Inaugural South Asia Graduate Symposium

Event time: 
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

We invite you to the Inaugural South Asia Graduate Symposium, organized in collaboration with the Yale South Asian Studies Council. The in-person event will be an afternoon of conference panels and lightning talks where Yale graduate students working on themes related to South Asia across disciplines will share their work, followed by a reception. Please find the detailed schedule below.

We look forward to your presence at the event,

Thank You,

The Organizing Team
(Lav Kanoi, Sophia Abbas, Amrita Chakravarty, Meenakshi A, Tanmoy Sharma)
& Faculty Convenors (Jane Lynch and K. Sivaramakrishnan)


Introduction and Opening Remarks (3:00-3:15 PM)
Lav Kanoi (Anthropology & Environment), Meenakshi A (History)

Panel I (3:15-4:20 PM)

● Akshat Agarwal (Law) - “Supriyo and the History and Politics of Family Law in India”
● Shivani Choudhary (Sociology) - “Performance by the Yogic Prime Minister in a Hindu Nation: The Case of India”
● Drew William Stommes (Political Science - “Explaining Armed Political Party Violence: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India”

Faculty Moderator: Sarah Khan (Political Science)

Coffee/Tea Break (4:20-4:30 PM)

Panel II (4:30-5:35 PM)

● Suvij Sudershan (English) - “’Onwards Blow the Winds of Revolt’: Realism, Modernism, and Genres with Aarohan and Aakrosh”
● Adi Kumar (History) - “Diaspora in Emergency”
● Akriti Gaur (Law) - “Hidden Propaganda and the Paradox of ‘Private Virality’ on Encrypted Messaging Platforms in India”

Faculty Moderator: Priyasha Mukhopadhyay (English)

Coffee/ Tea Break (5:35-5:45 PM)

Lightning talks (5:45-6:15 PM)

● Akash Uppal (Economics) - “Putting Numbers to Norms: Quantifying the Unseen in Economic Models”
● Devi Nayar (Anthropology & Architecture) - “The Gulf House: Anthropology of Transnational Dwelling in the Indian Ocean Network”
● Akshay Surendra (Environment) - “Taking Stock of Selective Logging in the Andaman Islands, India: Recent & Legacy Effects of a Revamped Working Plan”
Moderator: Sophia Abbas (Anthropology)

Concluding Remarks
Jane Lynch (Anthropology)

Reception: 6:15-7:00 PM