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Conference on contemporary Hindi/Urdu literature and arts

A conference on “Contemporary Hindi/Urdu Literature and Arts” will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 6 – 7, 2013, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Program in South Asian Studies (SAS) and the Council of the Humanities.

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by December 5, 2013 to Jayne Bialkowski at or 609-258-2635**

The conference, which begins on December 6 at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by Isabelle Clark-Decès, a professor of anthropology and director of SAS, was organized by Fauzia Farooqui, a lecturer with SAS/Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

The first panel, “Querying the Canon: New Perspectives on Urdu Poetry,” features Mehr Afshan Farooqi, University of Virginia; Syed Akbar Hyder, University of Texas, Austin; and Sean Pue, Michigan State University. The discussant is Frances Pritchett, Columbia University.

The second panel, “Women’s Writing in Hindi/Urdu: Images and Enactment,” features Shobna Nijhawan, New York University, and Sadaf Jaffer, Harvard University. The discussant is Preetha Mani, Rutgers University.

The third panel, “Locating Hindi Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond,” features Jyotika Virdi, University of Windsor, Canada; Tejaswini Ganti, New York University; and Katy Hardy, University of Pennsylvania. The discussant is Rich Cohen, University of Virginia.

The first session concludes at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, December 7, the conference continues at 9 a.m. with a panel on “Language is Experience: Dalit Literature in Hindi/Urdu.” Panelists include Arun Prabha Mukherjee, York University, Canada; Sarah Waheed, Oberlin College; and Joel Lee, Columbia University. The discussant is Frederick Smith, University of Iowa.

The final panel, “Aesthetics of Violence and Desire in Hindi/Urdu Fiction,” features Laura Brueck, North Western University, and Bilal Hashmi, New York University. Mustafa Menai, University of Pennsylvania is the discussant.

The second session concludes at 1 p.m.

For the conference agenda, including talk titles, click here.

For more information contact Jayne Bialkowski (609-258-2635).