Assistant Professor of Political Science

The successful candidate must be prepared to teach Introduction to Comparative Politics, relevant regional and thematic courses, and Political Science Research Methods, including Applied Quantitative Methods. Regional interest includes China, South Asia, and Latin America, particularly Mexico. Themes of interest include participation, human rights, politics, religion and development, and sustainable development. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Political Science (completion required by the time of appointment) and university-level teaching experience. Demonstrated success in research and publishing peer-reviewed works is necessary to achieve tenure. Research plans that could include undergraduates are highly preferred.

To ensure consideration please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent under separate cover to https://jobs.scu.edu/ and provide the following by August 21, 2015 via the PeopleAdmin system at https://jobs.scu.edu/:

(1) curriculum vitae
(2) letter of application articulating teaching philosophy, research plans, and experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities
(3) a statement of how the research plans might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections
(4) teaching evaluations
(5) sample syllabi
(6) a writing sample (no more than 40 pages)
(7) graduate transcripts (unofficial are sufficient)

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Catholic Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. It is an AA/EOE employer. Faculty are teaching-scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research. A full-time teaching load is 7 courses over three 10-week quarters, with a 1-course reduction for research. Housing assistance is available.

AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) invites applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs. The program places scholars with PhDs, from the humanities or related social sciences, or ThDs at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows will participate in substantive work of the Department involving religion and international affairs. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 per month plus up to $1,500 as a relocation subsidy. Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency. Please see the AAR’s website for more information and to apply: https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/call-for-applications-for-aar-luce-fellowships-in-religion-and-international. Deadline: June 18, 2015.

AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) invites applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs. The program places scholars with PhDs, from the humanities or related social sciences, or ThDs at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows will participate in substantive work of the Department involving religion and international affairs. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 per month plus up to $1,500 as a relocation subsidy. Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency. Please see the AAR’s website for more information and to apply: https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/call-for-applications-for-aar-luce-fellowships-in-religion-and-international. Deadline: June 18, 2015.

Social Development & Policy Program – Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan – Full Time Faculty Positions Open

The first program of its kind in Pakistan, the Social Development and Policy program combines a rigorous classroom training in the social sciences and humanities with reflective field-based practice. Through a transdisciplinary curriculum that is rooted in the South Asian context and defined by a spirit of global universality, students gain valuable theoretical and practical expertise in development studies in collaborative, learning environments.

We seek candidates with strong teaching credentials who will contribute to the continued enrichment of the Social Development and Policy program and who can contribute to the teaching of our flagship University Liberal Core. Applicants should show evidence of an interdisciplinary approach to research and pedagogy. Specialists in the fields of Public Policy/ Development Practice, Political Science, Urban Studies, History, Sociology, Political Economy, Islamic Studies, Legal Studies, Postcolonial Medieval Studies and South Asian Studies are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate can anticipate the course load not to exceed 3-2. Appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2015. Candidates in the final stages of their Ph.D. may also apply.

For more information about the Social Development and Policy major, please visit:

BSc (Honors) Social Development & Policy

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest outlining your reasons for applying, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, brief course descriptions of three courses that you would like to teach, and a representative writing sample in PDF format to recruitment@habib.edu.pk. Please also visit the website to complete the online faculty application form (http://habib.edu.pk/hu-careers/faculty-application-form/). Review of application begins immediately and will continue until all positions are filled.

Habib University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Ali Akbar Khan Library to Open

The world’s greatest single-artist repository of music teaching, the Ali Akbar Khan Library, is now open without charge to all who wish to learn more about one of the subtlest and most beautiful of human art forms, the thousand-year-old tradition of North Indian classical music. It is located at 215 West End Avenue, San Rafael, Californiam with hours from 11 am to 6 pm Monday and Wednesday, 11 am to 9 pm Tuesday and Thursday.
It is as though you could get a painting lesson from Picasso or a class in physics from Albert Einstein. In the past century, the late sarode player Ali Akbar Khan – “Khansahib” – was among the absolute master musicians on the planet. He is the man Yehudi Menuhin said was an “absolute genius…the greatest musician in the world.”
He first came to the United States in 1955 at the invitation of Lord Menuhin, initiating the bridge that would introduce Indian music to the West. In 1967, he founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Marin County, California, and for the next 40 years he taught six classes a week for nine months a year to what would total around 10,000 students.
Those classes were recorded, either in audio or video. So were 900 concerts. It’s been digitized, organized, and cross-referenced to a fare-thee-well ($375,000 worth of grants and donations).* It is a veritable (and virtual) mountain of musical wisdom, a unique trove of profound teaching that is now accessible to the public. There’s never been a musician’s archive like it.
Introductory examples of Ali Akbar Khan teaching classes is currently available on line at www.aliakbarkhanlibrary.com, but for real access, the true pilgrim will want to go to the Library.
“Introductory examples of Ali Akbar Khan teaching classes is available online at…” because we are up and running.
The brilliant English guitarist Julian Bream visited India and played with Khansahib and said of the experience, “He seemed to me just about the finest musician that I’d ever met in my life…I just admired his mastery. It was above the normal professional mastery that most of us have on the instruments of our choice…his improvisations were so interesting, so fluid, so inventive, so evocative, so exciting, that I felt that this is the way to play music.”
The master tabla player of our time, Zakir Hussain, said of Khansahib that he was “The musician of the century of India…one of those musicians who show up in a blue…year and give the music the nudge it needs to move on to the next level.”
Khansahib’s music lives.

At the Library: Director Mary Khan, 415 454-6372 mary@aacm.org

Press: D. McNally (415) 310 2448. dennismcnally@mac.com

*= Khansahib taught 361 ragas over the years, and from them derived the 7,197 compositions currently in the library; they came at three levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and for voice (20 styles, from ancient Dhrupad to Kheyal to Thumri, and 17 more) and instruments (sarode, sitar, bow & flute). The ragas are classified un

Announcing the Launch of a New Journal – Cultural Diversity in China – and call for papers

We are pleased to announce that the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, and the Center for the Study of Ethnic Cultural Diversity, Beijing, China, have launched a new open access E-journal titled The Journal of Cultural Diversity in China 《中国文化多样性研究》 , published by De Gruyter Open twice a year. Articles will appear simultaneously in English and Chinese. The first issue has appeared online under http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cdc.2015.1.issue-1/issue-files/cdc.2015.1.issue-1.xml in February, 2015.
The journal aims to include articles concerned with cultural diversity in modern China from a social science perspective, especially sociology and anthropology. General themes to be addressed comprise relations between ethnicity and religion, urbanization of ethnic and religious minorities, transnational aspects of ethnicity, and questions of language, religion, assimilation and nationhood.
Editor-in Chief: Peter van der Veer, Göttingen
Co-Editors:
• HUANG Jianbo黄剑波(Renmin University of China中国人民大学)
• LIANG Yongjia梁永佳(China Agricultural University中国农业大学)
• WU Da巫达(Minzu University of China中央民族大学)
• YANG Der-Ruey杨德睿(Nanjing University南京大学).
Editorial Coordinator: Jie Kang 康婕, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Editorial Advisory Board:
• Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany
• Kenneth Dean, National University of Singapore, Singapore
• Bung-Cho Chung, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
• Steven Harrell, University of Washington, Washington, USA
• Stephan Feuchtwang,The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
• Vincent Goossaert, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS Sorbonne, Paris, France
• Randy LaPolla, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
• Sidney C. H. Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
• Joseph Bosco, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
• Lizhu Fan Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China
• Xiaoyun Li China Agricultural University, Beijing, P.R. China
• Yin Se Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, P.R. China
• Mingming Wang Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China
• Shengmin Yang Minzu University of China Beijing, P.R. China
• Xiaojun Zhang Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China
• Xudong Zhao Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R. China
• Xiaoyun Zheng Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, P.R. China
• Hong Ding Minzu University of China, Beijing, P.R. China
We invite scholars to submit articles of between 5 -7,000 words written in English or Chinese, with 300 word abstracts in English and Chinese. The submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review and editorial process. Please note that we ask those who submit in Chinese to also include a two-page English-summary. Please find more details on formatting and submission under http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cdc

Joint Degree Macquarie University, Sydney​-St Andrews University, Scotland: ‘Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers’

A full-time joint international student PhD Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University associated with Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley’s ARC Future Fellowship, ‘Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers’.

The recipient will be jointly enrolled in both MMCCS, Macquarie University, Australia and with the School of History, University of St Andrews, Scotland. The supervisor at St Andrews will be Dr Chandrika Kaul

It is hoped the successful applicant will work on a comparative study of radio and/or television audiences in Australia and Britain. Proposals for a comparative study of newspaper or magazine reception history will also be considered.

Macquarie University is also home to Australia’s only Centre for Media History

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley at b.foley@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9850 8828

The scholarship includes tuition fees payable at Macquarie University for up to 3 years; a living allowance stipend valued at AUD$25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt, paid pro-rata for periods of time spent on campus at Macquarie University, for up to a maximum of 3 years and subject to terms and conditions of the joint degree agreement; and a return economy airfare between Australia and the United Kingdom.

​At St Andrews, the candidate will be given ​an annual £400 research allowance, and access to study space.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to HDR Application page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application

2014082

http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/Scholarships/schol-opportunities/hdr_scholarship_international_candidates_only

Associate or Full Professor, Urban Studies

The Barnard-Columbia Urban Studies Program invites nominations and applications from leading senior scholars for a position as Associate or Full Professor in Urban Studies. We are seeking an active leader in the field of urban scholarship with a demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to appointment with tenure (including a PhD); and, a national and international reputation for scholarly productivity in research. Areas of specialization are open, but we are particularly interested in scholars who bring an international perspective to the study of urban life. In addition to candidates from the social sciences and history, we especially encourage applicants working in such areas as planning, geography, and the built environment to apply. The Urban Studies program at Barnard serves undergraduate liberal arts majors and non-majors from both Barnard and Columbia colleges. A commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising is expected. Candidates should also have a demonstrated record of, or interest in, program leadership.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three academic references to https://careers.barnard.edu/postings/1315.

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We especially encourage women and candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Associate or Full Professor, Urban Studies

The Barnard-Columbia Urban Studies Program invites nominations and applications from leading senior scholars for a position as Associate or Full Professor in Urban Studies. We are seeking an active leader in the field of urban scholarship with a demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to appointment with tenure (including a PhD); and, a national and international reputation for scholarly productivity in research. Areas of specialization are open, but we are particularly interested in scholars who bring an international perspective to the study of urban life. In addition to candidates from the social sciences and history, we especially encourage applicants working in such areas as planning, geography, and the built environment to apply. The Urban Studies program at Barnard serves undergraduate liberal arts majors and non-majors from both Barnard and Columbia colleges. A commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising is expected. Candidates should also have a demonstrated record of, or interest in, program leadership.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three academic references to https://careers.barnard.edu/postings/1315.

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We especially encourage women and candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Funding Available for Language Study at SASLI 2015

Learn a South Asian language this summer!

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Applications for Summer 2015 are now being accepted. The summer 2015 program will run from June 15 – August 7.

There are three funding options available to students:

1) $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application

2) SASLI Half and Full Remissions, deadline March 15, 2015

3) FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 13, 2015

Further information about funding and the SASLI FLAS and Half/Full Fee Remission applications can be found on the SASLI website at: http://sasli.wisc.edu/funding.html

Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at http://sasli.wisc.edu/apply.html. Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

SASLI 2015 Summer Teaching Positions Available

SASLI is now accepting applications for Summer 2015 Lecturer and Faculty Assistant Positions in the following languages:

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu

All instructor positions will be filled based on enrollment, with Faculty Assistant positions offered only as higher enrollments dictate. The Position Vacancy Listings with more information and instructions for applying can be found at the following links.

For Lecturers: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=81287

For Faculty Assistants: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=81288

Links to these positions can also be found on our website at http://sasli.wisc.edu/teachers.html. If you have any questions, please contact our office at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu or 608-261-1194.

Reacting to the Past: India on the Eve of Independence

Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945 (W.W. Norton, 2014) is set at Simla, where the British viceroy has invited leaders of various religious and political constituencies to work out the future of Britain’s largest colony. Will the British transfer power to the Indian National Congress, which claims to speak for all Indians? Or will a separate Muslim state—Pakistan—be carved out of India to be ruled by Muslims, as the Muslim League proposes? And what will happen to the vulnerable minorities—such as the Sikhs and untouchables—or the hundreds of princely states? As British authority wanes, smoldering tensions among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs increasingly flare into violent riots that threaten to ignite all India. Towering above it all is the frail but formidable figure of Gandhi, whom some revere as an apostle of non-violence and others regard as a conniving Hindu politician.

Ainslie Embree’s game covers the struggle to reconcile religious identity with nation building—perhaps the most intractable and important issue of the modern world. Texts include the literature of Hindu revival (Chatterjee, Tagore and Tilak); the Koran and the literature of Islamic nationalism (Iqbal); and the writings of Ambedkar, Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi.

More info at link to registration at: https://reacting.barnard.edu/uo-2014

South Asia or Indian Ocean World History

The Department of History at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in South Asia or the Indian Ocean World at the rank of Assistant Professor. Research interests may be in any subfield or time period. A Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment. The successful applicant will teach a general education survey course on South Asia or the Indian Ocean World as well as a variety of topical undergraduate and graduate classes. The teaching load is two courses per semester.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, three letters of academic recommendation, evidence of teaching preparation and/or experience (syllabi, course evaluations, etc.), and a writing sample (completed dissertation chapter or published work). Applicants should apply using Interfolio.com at http://apply.interfolio.com/25847.
All subsequent communications about the position should be addressed to historyjobs@georgetown.edu (please include “South Asia History Search” in subject line) or

South Asia/Indian Ocean World History Search Committee
Department of History
Box 571035, ICC 600
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1034

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law

Yale ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts

Fellowships are available for both established scholars and postdoctoral associates, including those in South Asian Studies whose work involves the sacred and the arts (anthropology, ritual studies, ethnomusicology, history, art and architecture, etc.). Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and will have access to Yale’s vast academic resources.

Detailed information, including access to the online application, can be found online at www.ism.yale.edu/ism-fellows. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014. For more information, please contact the Fellows Coordinator at glen.segger@yale.edu.

Exemplar v 2 n 2 has come out!

Order your copy on MagCloud

(click the link to the right)

Articles in this issue include:

“The Persistence of Princely India”
by William Richter

“’It Was a Marriage of Two Families’: Exploring U.S. South Asians’ Perspectives about Marriage”
by M. Gail Hickey and Rama Cousik

“South Asian Portraits — Images from the Hanson Gallery”
photos by Paul Hanson

“Yoga: The Art of Transformation, curated by Debra Diamond: An Exhibition Review”
by Debashish Banerji and Nalini Rao

“A Kālakācāryakathā in the Nelson-Atkins Museum”
by Robert J. Del Bontà

“Secularity and the Post-Colonial Indian Experiment”
by Purushottama Bilimoria

AIPS Short/Long Term Fellowships

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) is now accepting applications for 2014 Short-Term and 2014-15 Long-Term Fellowships! The Deadline for both applications is: January 1, 2014.

Short-Term Fellowship: AIPS is delighted to announce another round of Short-term Fellowships (research in Pakistan only) is now open for applications! **Please note that due to the grant deadline, travel dates for this fellowship must be started by June 30, 2014.

Long-Term Fellowship: Applications are invited for research fellowships to be undertaken at the Junior (pre-doctoral; research in a country other than the U.S. or Pakistan) or Senior (post-doctoral; research in Pakistan) level for projects lasting two to nine months.

Please visit the AIPS Fellowship page for more information on both of these opportunities!

If you have any questions regarding these opportunities, feel free to contact us.

Mallory Zink
American Institute of Pakistan Studies
University of Wisconsin – Madison
B488 Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53716
Email: aips@pakistanstudies-aips.org
Visit the website at http://www.pakistanstudies-aips.org

CFP for SASA 2014, Study Abroad Programs in South Asia

The hosting school for SASA 2014 has a summer project in Maharashtra for undergraduates. Students can receive academic credit in several different disciplines while doing community service work in Westminster’s adopted village. Programs of this sort can be an invaluable life experience for students and a powerful boost to South Asian Studies programs at the home institution. We are looking for panelists who can discuss the various pros and cons of such programs and share their knowledge of how to best manage such programs. Please contact William Vanderbok (bill@sasia.org) if you are interested in participating.

IIAS Summer School in Thailand

Dear Prof. Vanderbok, we invite PhD students to apply for a five days of interactive “Summer School” training on the theoretical issue of the knowledge and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. We are looking forward to receiving your application before Friday 14 February 2014.
Reading Craft: Itineraries of Culture, Knowledge and Power in the Global Ecumene

The Summer School is co-hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Date
18 – 22 August 2014

Deadline for applications
Friday 14 February 2014, 9.00 am (CET)

Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Academic Directors
Prof. Pamela Smith (Columbia University, New York, USA) Prof. Francoise Vergès (Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom / Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, France) Dr Aarti Kawlra (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, India)

Guest co-convenor: Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University, USA) Host co-convenor: Prof. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

The Summer School is co-funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, USA.

Theme Description
The IIAS Summer School at Chiang Mai will focus on the theoretical issue of the knowledge and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. Cartographies, itineraries and biographies of craft are windows into craft-scapes which, much like Barbara Bender’s work on landscapes, are discursively constructed, disputed, worked upon from disparate frames of value and meaning, and used to accomplish goals pertaining to identity, heritage politics, knowledge and power.

The Summer School is an occasion to problematize conceptions of culture articulated through readings of craft across territorial boundaries, temporal episodes and knowledge categories. Alternate readings of craft seek to challenge place-based rootedness of culture in colonial and postcolonial constructions in order to emphasize its circulation in global interactions and trajectories. Focusing on ‘social lives’ (Appadurai) or ‘cultural biographies’ (Kopytoff) through records of journeys undertaken and routes charted by the movement of individuals, materials, techniques, recipes, designs and objects within and across diverse epistemic regimes and contexts would allow us to ‘read’ craft from a global perspective.

For more information, please visit the program’s website

http://www.iias.nl/masterclass/reading-craft-itineraries-culture-knowledge-and-power-global-ecumene?utm_source=emailcampaign215&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=[IIAS+Call+for+Applications]+Summer+School+-+Reading+Craft%3A+Itineraries+of+Culture%2C+Knowledge+and+Power+in+the+Global+Ecumene.+Deadline%2C+14+February+2014

Sahayog Foundation Update

That time of year again: holidays and the end of the year are upon us, and I want to update you all on what has transpired since my last email just before the end of summer.

Our pre-school is going strong. The kids are doing great and enjoying the learning process. The older girls who we are supporting are also doing well in the various schools they are attending. We hope to have one or two more ready for college next summer. One of them has already graduated and wants to learn computers, so we are financing a private tutor from whom she is getting computer lessons so she can compete with the city students who are already very good with computers.

However, the most significant thing that has been happening the last few months with regards to our ability to build a school is that our application for permission from the Indian government to finance the project is proceeding well and has passed a few hurdles. Several of you helped us out financially to further the process right when it was needed the most to get to this point, and I want to thank you all so much for your kindness (I will definitely be sending tax receipts before the end of the year). The person who is handling the process for us in India is an intelligent and trustworthy individual who is committed to helping the unprivileged get educated. We still have a few more hurdles, but I am confident that it will happen, hopefully sooner than later.

Our tractor has continued to be of service to those in need of it. Unfortunately, many cannot afford to pay much so we are often only getting reimbursed for the fuel costs to run it….if that. Nevertheless, it is benefitting many in need, so it is a worthwhile investment for the service it is providing.

There is the need for several more wells, one on our land and one or two in the nearby village. However, the government has prohibited any further digging at this time. I am not sure about all the politics involved, but we hope to be able to get the digging done this coming spring, one way or another.

I plan on returning to our village next May, and will continue from here to move our projects along as much as I can. Anyone feeling inspired to help out before the end of the year will be much appreciated…..:)

I hope that the Christmas holiday provides some peaceful moments for you all and that the new year will bring much health and happiness.

With kind regards, happy holidays, and aloha to you all,
Ramdas
www.sahayogfoundation.org