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South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) 2016, UO-Portland – Program

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South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest

Friday February 5, 2016
3:30pm – Registration 

4pm – Opening Ceremony

4:15-5:15pm, Main Conference Room 142/144 – Keynote Speaker:

“The Age of Intolerance in South Asia: Contextualizing Extremism in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan” 

Dr. Ali Riaz – University Professor and Chair Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

5:30pm, Light Court Commons – Reception

Saturday February 6, 2016
8:00am, Room 142/144 – Coffee, tea, and light refreshments

View all presenter’s abstracts here

8:30-10am, Room 150 – Panel One: Religion and Education”, moderated by Professor Lamia Karim

J.M. Fritzman  
Associate Professor, Philosophy, Lewis and Clark University
“Thinking With, Against, and Beyond Kasmir Saivism” 
David Fiordallis
Associate Professor and Chair, Religious Studies, Linfield College
“Framing the Avadana, Framing the World”
Robinder Bedi
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia
“Counseling Psychology in India: A Survey of Practitioners”
Sylvia Gray
Instructor of History, Education Advisory Council and Chair, Portland Community College
“Teaching History of India and the South Asian Region in Ten Weeks: Keeping it Fun and Real”

10:15-11:45am, Room 150 – Panel Two: Technology and Politics in South Asia”, moderated by Professor Jeff Hanes

Biswarup Sen
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
“The Computer in Indian Postcolonial History”
Patrick Jones
Doctoral Student, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
“Delivering Democracy: A History of Electronic Voting Machines in India”
Shehram Mokhtar
Doctoral Student, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
“Displaying Rainbow Colors: Dis-embodied Online Activism in Pakistan”
Sareeta Amrute
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
“Imagining Outsourcing through Television”

10:15-11:45am, Room 152 – Panel Three: “Gender”, moderated by Professor Arafaat A. Valiani

Farah Azhar
Doctoral Student, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
“On Cell Phones and Social Capital for Women in South Asia-Pakistan”
Katie Blank
Doctoral Student, Department of History, University of Washington
“On Interracial Marriage between Indian and British Citizens”
Kiran Sunar
Doctoral Student, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
“Wailing to be Heard: Sikh Women’s Mourning and the Culture of Reform”
Nabeeha Chaudhary
Graduate Alumni, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
“This is Where You Belong- Representations of the Ideal Woman in Pakistani Television Serials”
Nadia Loan
Instructor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
“Recitational Reading: The Politics of Sound and Meaning in Women’s Quranic Engagement in Pakistan”
Sarah Ahmed
Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon
“Re–conceptualizing Women’s Agency in Rural Punjab, Pakistan

Noon – 1pm, Room 142/144 – Lunch

1-2:30pm, Room 150 – Panel Four: “Politics and History”, moderated by Professor S. Charusheela

Taylor Rockhill
M.A. Candidate, South Asian Studies, University of Washington
“On the Relationship Between South Asian and the Commonwealth of Nations”
Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman
Doctoral Student, Political Science, University of Oregon
“On the Third Indo-Pakistan War and the Emergence of Bangladesh” 
Rucha Ambikar
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Bemidji State University
“On Narendra Modi’s Election Campaign for India’s Parliament”
William Bamber
Doctoral Student, Near and Middle East Studies, University of Washington
“The Great Game Abroad- Late Imperial Internationalism and Britain’s South Asian Intelligence Agents”
Douglas Ober
Doctoral Student, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
“From Bo Trees to Buddha Bones: Nehruvian Buddhism and the Poetics of Power”
Zahid Akter
Doctoral Student, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
“Nationalism, Language Policy and People’s Mother Tongue Rights in Bangladesh”

1-2:30pm, Room 152 – Panel Five: “Media, Language & Literature”, moderated by Professor Biswarup Sen

Ranjini Ray Chaudhury
M.A. Candidate, South Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
“On “Orientalism” and Portrayals of South Asian Culture in Video Games”
Shehram Mokhtar
Doctoral Student, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
“Music, Dramaturgy & Mourning Rituals: Locating the Performance of the Karbala Narrative in Sehwan, Pakistan”
Mariam Sabri
Doctoral Student, South Asian Studies, University of Washington
“Zumurrud Shah in the Mughal Imagination: The Historiography of the Hamzanama and Afghan-Mughal Relations in the Pre-Modern India”
Kristin Scheible
Associate Professor of Religion, Reed College
“The work of the Mahavamsa: Poem or Charter?”
Genoveva Castro
Doctoral Student, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
“Embracing Humor and Eroticism: Bitexuality in the Vidagdha-madhava by Rupa Gosvami”

2:30-4:30pm, Room 152 – Panel Six: “Economics and Development”, moderated by Professor Angela Joya and Zahid Akter

Tariq L. Rahman
M.A. Candidate, Department of International Studies, University of Oregon
“Counter-Conduct in the Mohallas: New Houses in the Old City”
Sri Craven
Assistant Professor, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Portland State University
“Dilemmas of Change: Gender in the ‘Global’ Gated Community”
Susmita Rishi
Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
“Alternate Conceptualizations of Value and Space: Learning from the slum-dwellers of Delhi”
Sunila S. Kale
Director, South Asia Center / Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
“Corporations, the state, and rural development in India’s new ‘Company Villages'”
Melissa Tennyson
Instructor, ESL Program, Latino Network
“Development Rhetoric in Bangladesh: A Feminist Critique” 
Razia Bano
Lecturer, Department of Business Management, Karakorum International University – Pakistan
“An Analysis of fuel efficient stoves in Arandu valley of CKNP, Gilgit Baltistan”
Rucha Chandvankar
Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
“On Social Movements and Alliance Building in Maharashtra, India”

2:45-4:15pm, Room 150 – Panel Seven: “New Directions in South Asian Film and Media Studies, moderated by Nadia Loan 

Sangita Gopal
Associate Professor, English and Cinema Studies, University of Oregon
“Indian Feminism and the Communicative Network”
Abritty Abdullah
M.A. Candidate, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University
“On the Portrayal of Women in Bangladeshi Cinema”
Alka Kurian
Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, University of Washington – Bothell
“Transnational Strategies of Resistance”
Sudhir Mahadevan
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Washington
“The Movie Theater as a Technology of Film Form: a Historical Consideration”

4:30-5:30pm, Room 142/144 – Closing Ceremony & Remarks 

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