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Cultural Education in the Himalayas, a Ladakhi Textbook, and the AIIS Tibetan Language Program

Patrick Dowd’s passion for the languages and cultures of the Himalayas didn’t end in the summer of 2013, after completing the AIIS intensive Tibetan language program in Dharamshala. Today, Patrick finds himself in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, where he is directing a project to

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Fast Moving History: An Interview with Prof. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

The cultural organization Jnanapravaha Mumbai was the site of the conference “Mountstuart Elphinstone: Between Local and Global Forces” on April 20-21, 2017. The conference, which was organized by Professor Shah Mahmoud Hanifi of James Madison University and co-sponsored by AIIS and other overseas research centers in South

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AIIS 2017-2018 Fellowship Recipients

The American Institute of Indian Studies is Pleased to Announce that the Following Scholars have been Awarded Fellowships to Carry Out their Projects in India in 2017-2018: Adam Auerbach, an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship

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AIIS 2017 Book Prizes Awarded to Radhika Govindrajan and to Diane Coffey and Dean Spears

The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities was awarded to Radhika Govindrajan for Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relations in India’s Central Himalayas The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences was awarded to Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, joint authors of Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted

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Colloquium on the Intersection of South Asian and Africana Studies to be Held at Howard University in April 2017

Colloquium on the Intersection of South Asian and Africana Studies to be Held at Howard University in April 2017 Scholars at the Intersection of South Asian and Africana Studies Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9am – 5pm Armour J. Blackburn University Center, Howard University, Washington D.C. A number

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AIIS is Co-sponsoring International Conference on the Life and Legacy of Mountstuart Elphinstone in Mumbai in April 2017

The conference called Mountstuart Elphinstone: Between Local and Global Forces will be held at Elphinstone College in Mumbai in April 2017. The conference is being organized by Professor Shah Mahmoud Hanifi of James Madison University and is also co-sponsored by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, American

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AIIS Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Innovative Hip Hop Jukeboxx Project in India

Chicago (September 27, 2016) The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is pleased to announce the launch of its first crowdsource funding campaign for an innovative performing arts project called The Jukeboxx Movement in India: From Surviving to Thriving. The campaign seeks to raise at least $25,000

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AIIS Director-General Purnima Mehta Receives Award from MAC-CAE

Professor Arlene Maclin, the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence (MAC-CAE), presented AIIS Director-General Purnima Mehta with a special plaque for her extraordinary service to MAC-CAE during its five years of collaboration with AIIS to bring students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to

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AIIS 2016 Book Prize Awarded to Anand Taneja

The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences” was awarded to Anand Taneja, an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, for Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi. Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in

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Bernard Bate Tamil Language Student Scholarship

AIIS and the friends and colleagues of the late Bernard Bate announce the establishment of the Bernard Bate Tamil Language Student Scholarship in partnership with the longstanding AIIS language program. Donations to the scholarship fund will go towards the support of students dedicated to the intensive study of Tamil

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