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

The Elusive Idea: Impressions of Social Justice in Hindi Cinema, 1940s-70s

Nilosree Biswas
March 15, 2021

In the latest issue of India in Transition, author and filmmaker Nilosree Biswas discusses the evolution of social justice themes in Hindi cinema over the decades, from the big screen to the smartphone.

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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!

New CASI Working Paper

Savita Shankar (CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, School of Social Policy & Practice, Penn) published the March 2021 CASI Working Paper "Creating a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Focused Credit Risk Database in India: An Exploratory Study."

CASI in the News

CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow Naveen Bharathi was featured in "90% of Gurugram's SC/ST Residents in 25% of its Neighbourhoods, Delhi's Into 40%," a March 6, 2021 Times of India article by Shobita Dhar. The article is in reference to Bharathi's Spring 2021 World Development paper (along with Deepak Malghan, Sumit Mishra, and Andaleeb Rahman) titled "Fractal Urbanism: City Size and Residential Segregation in India."

Upcoming Virtual Events

March 18, 2021, 12 noon EDT | 9:30pm IST via Zoom

"Representation from Below: How Women Mobilize in India’s Weak Party System"

CASI / South Asia Center / Political Science Department / Comparative Politics Workshop Co-Sponsored Virtual Seminar with Tanushree Goyal (Harvard University; University of Oxford)

March 25, 2021,
10:00am EDT | 7:30pm IST via Zoom

"Contested Cartography and Sovereignty"

CASI / South Asia Center / Penn History Department Co-Sponsored Virtual Seminar with Shail Mayaram (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi)

April 8, 2021, 12 noon EDT | 9:30pm IST via Zoom

"Decolonizing Caste and Rethinking Social Inequality in South Asia"

CASI / South Asia Center / Penn History Department Co-Sponsored Virtual Seminar with Chinnaiah Jangam (Carleton University)

April 22, 2021, 12 noon EDT | 9:30pm IST via Zoom

"Numerical Citizenship Struggles in Contemporary Delhi"

CASI / South Asia Center / Penn Institute for Urban Research Co-Sponsored Virtual Seminar with Sanjeev Routray (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

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Event Videos

March 4, 2021: CASI Seminar "Improving Public Sector Management at Scale? Experimental Evidence on School Governance in India" with Abhijeet Singh (Stockholm School of Economics) FULL VIDEO

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

CASI Student Programs

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

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Funds for Penn Faculty

CASI invites Penn faculty members to apply for funding to support undergraduate Research Assistants to aid them with their research related to contemporary India. LEARN MORE
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Subscribe to the CASI Student Programs Blog and read about how our Summer 2020 Research Grant awardees spent last summer!

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

Campus Location

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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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