The South Asia Art Initiative (SAAI) at the University of California, Berkeley promotes research-based conversations and collaborations around the arts of South Asia + its diasporas from the ancient period to the present. SAAI’s mission as an incubator of creative thought and practice is animated by the research interests of the Cal community of faculty and students as well as collaborations with national and international partner institutions. Along with hosting lectures, conferences, and artist/curator/scholar residencies, the SAAI offers the annual UC Berkeley South Asia Art & Architecture Dissertation Prize and the UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Prize.

Upcoming Events

hajra waheed

Artists Speak Series

Hajra Waheed

Tue, Feb, 8, 2022
9-10:30 a.m. PST | Zoom Event


Sumathi RamaswamyScholars Speak Series

Sumathi Ramaswamy | The Unbearable Lightness of Being Mahatma

Fri, Apr 8, 2022
5-6:30 p.m. PST | Venue TBD

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Lecture by the UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Prize recipient for 2022

Wed, Apr 20, 2022
9-10 a.m. PST | Zoom Event


saai art prize thumbnailLecture by the UC Berkeley South Asia Art and Architecture Dissertation Prize recipient for 2022

Thu, Apr 21, 2022
9-10:30 a.m. PST | Zoom Event


Asma kazmi

Artists Speak Series

Asma Kazmi | Ecologies of Meaning

Tue, Apr 26, 2022
3:30-5 p.m. PST | Zoom Event


Artist in Residence

Partha Mitter

Emeritus Professor, History of Art
University of Sussex

Residency Dates: Fall  2022