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The South Asian Studies at Stanford (SASS) Podcast features conversations between the Center for South Asia at Stanford and guests who have a connection to Stanford as faculty, staff, students, or alumni. The podcasts feature a wide range of topics, ranging from poetry to politics, from manuscript collecting to music, from business to Bollywood. Every podcast consists of an informal and informative conversation about South Asia and its meaning in the world, in our lives, and at Stanford.
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Lalita du Perron talks to Ken Kula Pradipa Lee about his multi-faith multi-ethnic background, his journey into Hinduism, and his work as the Faith and Flourish multi-faith and Hindu chaplain at Stanford. Check out the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life at Stanford here.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Nina Buchmann, PhD candidate in Economics, about her journey from Frankfurt (“only known for its airport”) to Stanford, her childhood fascination with South Asia, and her work on gender norms and human trafficking.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Suhani Jalota, PhD candidate at Stanford, about her life as a social entrepreneur, her time at Stanford as an economist studying labor, and her work with the Myna Mahila Foundation in Mumbai.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Stanford Anthropology PhD candidate Shantanu Nevrekar about his work on cooperatives in Maharashtra, the role caste plays in cooperative membership, and his recent fieldwork trip to India.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Anusha Dwarkanath, Aakriti Lakshmanan, and Josh Singh, about the student groups they run. Find out about the origin, motivations, and activities of these groups in this fun and busy episode! Follow them on Instagram: @stanfordnoopur @stanfordbhangra @stanfordraagapellaCenter for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Paras Arora, PhD Candidate at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, about their work on people with cognitive disabilities in India, what care and kinship look like, and the value and importance of art in their ethnographic work.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Wasif Rizvi, President of Habib University, Pakistan about the state of higher education in the US and Pakistan, and the global importance of liberal arts studies. Because this podcast episode was recorded live, the sound is not our usual high standard. Please bear with us as this is a great conversation – please turn up t…
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Shubhangni Gupta talks about her study of heritage and the havelis in Shekhawati, Rajasthan, and her experience of doing fieldwork in a place that is home - and also not home. Follow Shubhangni and her fieldwork notes on Instagram @shubhangnigupta.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Eduardo Acosta (Mellon Fellow at Stanford History) about his PhD from the University of Chicago, the colonial preoccupation to control rivers, climate change, and how time is in fact a cultural construct.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron welcomes Karthick Ram Manoharan to discuss his latest book Periyar: a study in political atheism (Orient Black Swan, 2022) and his new research while a visiting fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. Apologies for occasional sound issues.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Ana Cristina Lopes about her work on transnational Tibetan Buddhism, her book Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora, and her new work on the 84,000 project, whose mission is to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages, and provide open and free access to over 230,000 pages. Find out more at 84000.co.…
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Lalita du Perron welcomes Robert Rakove from International Relations at Stanford to talk about his new book Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan before the Soviet Invasion. Book link: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/days-of-opportunity/9780231210454Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Rabia Saeed, current Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing, about her journey from Kohat, Pakistan, to Stanford and beyond. Links to her stories: https://theseventhwave.org/rabia-saeed/ https://www.litromagazine.com/usa/2021/03/jfk-by-rabia-saeed/Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Isabel Salovaara, Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Stanford University, about her research project on the tuition and coaching industry in India, and her fieldwork in Patna in particular.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Aidan Milliff, Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), about the choices people make when faced with state or community violence, what it means to be a political scientist, and the excellent community of South Asia scholars at Stanford!…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Gulika Reddy, Assistant Professor in the Stanford Law School and Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, about her work as a lawyer, teacher, organizer, and activist, and the NGO she started, Schools of Equality.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Nasiruddin Nezaami about August 2021 and being sponsored by Institute for International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), his work with the American University of Afghanistan and Stanford Law School, and his research on global cyber crime.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Gregory Maxwell Bruce (https://sseas.berkeley.edu/people/gregory-maxwell-bruce/), who teaches Urdu at Berkeley and Stanford, about his multiple book projects, love of language, and the Journal of Urdu Studies, published by Brill (https://brill.com/).Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Halima Kazem (Twitter @halimakazem) about the Afghanistan Oral History Project at Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University and her work training journalists in Afghanistan.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Moogdho Mim Mahzab, postdoctoral scholar at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, about his work on improving brick kilns and lead acid batteries operations in Bangladesh and the challenges of developmental economy.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Stanford University Press South Asia in Motion series editors Thomas Blom Hansen and Dylan Kyung-lim White about the history of the Press, the motivation behind the series, and what makes a great book proposal. Links: Stanford University Press and South Asia in MotionCenter for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Anuradha Bhasin about her role as executive editor of the Kashmir Times, the challenges facing the media in Kashmir, and her time at Stanford as a JSK Journalism Fellow. Follow Anuradha on Twitter: @anuradhabhasin_Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Thenmozhi Soundararajan of Equality Labs about her forthcoming book The Trauma of Caste, survivor power, caste in Silicon Valley, the importance of mentorship, and healing for all. Link to book: https://www.northatlanticbooks.com/shop/the-trauma-of-caste/Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to the multifaceted Chandra Vadhana Radhakrishnan, a Fulbright Program Fellow in the Gender Innovations Lab at Stanford History, about gender equality, entrepreneurship, self-care, and having/wanting to do it all. Links: Her Stanford History page Prayaana Labs Shesite E-commerce site Identity film…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Gayatri Sethi (@desibookaunty on Instagram) about her time at Stanford Graduate School of Education, her book Unbelonging (from which she reads an excerpt), and what is considered home. Apologies for occasional internet issues. Links referenced in episode: 1947 Partition Archive: https://www.1947partitionarchive.org/ Unbel…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Elizabeth Lhost, Digital Librarian at South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), about the work of SAOA, the challenges and the joys of digitization, access, availability, and decolonizing the archive. Visit the SAOA website at saoa.crl.edu. Submit suggestions via email to saoa@crl.edu.…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Shaili Chopra about her digital platform SheThePeople, the women’s health bot DoctorDidi (Click on this link to open on your WhatsApp), her time at Stanford, and the ups and downs of a life lived online.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Sharika Thiranagama, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford, who explains and helps us understand--as much as we can cram into one podcast--what is happening in Sri Lanka right now. Date of recording April 14, 2022.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Radhika Koul, 2021-22 Dissertation Prize Fellow in Stanford Humanities Center and Ph.D. candidate in Department of Comparative Literature within Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, about creating conversations between 10th-century Kashmir and 17th-century France as well as between techies and fuzzies.…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Rushain Abbasi about his fellowship at Stanford Humanities Center, being a lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford, and his book projects on secularism, worldliness, and the intellectual history of Islam. And we share our love of footnotes!Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Roanne Kantor, assistant professor of English (and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature) at Stanford, about her new book, Macaulay’s shelf, Global Anglophone literature, magical realism, and other matters related to South Asia and Latin America.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Zeba Huq, Clinical Supervising Attorney with Stanford Law School’s Religious Liberty Clinic, about her South Asian identity, 9/11, the first amendment, and how much faith we should have in the Law.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron talks to Charu Singh, Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford, about her recent article on Translation, terminology and lexicography in the Hindi Scientific Glossary (1906), and her upcoming course on science and society. Article Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19472498.2021.2001200…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Ali Usman Qasmi from Lahore University of Management Sciences and Visiting Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center about his research on the lunar calendar, citizenship, and the state. They chat about how technology mediates/enhances/detracts from the human experience.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron welcomes Lakmali Jayasinghe to discuss teaching in the Stanford Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) program and her research on borders, migration, and translation.Center for South Asia
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Lalita du Perron welcomes Thomas Blom Hansen, Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Stanford, to discuss his new book The Law of Force, the history of violence and non-violence in India, and the importance of academic freedom. Transcript available on request for a disability-related accommodation (email us at southasiainfo@stanford.…
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Former CSA Director Jisha Menon talks to Lalita du Perron about her forthcoming book Brutal Beauty: Aesthetics and Aspiration in Urban India, published by Northwestern University Press, and her new role as Faculty Director of Stanford Global Studies. Transcript available on request for a disability-related accommodation (email us at southasiainfo@s…
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Priya Satia, Professor of History at Stanford, talks about her book Time’s Monster: How history makes history, and answers questions such as: Who writes history? Who consumes history? What was the role of historians in building Empire? And what has astrology got to do with any of this? Transcript available on request (email us at southasiainfo@stan…
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Have you ever wondered why students choose to pursue the Global Studies South Asia Minor while at Stanford? Lalita du Perron talks to three students, from Computer Science, Political Science, and English, who explain why they chose the Minor and how it impacted their time at Stanford and beyond. Special shoutouts to Usha Iyer, C. Ryan Perkins, and …
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Lalita du Perron welcomes new faculty in the Stanford Department of History Partha Shil to talk about his work on labor history and police constables in colonial India, asks about the role of empathy in academic research, and encourages students to enroll in his classes. Transcript available on request (email us at southasiainfo@stanford.edu). Plea…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Professor Robert Crews, recent PhD graduate Mejgan Massoumi, and PhD candidate Sabauon Nasseri, all at the History Department at Stanford, about the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In this two-part podcast, the guests discuss the history of the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, its effect on the lives of the Afgh…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Professor Robert Crews, recent PhD graduate Mejgan Massoumi, and PhD candidate Sabauon Nasseri, all at the History Department at Stanford, about the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In this two-part podcast, the guests discuss the history of the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, its effect on the lives of the Afgh…
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Lalita du Perron talks to Stanford Center for Latin American Studies alum Hari Seshasayee about the current state of Covid in Mumbai, his work as trade advisor with ProColombia, similarities between South Asia and Latin America, and his fond memories of his time at Stanford. Transcript available on request (email us at southasiainfo@stanford.edu). …
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Lalita du Perron talks to Dr. S.V. Mahadevan, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University, and Director of South Asia Outreach at the Center for Asian Health Research and Education and Director of Global Affairs and Strategy at the Stanford School of Medicine about the Covid crisis in India and the world. Watch a CSA recording of a convers…
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