Welcome to the Program in South Asian Studies 

The Program in South Asian Studies offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study the political, economic, social, and religious institutions of India and Pakistan. With an interdisciplinary curriculum reflecting the wide-ranging perspectives available at Princeton, the Program in South Asian Studies is committed to promoting a comprehensive understanding of the pre-modern and modern histories of these two states as well as of their contemporary institutions and relations with neighboring South Asian nations and the rest of the world. Navigate this Web site with the buttons to the left to learn more about the program and the requirements for an undergraduate Certificate of Proficiency.



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Spring 2015

Speaker Series

Monday, February 16
The Rise of Digital Colonialism and the Supra Surveillance State and its Impact on India and South Asia after Snowden
Neville Roy Singham, founder and chairman, ThoughtWorks (New York)
219 Aaron Burr Hall
4:30 p.m

Thursday, February 19
A ‘Close Inspection’ of 19th Century Sikh Architecture in Lahore
Nadhra Naeem Khan, Fulbright fellow; Lahore University
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Thursday, March 5
Ambedkar’s Pragmatism and the Turn toward Buddhism
Scott R. Stroud, visiting fellow, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics; University of Texas, Austin
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Monday, March 9
Twenty Years After: Inequality, Agrarian Distress and Farm Suicides
P. Sainath, visiting lecturer; freelance journalist; former rural affairs editor of The Hindu
219 Aaron Burr Hall
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2
Anthropomorphic Techniques for Connecting with Stones in the Worship of Mount Govardhan
David Haberman, Indiana University
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Thursday, April 9
Postponements: On Diagnosing Tuberculosis in India
Bharat Venkat, postdoctoral research associate, WWS
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Other Events

Friday, February 27
South Asian Studies Conference
Gender and Sexuality in Hindi-Urdu Literature and Arts
219 Aaron Burr Hall
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, April 17-18
South Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
Technologies and Traditions
219 Aaron Burr Hall
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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