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 of organizations, including the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence are co-sponsoring the full-day symposium on Saturday April 8, 2017. Other cosponsors include the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, and several South Asia centers and institutes across the United States. The colloquium is being organized by doctoral student Jazmin Graves of the South Asian Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.
As its name suggests, SISAAS invites its participants to explore exciting topics discovered in the overlap of South Asian and Africana Studies. SISAAS will present two panels devoted to unpacking historical and cultural content. The first is “Roots & Routes: Labor and Migration in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean Worlds,” surveying African contributions to the western Indian Ocean world from Arabia to South Asia and migrations from the Indian Ocean world into that of the Atlantic. The second, “Cultures in Circulation: Religion, Music and Film in Diasporic Contexts” introduces participants to various Indian-African diasporic exchanges, from African American jazz musicians in Bombay to Bollywood films in Ghana, to the Goddess Kali as worshipped in the Caribbean. The SISAAS third panel provides students with resources and information about the foreign-language training programs and funded research opportunities that will afford access to these fields of study.