As South Asia experiences rapid and unprecedented transformation, both scholarly and public interest in the region has grown dramatically in recent years. A large new generation of graduate students working on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences is in the process of rethinking approaches to the study of South Asian culture, society, politics, economics, law, history, literature, and the arts.
South Asia by the Bay is a brand new initiative based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It aims to establish an annual forum where graduate students from across disciplines and institutions in North America, who work on South Asia, can meet to discuss their work with each other, and with South Asia affiliated faculty from the organizing institutions (Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Santa Cruz).
Plenary addresses will be given by Kamran Ali from the University of Texas, Austin, Raka Ray from University of California, Berkeley, Anjali Arondekar from University of California, Santa Cruz, Sudipta Sen from University of California, Davis, Priti Ramamurthy from the University of Washington, Marc Galanter from Stanford University, and Sharika Thiranagama from Stanford University and the New School.
Additionally, there will be an interactive session with faculty on the international job market in South Asian studies, film screening by and discussion with Mumbai based filmmaker Surabhi Sharma, art exhibitions, and social events for conference participants.