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The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events

Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

This is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.

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Tue, September 5, 2017 at 05:00pm  /  CGIS South Concourse

Welcome Back Mixer

Celebrate the start of the school year with SAI! The Welcome Back Mixer is a chance for students to enjoy delicious South Asian food while meeting SAI’s Visiting Fellows and faculty, learning about student funding opportunities, and meeting with representatives from Harvard South Asia student groups.

Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 05:00pm

Tue, Sep 5, 2017


CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Wed, September 6, 2017  /  Gund Hall Gallery

Soft Thresholds: Projects of RMA Architects, Mumbai

A Harvard Graduate School of Design Exhibition

August 21 – October 6, 2017, with a special opening reception on September 6, 2017

Curated by: Professor Rahul Mehrotra
Location: Gund Hall Gallery


As a point of entry and exit, a threshold has a dual coding in society as both a physical and symbolic marker of separation and connection. Thresholds are often explicitly hard-edged or even brutal in their expression, demarcating rigid boundaries, as in the definitive lines of walls, barricades, and security checkpoints in buildings, around cities, or across larger territories. Too often, thresholds also divide human activity or communities according to social, ethnic, national, or economic characteristics. Architecture and planning can unwittingly contribute to these different forms of physical separation, especially in ways made visible through their practitioners’ interpretations of culture, religion, or legislation. As the academic disciplines that inform spatial practices, architecture and planning are themselves often similarly separated by disciplinary thresholds, inhibiting porosity between fields of research. By definition, an individual discipline necessarily is organized around a self-referential center of discursive production, but this often happens at the expense of the richness found at the intersection of multiple disciplinary perspectives. Is architecture, in its compulsive drive to create the autonomous object, inherently hardening the thresholds separating it from other disciplines and, by extension, reproducing those schisms within the built environment? Can architecture and planning intentionally construct soft thresholds―lines that are easily traversed, even temporarily erased―thereby allowing for multiple perspectives across different modes of research and practice and catalyzing disciplinary and social connections? What, then, is the physical expression of a soft threshold―a space that is visually and physically porous, plural in spirit, encompassing of its context, and yet rigorous in its expression?

This exhibition on the works of RMA Architects, Mumbai + Boston, represents the compulsive drive of the practice to construct soft thresholds―through research, engagement with the city, and making of architecture.

Wed, Sep 6, 2017

Wed, Sep 6, 2017

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Fri, September 22, 2017 at 12:15pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Book Talk: India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971

A book talk on India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971
Dr. Arjun Subramaniam, Asia Center Fellow; Faculty Member, National Defence College, New Delhi; Air Vice Marshal, Indian Air Force

Chair/Discussant: Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

An Asia Center Fellows Seminar; co-sponsored with the South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 12:15pm

Fri, Sep 22, 2017

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Partition: The SAI Podcast

Partition is one of the defining events of the modern era and on its 70th anniversary, leading scholars explore and analyze its continuing impact in our special series of podcasts.

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