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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Rahul Sagar on How 19th Century Indians Grappled with the “Great Questions of our Age”

November 6, 2023

Over the last 15 years, India in Transition has brought readers brief, analytical perspectives on the ongoing transformations in contemporary India based on cutting-edge research across a wide variety of subjects. This year, IiT is bringing you another way to engage with insightful scholarship on India: in-depth interviews with researchers, where we hear directly from them on what inspired their work, how they are choosing to dig deeper into the subject, and how it adds to our understanding of the country.

In this interview, CASI Consulting Editor, Rohan Venkat speaks to Ideas of India designer Rahul Sagar (Global Network Associate Professor of Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi) about his book—To Raise A Fallen People: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Indian Views on International Politics (Columbia University Press, 2022)—and what it tells us about the global debates that animated 19th century Indians.

Read Full Interview

CASI in the News

CASI Director Tariq Thachil gave a November 3, 2023 Book Adda talk at Brown University's Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia on his book—Migrants and Machine Politics: How India's Urban Poor Seek Representation and Responsiveness (Princeton University Press, 2023), co-authored with CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar Adam Auerbach (American University). Full Video

CASI Spring 2023 Visiting Fellow Monika Arora (Vice President of Research, Public Health Foundation of India and PSOM Center for Global Health International Scholar) published Public Health Approaches to Health Promotion 1st Edition (Routledge, 2023), which she co-edited with Shifalika Goenka. The book "provides a global perspective, with an emphasis on contextual issues with health promotion in South Asia for understanding challenges and related strategies."

Outline of Khemka Distinguished Lecture with Amb. Vijay Keshav Gokhale Now Available

On October 19, 2023, Ambassador Vijay Keshav Gokhale (32nd Foreign Secretary of India, 2018-20; Ambassador of India, People’s Republic of China, 2016-17) gave the Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture "The US, China, and India: The Future of the Indo-Pacific" at Warburg Pincus LLC in New York City. The full outline of the lecture is now available.

Upcoming Events

November 10, 2023, 3:00pm (In-Person)

"A Conversation with Chandra Bhan Prasad"
Chaired by Professor Lisa Mitchell, Chair of the Department of South Asia Studies

Co-hosted by CASI and the Department of South Asia Studies

2023-24 CASI Seminar Series

November 16, 2023, 12 noon EST | 10:30pm IST (Virtual)

"Walking for Democracy: A History in Three Moments"

CASI / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies / Dept. of History Seminar with Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge)

November 30, 2023, 12 noon (In-Person)

"The Implied Rajput: Caste and Disguise in the U.P. Police"

CASI / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies Seminar with Joel Lee (Williams College)

December 6, 2023, 4:30pm (In-Person)

"Lineages of Environmental Justice in South Asia"

CASI / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies / Dept. of History Seminar with Sunil Amrith (Yale University)


2023 CASI VIRTUAL Data Seminar Series

CASI's Data Seminar Series continues in Fall 2023 on the following Wednesdays. All seminars will be held virtually and speakers will be hosted by Rukmini S. (Independent Data Journalist; CASI Fall 2022 Visiting Fellow).

Registration required!

November 8, 2023: 9:00am EST / 7:30pm IST
Learning in India: What Input and Outcome Data Can Tell Us
Abhijeet Singh (Associate Professor, Economics Department, Stockholm School of Economics)

December 13, 2023: 9:00am EST / 7:30pm IST
Connecting Boundaries: Merging Administrative and Geographic Data using SHRUG
Paul Novosad (Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College)

CASI Student Programs

Read all about the CASI 2023 Summer Interns and Summer Research Grant recipients' experiences on the CASI Student Programs Blog!

Questions about CASI Student Programs?
Please contact Juni Bahuguna (Assistant Director, Student & Visitor Programs) at junib@sas.upenn.edu

Our Campus & Regional Partners

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 5:30pm

 "Why Didn't India's Founders Entrench Constitutional Rights?"
Shruti Rajagopalan (Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University)

PISM Events
Room 250, 2nd Floor Forum
133 South 36th Street

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: CASI is operating on a hybrid schedule.

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