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Welcome Back 2023-2024!

October 3, 2023

Dear South Asia Students, Staff, Faculty, and Community Members,

Welcome back to another academic year! We have several new students and faculty joining us this year, and I extend a particularly warm welcome to them. We look forward to the many ways in which you will enrich our intellectual and social community. I would also like to extend immense gratitude to Professor Anand Yang who graciously and enthusiastically stepped in as Interim Director of the Center last year while I was on sabbatical.

We have many exciting events coming up this year, including talks and screenings by journalists, scholars, and filmmakers. I do hope you will be able to join us. You’ll find information about these events, our incoming students and faculty, faculty and student awards and honors, and new opportunities and announcements in what follows. In addition to this bulletin, please visit the South Asia Center’s homepage and follow us on social media for the latest news and updates. We wish you a generative, restorative, and safe school year, and thank you for your continued engagement with the Center.

Radhika Govindrajan
Director, South Asia Center
Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies

South Asia Studies at UW – Recent Highlights

  • Works by Prof. Sangram Majundar (School of Art) are on display at Jacob Lawrence Gallery through October 7
  • Prof. Heidi Pauwels (Asian Languages and Literature) led Ramayana reading group
  • Prof. Cabeiri Robinson (International Studies) co-edited Palgrave Handbook of New Directions in Kashmir Studies
  • Works by Prof. Kuldeep Singh (School of Art) are featured in an exhibition at Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai
  • Doctoral candidate Saad Khan (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) awarded Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for LGBTQ activism research in Bangladesh
  • Profs. Purnima Dhavan (History) and Heidi Pauwels (AL&L) received NEH grant for book Urdu’s Origins Revisited: Vali Dakhani’s Reception in Multilingual South Asia
  • Prof. Anu Taranath (English, Comparative History of Ideas) received AIIS senior research fellowship for project Rethinking Reciprocity: Identity, Social Justice, and the Politics of Global Educational Partnerships between the US & India
  • Prof. Priti Ramamurthy (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) awarded Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Kavita Dattani Joins GWSS as Assistant Professor

The South Asia Center welcomes new affiliate faculty member Kavita Dattani, who joins the Department of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies as Assistant Professor.

Dattani is a feminist researcher of digital technologies and data. Watch out for Dattani’s Winter and Spring courses on Gender and Feminism in an International Context; Digital Capitalism and Data Colonialism; and Introduction to Gender and Gig Work.

Read this GWSS post to learn more >

South Asia Center Events | Autumn 2023

All events are free, open to the public, and in person unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific.

Workshop on Migration and Health: Perspectives from South Asia
Sponsored by the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology and South Asia Center
Learn more >

Tortoise Under the Earth: Film Screening and Discussion
Film screening followed by panel discussion with filmmakers and scholars
In conjunction with Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
Learn more >

LECTURE | THU OCT 19 | 4PM | HRC 155
Plagues, Philanthropies, and the End of Imagination
Lecture from journalist Vidya Krishnan
Sponsored by Department of Global Health, Seattle TB Research Advancement Center, South Asia Center
Learn more >

LECTURE | THU NOV 30 | 5PM | KNE 110
The Last Heroes: Foot Soldiers of Indian Freedom
Lecture from columnist and author P. Sainath
Sponsored by South Asia Center
Learn more >

Save the Date | Winter and Spring 2024

Save the dates for our Winter and Spring 2024 speaker series:

THU JAN 25 | Kalyani Ramnath, University of Georgia
THU FEB 15 | Elora Shehabuddin, Berkeley University
THU MAR 7 | SherAli Tareen, Franklin & Marshall College
THU APR 11 | Naisargi Dave, Duke University
THU APR 25 | Panel: Global History of Abortion
THU APR 25 | Rupal Oza, CUNY
THU MAY 2 | Divya Cherian, Princeton University

Job: Assistant Teaching Professor of Hindi

The Department of Asian Languages & Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor in Hindi. The initial appointment, starting Autumn Quarter 2024, is for three years, with the possibility of renewal. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Hindi language courses at all levels, with the possibility of teaching courses in literature, linguistics, or culture. In addition, they will develop curricular and teaching materials, conduct placement tests, occasionally train and supervise teaching assistants, and perform departmental committee service.

Learn more >

2023-24 Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

The South Asia Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the following fellowships and scholarships for 2023-24.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Summer 2023

  • Abdulwajid Abdulwahid (MA, South Asia Studies) – Urdu, American Institute of Indian Studies
  • Musa Subramaniam (MA, South Asia Studies) – Urdu, South Asia Summer Language Institute

Academic Year 2023-24

  • Abdulwajid Abdulwahid (MA, South Asia Studies) – Urdu
  • Farrah Hasan (MMA, Marine Affairs) – Bangla
  • Anika Kharkar (JD and LLM, Law) – Hindi
  • Miranda Kumar (BA, Psychology) – Hindi
  • Shoaib Laghari (BA, Economics) – Urdu
  • Kaya Mallick (MA, South Asia Studies) – Hindi
  • Safaa Turner-Rahman (BA, International Studies) – Bangla
  • Hosanna Negash (JD, Law) – Hindi
  • Musa Subramaniam (MA, South Asia Studies) – Urdu

Learn more about FLAS Fellowships >
Learn more about South Asia FLAS Fellows >

Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asia Studies
  • Summer 2023: Sanahadbegam Shaikh (MA, South Asia Studies)
  • AY 2023-24: Nastasia Paul-Gera (PhD, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
  • AY 2023-24: Amaal Akhtar (PhD, History)
  • Summer 2024: Parul Behl (PhD, History)

Learn more about the Conlon Fellowship >

Indian American Community Services (IACS) Scholarship
  • Ananya Sikand (PhD, Art History)

Learn more about the IACS Scholarship >

A note of appreciation for our donors

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of our community donors. Your gifts are testaments to the value of international studies, language knowledge, and cultural understanding in a complex and interdependent world. Make a Gift >