Spotlights
India's Covid-19 Crisis: How to help

The Institute has been following the Covid-19 news from India with growing alarm. In response, we have begun compiling a list of organizations that are providing badly needed relief work. Please click on this link for further details. And please consider giving, if you can. For past Covid-19 related resources, see here

Maryam Hina Hasnain & Dr. Aparna Kumar awarded the 2021 SAAI UC Berkeley Art Prizes!

Many congratulations to Maryam Hina Hasnain for being awarded the UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Prize and to Dr. Aparna Kumar for being awarded the UC Berkeley South Asia Art & Architecture Dissertation Prize. The award ceremonies and lectures will take place on April 21 and 22 respectively. More HERE.

Dr. Ahsan Kamal awarded the 2020 Pirzada Prize in Pakistan Studies!

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ahsan Kamal is the recipient for the 2020 S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize for Pakistan Studies! Many congratulations to him for his dissertation, Saving Sindhu: Indus Enclosure and River Defense in Pakistan (UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019). The award ceremony and lecture will take place on April 12  at 9am. More details HERE

Remembering Kimi Bhattacharya

The Institute mourns the sudden passing of Kimi Bhattacharya on Jan 5, 2021. Kimi was an avid supporter of the Institute and played a major role in the formation of the Bangla Initiative and the Bhattacharya India Fund. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her husband, son, family and her wide circle of friends. Please read a tribute to her by Prof. Raka Ray HERE

Atreyee Gupta awarded the Hellman Fellowship for 2020!!!

Congratulations to Prof. Atréyēē Gupta on being awarded the Hellman Fellowship for 2020!!! Professor Gupta’s Hellman-funded research will support a book project that examines the artistic and intellectual resonances of the 1955 Afro-Asian Bandung Conference and the 1961 Non-Aligned Movement, using India as a case study. More about the award HERE 

Sugata Ray awarded the AAR's Religion & the Arts Book Award!!!

Congratulations to Prof. Sugata Ray on being awarded the Religion and the Arts Book Award for 2020 by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) for his book, Climate Change & the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550–1850. Read more about the award and what the AAR's jury in selecting Prof.

Geeta Anand Appointed as Dean of Berkeley Journalism

We are thrilled to announce that Interim Dean Geeta Anand has been appointed as the Dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism effective immediately. Please join us in congratulating Dean Anand on this well deserved promotion. We look forward to supporting her and her vision for the future of Berkeley Journalism. Read more HERE

Announcing a new fund for Sikh Studies at UC Berkeley!

The Institute is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Dr. Ranjit Singh Sabharwal Endowed Fund for Sikh Studies. Generously funded by the friends and family of Dr. Ranjit Singh Sabharwal, as well as those committed to the furthering of Sikh Studies, this fund will support the creation of a semester-long visiting lecturer program. More HERE.

Aajkal at the ISAS for Fall 2020!

Aajkal for Fall 2020 is out! Please click on the link below to find out about our Zoom lineup of public lectures, conferences, workshops, and one-on-one conversations for this semester! Looking forward to seeing you virtually at one of them. In the meantime, please stay safe!

Click to read Aajkal Fall 2020

A Desi in the White House!!

Congratulations to Sen. Kamala Harris, our first Sarah Kailath speaker, on being chosen as the running mate of Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Harris could become the first woman and the first person of color to hold the office of vice president. Read about her Indian heritage HERE. See her SK lecture HERE.

Remembering Prof. Kirk R. Smith

The Institute mourns the passing of Prof. Kirk R. Smith, a pioneering researcher on the impact of household energy use in developing nations. Professor of Global Environmental Health and Director of the Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre in New Delhi, Prof. Smith is best known for his work on the effects of indoor air pollution from cook stove fires. Prof. Smith died on June 15 at the age of 73 at his Berkeley home. Read more HERE>>

Covid Conversations: Reflections from South Asia

In an effort to shed some light on the impact of the coronavirus in South Asia, the Institute has launched a new series of virtual programs that feature UC Berkeley faculty in conversation with scholars, public intellectuals, health care providers, journalists, & others in South Asia. Browse recordings of recent conversations HERE>>

Aajkal at the ISAS for May 2020!

Aajkal for May 2020 is out. Hope it finds you safe and well. Please click on the link below to read about some upcoming virtual programs on Covid19 and South Asia, faculty & student updates, and a few highlights from the previous months. Read more here>>

Aajkal at the ISAS for April 2020!

Greetings, dear friends and supporters of the Institute. Aajkal for April 2020 is out. Hope it finds you safe and well. Please click on the link below to read about some upcoming virtual programs on Covid19 and South Asia, faculty & student updates, and a few highlights from the previous months.

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Cal Sanskritists win prestigious prize for their translation work!

Congratulations to Professors Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman for being awarded the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation (South Asia) for 2020 for their book, The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India. Vol. VII: Uttarakāṇḍa. Watch a YouTube video on their mammoth translation project HERE

Aajkal for Spring 2020 is out!!!

Click HERE to read about all the public lectures, conferences, talks, readings, workshops, student presentations and one-on-one conversations scheduled for this month.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute soon! 

New SARN: Climate Change and the Art of Devotion!

A SARN on Prof. Sugata Ray's new book is out. Read it HERE to learn about how this place-centered theology emerged in the wake of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850), an epoch marked by climatic catastrophes across the globe. Join us also for a book reading event on 10/29/19 @ 5pm.

150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi!

Oct. 2, 2018 was the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. To commemorate this special day, the Institute is organizing a series of lectures by scholars who will speak about the influence of Gandhi on their work and the relevance of his ideas and teachings in the contemporary world. Join us for our first lecture by Prof. Janaki Bakhle. Details here

Congratulations to Prof. Asma Kazmi on being awarded the Hellman Fellowship for 2019!!!

The award will go towards supporting Asma's project "Beyond the Seas Blue." Asma creates transdisciplinary artworks that unearth invisible, forgotten, and ignored histories linked to the legacies of colonialism and postcolonial contexts. Read more HERE>>

Aajkal for Fall 2019!

Welcome to a new year at UC Berkeley. Aajkal for Fall 2019 is out! Click on this link to read about all the public lectures, conferences, talks, readings, workshops, student presentations and one-on-one conversations scheduled for this semester.