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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Monday, February 15, 2021

COVID-19 Communication in India: Are We At a Vaccine Crossroads?

Ramya Pinnamaneni & Shravanthi M. Seshasayee
February 15, 2021

In the latest issue of India in Transition, Ramya Pinnamaneni (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) & Shravanthi M. Seshasayee (MaineHealth) describe India’s communication response to the pandemic, briefly highlighting what has been done so far and cautiously exploring where the country may be headed, particularly in light of the recent vaccine rollout.

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*Interested in writing for IiT? Now open for submissions*

IiT articles are now available in two new languages: Bangla and Tamil!

CASI in the News

Sumitra Badrinathan (CASI 2020-21 Sobti Family Fellow), Devesh Kapur (former CASI Director; SAIS, Johns Hopkins University), and Milan Vaishnav (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) released "How Do Indian Americans View India? Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey" a February 2021 joint study by Carnegie Endownment for International Peace, SAIS Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania. The report is a continuation of the October 2020 joint study "How Will Indian Americans Vote?: Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey." (Full Media Coverage)

Mekhala Krishnamurthy (CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar; Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University) was featured in "Are the Farm Laws Needed At All?" — a February 2, 2021 video interview on Enquiry with Shoma Chaudhury.

CASI Welcomes Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship

CASI invites applications to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for the 2021-2022 academic year. The position is open to applicants from the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on contemporary India. We welcome candidates from a wide range of disciplinary traditions and methodological orientations. Applications will be reviewed starting Monday, March 1, 2021.

Upcoming Virtual Events

February 18, 2021, 12 noon EST | 10:30pm IST via Zoom

"Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India"

CASI-South Asia Center Co-Sponsored Virtual Seminar with Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University)

February 19, 2021, 11:00am EST | 9:30pm IST

"The Party System in India: A Virtual Discussion"

Penn in India Faculty Speaker Series Event with Eswaran Sridharan (Academic Director & Chief Executive, UPIASI) and co-moderated by Tariq Thachil (CASI Director) and Ramanan Raghavendran (IAB member; Chair, Governing Council of UPIASI; Managing Partner, Amasia Venture Capital)
This series is co-organized by CASI, UPIASI, Penn Global, and Penn Alumni

February 25, 2021, 12 noon EST | 10:30pm IST via Zoom

"Entanglements of Care: Medicine, Militarism, and Ethnography in Kashmir"

CASI-South Asia Center-Dept. of Anthropology Co-Sponsored Virtual Book Talk with Saiba Varma (UC San Diego)

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Event Videos

January 11, 2021 CASI Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture "India's Covid Response" with Krishnamurthy Subramanian (Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India) FULL VIDEO

February 4, 2021 CASI Seminar "Farmers & Markets: Understanding Indian Agricultural Markets Across States & Commodities" with CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholars Mekhala Krishnamurthy (Ashoka University) & Shoumitro Chatterjee (Penn State University) FULL VIDEO

VIEW VIDEOS of more CASI Spring 2021 events—Transcript, English captions, Hindi subtitles available on select events

CASI Student Programs
Opportunities for Penn Students

Applications for the 2021-2022 Sobti Family Fellowship are NOW OPEN!
With support from Penn parents, Rajiv Sobti GR’84 and Slomi Sobti, the Sobti Family Fellowship will provide two doctoral students with $12,500 each to develop independent research projects broadly related to India’s politics, economy, and international relations. Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Applications for CASI's 2021 Summer Research Grants are NOW OPEN!
CASI will provide up to $4,000 to Penn undergraduate students and $5,000 to Penn graduate students for independent research projects related to contemporary India. Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Read about CASI Student Programs and our commitment to student research and engagement in an article in the most recent Power of Penn newsletter: "Eyes on India: The Center for the Advanced Study of India Brings Together Minds Across the Globe"

Subscribe to the CASI Student Programs Blog and read about how our Summer 2020 Research Grant awardees spent last summer!
Graduate students - Vikrant Dadawala, Rithika Kumar, Elizabeth Jacobs, Megan Reed, Arnav Bhattachaya, and Kimberly Noronha
Undergraduates - Neelima Paleti and Tathagat Bhatia

View the CASI Student Programs Video and follow CASI Student Programs on Instagram @casistudentprograms

Questions about CASI Student Programs?
Please contact Laura Iwanyk, Assistant Director, CASI Student Programs and Outreach, liwanyk@upenn.edu

Campus Location

CASI's office is located close to the heart of Penn's campus at the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics at 133 South 36th Street (Suite 230) Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all of the Penn community has resumed full operations on campus. At this time, CASI is operating remotely.

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