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2008-2009 AIPS Conferences

Annual Conference on South Asia

The 37th Annual Conference on South Asia was held on October 16- 19, 2008 in Madison, WI. The Conference is sponsored by the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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ASPS Biennial Convention

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) is pleased to announce the ASPS Fourth Biennial Convention, which will take place from February 27-March 1, 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Past ASPS conferences have provided a rare and valued opportunity for scholars from West, Central and South Asia, Europe and North America to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

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Women's History Conference: Gender and Power in the Muslim World

The Sarah Lawrence College Women's History Graduate Program is proud to present the 11th Annual Women's History Conference, entitled "Gender and Power in the Muslim World." The conference will take place Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2009, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College (15 minutes north of Manhattan). It is free and open to the public.

Western discourse on Muslims overflows with images of dangerous men and downtrodden women locked into monolithic traditions sharply at odds with life in the "modern" and "tolerant" West. We aim to dismantle such stereotypes by analyzing their construction, assessing their political valence, and exploring the realities they obscure. Within this context we especially seek to challenge essentialist understandings of masculinity, femininity, and Muslim communities, societies and cultures.

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Conference on M.F. Husain at Duke University

The North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies will host an international symposium on the artist Maqbool Fida Husain on Duke campus, April 9th-12th, 2009. In addition to presentations by the following scholars, the conference will include a presentation by Vivan Sundaram of one of his latest works, Barefoot with Husain, as well as an inaugural event at the Nasher Museum, and a concurrent exhibit by contemporary artist Ram Rahman.

To view a flier for this event, please click here.

There is no registration fee for the conference, but please pre-register using the link on the conference website.


  • Susan Bean, On Exhibition: The Art of M. F. Husain
  • Akeel Bilgrami, How to Argue for Free Speech and Secularism
  • Veena Das, The Unbearable Figure of Love
  • David Gilmartin and Barbara Metcalf, The Public, the Law and M. F. Husain
  • Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Fault-lines in a National Edifice: Debating the Rights and Offences of Contemporary Indian
  • Art Kajri Jain, Taking and Making Offence: Husain and the Politics of Desecration
  • Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Secret Histories of Indian Modernism: M. F. Husain as Indian Muslim Artist
  • Geeta Kapur, Drawing the Line: The Exile of Maqbool Fida Husain
  • Bruce Lawrence, Decoding MF Husain as a Muslim Painter
  • Ram Rahman, Defending Husain in the Public Sphere: The Sahmat Experience
  • Patricia Uberoi, The Bliss of Madhuri: Husain and His Muse
  • Karin Zitzewitz, I Am an Indian and a Painter, That is All: Intention and the Secular Subject in India