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Thursday, October 5th, 2017
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs CampusStern Lounge AUSTIN 217
Guest Lecture by Anita Mannur of Miami University at Oxford, OH
âThe Tiffin Box, Epistolarity and Intimate Failuresâ
In this presentation Professor ANITA MANNUR will examine the value of turning to visual culture to examine how gender roles are being reimagined within the context of gendered household economy. She focuses her analysis on Ritesh Batraâs film The Lunchbox, a surprising hit in late 2013 and contender for Indiaâs official nomination to the Oscar foreign film award.
Batraâs feature-length film is one of the few to structure its story around the âfailureâ of the dabbawalla (Indiaâs lunchbox delivery system). When a lunchbox is delivered to the wrong address, Saajan the office worker who receives the unintended epistle (the meal) responds in kind with his own epistleâin his case a letter written in English. Over a series of weeks, the erroneous exchanges of epistles continue. The sender, Ila sends her âculinaryâ messages in the form of delicious meals packed into a tiffin, accompanied by a letter written in Marathi, and Saajan responds with his own epistle written in English, enclosed in the empty dabba. Through this serendipitous error, these two strangers build a relationship that develops entirely through the exchange of written and culinary epistles.
Prof. Mannurâs talk asks what productive intimacies might emerge in the spaces through which human error and fallibility fail to secure the kinds of intimacies that the dabbawalla system is designed to broker, and ultimately focuses on reinserting the place of the female in the domestic space in understanding how to think through the narrative of the dabbawalla.
Anita Mannur is Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Editor in Chief of the Journal of Asian American Studies, her books include Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture, Eating Asian America: A Reader, and Theorizing Diaspora. She is also Director of Womenâs, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Free and Open to the Public, this event is sponsored by the Asian/Asian American Studies Institute. Please contact Cathy.Schlund-Vials@uconn.edu for more information.
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Storrs CampusStern Lounge AUSTIN 217
Author Reading and Talkback with Stephen Clingman of University Massachusetts at Amherst
âBirthmark: Divided Vision & the Coming of Perspectiveâ
Professor STEPHEN CLINGMAN will read from Birthmark (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), a memoir of divided vision in the divided world of apartheid South Africa. When Stephen was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned. Clingman takes the fact of that mark â its appearance, disappearance, and return â as a guiding motif of memory. In a beguiling narrative set on three continents, this is a story that is personal, painful, comic, and ultimately uplifting: a book not so much of the coming of age but the coming of perspective.
Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. He is also the author of Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, which won the Alan Paton Award, South Africaâs premier prize for non-fiction.
Copies of Birthmark will be available for purchase and may be personalized at this open to the public event. Contact Barnes & Noble at Storrs Center to order your copy in advance. For Info about this event, please email Cathy.Schlund-Vials@uconn.edu .
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Storrs CampusThe William Benton Museum of Art
Vibha Galhotra is a New Dehli based conceptual artist whose large-scale sculptures address the shifting topography of the world under the impact of globalization and growth. Her work dwells between belief and reality, public and personal, science and spirituality, personal
and public (common). The tradition-based beliefs about our environment stimulate her to compare the former with the present state of the environment in the age of Anthropocene and the latterâs impact on human health. The relational aspect of her work encourages her to seek meaningful collaborations through which she can be a part of the restructuring of culture, society and geography in her surroundings and around the world, responding to the rapid environmental changes and re-zoning of land. A recent awardee of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency in 2016, at present, she is an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of Anthropocene. Being an artist, Galhotra believes that aesthetics
and art can be a starting point towards addressing the adversities of the present and bringing in change. Her work, consequently, crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism. While she claims that she is an artist and not an activist, however, her work is imbued with social responsibility.
5 pm - Reception
5:30 pm - Talk
Co-sponsored by India Studies at the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.
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Thursday, October 26th, 2017
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs CampusARJONA 105
RADHA DEVI JOSHI FOUNDATION LECTURE Marking the 70th Anniversary of India's Independence / THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 at 3:30pm
Keynote by KARUNA MANTENA, Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. She holds a BSc(Econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics (1995), an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex (1996), and a PhD in Government from Harvard University (2004). Her research interests include modern political thought, modern social theory, the theory and history of empire, and South Asian politics and history.
Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (Princeton Univ. Press, 2010), analyzed the transformation of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology. Her current work focuses on political realism and the political thought of M.K. Gandhi.
Since 2011, Professor Mantena has served as co-director of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. And she is also currently the Chair of the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University.
RECEPTION OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING Q&A
CONTACT FOR UPDATES: Betty.Hanson@uconn.edu or Cathy.Schlund-Vials@uconn.edu