Arts and Ideas

Celebrating Another Harmony: South Asian Folklore in the 21st Century

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Barker Center 133, Plimpton Room
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Margaret Mills, Ohio State University (Professor Emerita)
"How Stories Lodge in Lives"

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Barker Center 110, Thompson Room
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

8:30 – Coffee & Pastries

9:00 – Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 – Undergraduate Student Panel

Aniket De, Tufts University
“Divided Songs, Altered Gods: Partition, Nationalism, and Performance in the Bengal Borderland”

Benjamin D. Grimm, Harvard University
“Trans-gression: Gender, Divinity, and Cross-dressing in the Krishna Līlahāva”

Megan Taing, Harvard University
“Brotherhood and Humor: Negotiating the South Asian American College Experience”

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11: 00 – 12:30 – South Asian Folklore in Historical Perspective

Frank J. Korom, Boston University
“Three Decades of Folklore Studies in South Asia: Toward a History”

Adheesh Sathaye, University of British Colombia
“The Scribal Life of Folktales in Premodern India”

Leela Prasad, Duke University
“Nameless in a Great Garden: When English Imperial Conquest Becomes a Purāṇa”

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch (provided)

1:30 – 3:30 – South Asian Material Culture & Belief

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Emory University
“Standing in Cement: Ravana on the Chhattisgarhi Plains”

Kirin Narayan, Australian National University
“Making and Narrating: Vishwakarma Family Stories among Artisans”

Puja Sahney, SUNY- Albany
“Transnational Spaces of Belonging: Immigration Process, Social Ties, and Hindu Homes of Purity”

Ülo Valk, University of Tartu
“Where the Goddess Spent her Wedding Night: Place-Lore of the Kāmākhyā Temple in Silghat, Assam”

3:30 – 3:45 – Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:15 – The Politics of Folklore

Leah Lowthorp, Harvard University
“Folklore, Politics, and the State: Kutiyattam and National/Global Heritage in India”

Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
“Critical Folkloristics and the Study of Transgender Women’s Communities in South India”

Finnian Gerety, Brown University
“The Amplified Sacrifice: Sound, Technology, and Participation in Vedic Rituals in Kerala”

5:15 – 5:45 – Closing Remarks and Discussion

5:45 – Performance by Harvard Bhangra

6:00 – End

Sponsored by the Committee on Degrees in Folklore & Mythology, the Office of the Provost, the Department of South Asian Studies, the Harvard University South Asia Institute, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Committee on Degrees in Theater, Dance & Media, and the Office for the Arts at Harvard.