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Spring Courses 2017

SAX 300 Capstone Seminar for South Asia Concentrators
Andy Rotman
This course is designed for graduating South Asia Concentrators. The goal is to provide an opportunity for every student to synthesize the material to which she has been exposed through her concentration courses and internships, and to present her integrating project to the rest of the class for feedback. Students will read assigned material, do moodle posts and participate in class discussion. The course runs for the first seven weeks in a semester. (E) 1 credit

200-Level Courses

ENG 229 Turning Novels into Films: Imperialism, Race, Gender and Cinematic Adaptation
Ambreen Hai (English Language and Literature)
TTh 1 - 2:50 pm
“Not as good as the book,” is a frequent response to film adaptations of novels. Adaptation studies, an interdisciplinary field that combines literary and film studies, rejects this notion of “fidelity” (how faithful a film is to its source) and instead reads literature and film as equal but different artistic and cultural forms, where the film may translate, transmute, critique or re-interpret the novel. This course looks closely and analytically at some paired fiction and film adaptations that focus on issues of imperialism, race, class and gender. We begin with some classics (Austen’s Mansfield Park, Forster’s Passage to India), move to international postcolonial fiction and film (Tagore’s Home and the World, Ondaatje’s English Patient), and end with U.S. texts about nonwhite, hyphenated citizens (Lahiri’s Namesake, Stockett’s The Help). We also read some critical and theoretical essays to frame our key concepts and conversations. {A}{L} 4 credits

HST 201 (L) The Silk Road
Richard Lim (History)
TTh 10:30 - 11:50 am
The premodern contacts, imagined and real, between East and West. Cultural, religious and technological exchanges between China, India and Rome. The interactions between these sedentary societies and their nomadic neighbors. The rise and fall of nomadic empires such as that of the Mongols. Trade, exploration and conquest on the Eurasian continent. We sample pertinent travel accounts as a form of ethnographical knowledge that reproduces notions of cultural identity and civilization. {H} 4 credits

REL 282 Violence and Non-Violence in Religious Traditions of South Asia
Andy Rotman
TTh 1-2:30 pm
What are the implications of a nonviolent morality? When are war and sacrifice not murder? This course considers the rhetoric and phenomena of violence and non-violence in a variety of religious traditions in South Asia, both modern and premodern. Particular emphasis on the ethical and social consequences of these practices, and the politics of the discourse that surrounds them. Texts and films concerning Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Islam. {H} 4 Credits

SWG 238 Women, Money and Transnational Social Movements
Elisabeth Armstrong (Study of Women and Gender)
MW 1:10 - 2:30 pm
This course centers on the political linkages forged in those transnational social movements from the mid-20th century to the present that address the politics of women and money. We research social movements that address raced, classed and gendered inequities alongside the costs of maintaining order. We assess the alternatives proposed by global labor movements, from micro-finance to worker-owned cooperatives, to shed light on the cultural fabric of the global finance industry. Assignments include community-based research on local and global political movements, short papers and written reflections. Prerequisite: SWG 150 or permission of the instructor. {S} 4 credits

300-Level Course

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee (Sociology)
T 1 - 2:50 pm
This 300-level seminar provides an in-depth engagement with global migration. It covers such areas as theories of migration, the significance of global political economy and state policies across the world in shaping migration patterns and immigrant identities. Questions about imperialism, post-colonial conditions, nation-building/national borders, citizenship, and the gendered racialization of immigration will intersect as critical contexts for our discussions. Prerequisite: SOC 101, a course on global political economy, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. {S} 4 credits

PHI 330 Seminar in the History of Philosophy: Yogācāra
Jay Garfield
T 1 - 4 pm
This seminar examines the Yogācāra school of Buddhist philosophy, often represented as idealist, but also sometimes read as phenomenological. We read some classic Indian Yogācāra texts, some Tibetan discussion of Yogācāra, and examine the way ideas entered Chinese and Japanese Buddhist philosophy. We also read some contemporary studies of Yogācāra philosophy and recent Western and Indian idealistic and phenomenological work that resonates with Yogācāra ideas. Prerequisite: at least one course addressing Western idealism or phenomenology or one course in Buddhist philosophy. Enrollment limited to 15 students. {H}{S} 4 credits

Five College Courses Spring 2017

There are also many South Asia-related courses offered throughout the Five Colleges. You can use the Five College Course Guide to find courses with a South Asia focus.

Amherst College
ARCH 154 Art/Architecture-S. Asia
TTh 1:00 - 2:20 pm
Yael Rice

ARCH 157 PostColonial City
TTh 2:30 - 3:50 pm
Dwight Carey

ASLC 174 Modern South Asian History
MW 12:30 - 1:50 pm
Dwaipayan Sen

ASLC 207 Home and the World
TTh 11:30 am - 12:50 pm
Amrita Basu, Krupa Shandilya

SWAG 467 Social Movements
MW 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Amrita Basu

Hampshire College
CSI 0192 New Feminisms of Global South
Time TBA 
Uditi Sen, Margaret Cerullo

CSI 0223 Past Performed
T 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Uditi Sen

Mount Holyoke College
DANCE 143 Classical Indian Dance
MW 2:40 - 4:00 pm
Ranjanaa Devi

POLIT 380 Nationalism in Global Politics
W 1:15 - 4:05 pm
Kavita Khoury

UMass Amherst
ECON 397MI ST-City,Industr,Labor/ColIndia
TTh 10 - 11:15 am
Priyanka Srivastava

HIST 493F S-Empire and Nation
TTh 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Priyanka Srivastava