as members of its partner institutions. Limited funds will be available for curriculum development to help faculty incorporate the workshop materials into their teaching.

            Please email your name, affiliation and your broad fields of research and teaching to Arvind Elangovan ( and Debjani Bhattacharyya ( by September 30th, 2019.

Contact Info: 

For any further questions about this event please contact: Prof. Arvind Elangovan ( and/or Prof. Debjani Bhattacharyya (


For administrative queries, travel information and for additional information about the affiliate program at the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania, please contact: Ms. Rachael Hickson ( and Ms. Mollie Laffin-Rose (



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