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Schedule | 2018 Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on South Asia

Welcome Remarks


Imperial Identities, Imperial Afterlives

Chair: REN Chao, PhD student, History

Brittany Puller, PhD student, Asian Languages & Cultures
The Making of a Masand: Sikh Agents and Political Actors in 17th Century Punjab

Rachel Hirsch, Masters student, South Asian Studies
The Sivalayatirth and the Formation of Imperial Identity

Matt Schissler, PhD student, Anthropology
Primordial, Postcolonial, Foretold: Historicizing Violence against Rohingya in Myanmar

11:10am – 12pm

Mediations of Mobility

Chair: Vishnupriya Das, PhD student, Communication Studies

Sriram Mohan, PhD student, Communication Studies
Transacting to Belong: Mobile Payments and the Mediation of Technological Citizenship in Digital India

Padma Chirumamilla, School of Information
“By the Grace of Ramoji Rao, My Job Survived”: Television Stories from Andhra Pradesh

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Innovating the Modern

Chair: TBD

Conner Singh Vanderbeek, PhD student, Ethnomusicology
Whose Punjab? Bhangra, Gurdas Maan, and the Multi-temporal Sikh Framing of Indian Punjab

Swarnim Khare, PhD student, Asian Languages & Cultures
Literary Innovation in Dalit Women's Writing in Hindi

2:20pm – 4:00pm

City Dreaming

Chair: TBD

Janaki Phillips, PhD student, Anthropology
The Chill of Ghosts and the Weight of History: Engagements with Shimla's Haunted Architectural Heritage

Amit Ittyerah, PhD student, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Commodity Architecture, the City, and Beyond: Emerging Urban Morphologies along National Highway 1

Salman Hussain, PhD student, Anthro-History
Gulfee City: Provincial Dreams

4:10pm – 6:00pm:

Keynote Address

Professor Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
Towards a Non-sovereign Politics? Rethinking "Religion" with Gandhi