SASA 2010 - South Asia and the West:
Entwined, Entangled and Engaged


Saturday | Sunday

Saturday 10 April 2010


Board Room

Speaker: Bonita Chamberlain
Institute for Continuing Education, La Mesa, CA
Topic: Women and Girls in Contemporary Afghanistan

MIXER/BOOK BROWSE: 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Beverages and Snacks Served

SESSION 1: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel 1A: Figueroa A
Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering, Nationhood and Media in India
Chair: Arnold P. Kaminsky, California State University, Long Beach

  • Freedom of Press: India and the Empire / Commonwealth Press Union, 1940-50
    Chandrika Kaul, University of St Andrews
  • Tristao Bragnca Cunha and Nationalism in Colonial Goa: Mediating Difference and Essentialising Nationhood
    Parag Datta Parobo, Goa University
  • Colonial State of Exception and Criminalization of the Political: British Indian Intelligence and Nationalist resistance in the Early Twentieth Century
    John R. Pincince, Loyola University

Panel 1B: Alumni A
Postcolonial Perspectives in Literary Writings and Musical Orientalism
Chair: James McHugh, University of Southern California

  • Mughals, Music, and "The Crown of India" Masque: A Reconsideration of Elgar and the Raj
    Joe Pellegrino, Georgia Southern University
  • Reincarnating the Raj on the Roof of the World: Postcolonial Critique and Tibetan Nationalism in Jamyang Norbu's The Mandela of Sherlock Holmes
    Sumangala Bhattacharya, Pitzer College
  • Identity Politics and the Politics of Patriotism: A critique of writings of some Contemporary Diaspora and India Writers of Historical Fiction
    Nita Jain, Christ Church College
  • "Pull Up the People": M.I.A. and Global Alterity
    Namita Thakker, Emory University

Panel 1C: Figueroa B
India-U.S. Relations in the Obama Era: A Roundtable
Chair: Ram M. Roy, California State University, Northridge

  • Parkes Riley, Cal Poly, Pomona
  • William Vanderbok, Independent Scholar

Panel 1D: Board Room
Screening of "Not in God's Name" - A Documentary on Religious Tolerance

  • Discussant: Paula Fouche, Paradise Filmworks

LUNCH: 12:00 Noon
Vinyard Room

Speaker: Gunjan Bagla, Amritt Ventures
Topic: Globalization: India and the U.S.

SESSION 2: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Panel 2A: Alumni A
India: A Land of Business Opportunity
Chair: Smita Bagla, Amritt Ventures

  • How India is Changing, and Why Does India Need American Help?
    Praful Kulkarni, GKKWorks
  • What's New about the Interaction between the Two Largest Entertainment Centers? How do "Slumdog" and "My Name Is Khan" Change the Way the World Looks at South Asia?
    Ken Silverman, Tata Elxsi and Interactive Teamworks
  • Working for Home Grown Top Company in the News India
    Sandeep Muju, Moser-Baer
  • How People from Outside South Asia Can Identify and Overcome Cultural Pitfalls When Working With South Asians And South Asian Companies. Examples Of How Mistakes Can Cost Business Or Hurt Career Prospects
    Sangeeta Gupta, Cross Cultural Communication Consultant

Panel 2B: Figueroa B
Exploring the Creation of a Security Community in South Asia
Chair: Majid Sharifi, Eastern Washington University

  • Contemporary European Security Processes and Scholarship
    Kristen Edquist, Eastern Washington University
  • Strategic Altruism and Role of United States in Evolution of the Security Community in South Asia
    Vandana Asthana, Eastern Washington University
  • A Regime of Insecurity: Killing the "Bad" Guys and Implementing Good Policies
    Majid Sharifi, Eastern Washington University
  • Security Community: Resource Security and Insecurity in South Asia
    Ashok C. Shukla, Independent Scholar, Environment and South Asian Studies

Panel 2C: Figueroa A
Round Table: Challenges and Opportunities around South Asian Studies at the University of Southern California
Chair: Varun Soni, University of Southern California

  • Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California
  • James McHugh, University of Southern California
  • Indra Mukhopadhyay, University of Southern California
  • Sumun Pendakur, University of Southern California

Panel 2D: Alumni B
Religion and Political Identity
Chair: Carlos Lopez, University of South Florida

  • Common Concepts in Syrian Orthodox Church and Sikhism
    Zbigniew Igeilski, Warsaw University
  • Examining Political Islam in Bangladesh as a Transnational Phenomenon
    Mubashar Hasan, Al Makhtoum Institute
  • Scriptural Authority, Religious Identity, and Science in Hindu Nationalism
    Jim Sharp, Claremont Graduate University
  • The Roots of Anti-West Sentiments in Modern South Asia: A Case Study of Fatawa Literature
    Mujeeb Ahmad, International Islamic University


Beverages and Snacks Served

SESSION 3: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Panel 3A: Figueroa A
Enlightenment Impacts, Cultural Resilience and Labor Migration in South Asia
Chair: Paul Hanson, California Lutheran University,

  • From Palashi to Pasthuns, The Deciphering Continues
    Koushik Ghosh, Central Washington University
  • Oral Histories of Labour: Listening To the Diaspora in Manitoba, Canada
    Emma Alexander-Mudaliar, University of Winnipeg
  • South Asia or Southern Asia: Debating the Region
    Satyabrat Sinha, Sikkim University
  • Recent Developments in the Conversation on Nature and Culture in South Asia
    Jana Fornier, University of California, San Diego

Panel 3B: Alumni A
South Asia to the West: Linkages in Arts and Photography
Chair: Ingrid Aall, Cal State University, Long Beach

  • The Evolution of Tantric Art: On the Artistic Genius of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley
    Siddhartha Vibhakar Shah, Independent Art Historian
  • Frameworks for the Exhibition of Contemporary Pakistani Art in the West
    Allison White, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Looking in from the Inside/Outside on Falkland Road: Examining Mary Ellen Mark's Photographs of Sex Workers in Bombay
    Liz Lance, University of Missouri

Panel 3C: Alumni B
South Asia and the Search for Dialogue: Using the Internet and Web
Chair: Parkes Riley, Cal Poly, Pomona

  • India and Pakistan: Connecting Through the Web
    Madhavi Bhasin, Global India Foundation
  • Birds of a Feather - Professional Uses of Internet Social Networking Sites
    William Vanderbok, Independent Scholar
  • Fraternity of Civilizations: Prospects for Dialogue and Search for Common Thread
    Maryam Sakeenah, Pakistan

Panel 3D: Board Room
Screening of "Arising Light", A Documentary on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

  • Discussant: David Blundell, National Chengchi University

Vinyard Room

AWARDS BANQUET: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
United University Church
Honoring Dr. Stanley Wolpert and Mr. Navneet Chugh

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra
former Chairperson, Pakistan National Commission on the Status of Women
Concluding Remarks: Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz
(Acting) Consul General of Pakistan

SUNDAY 11 April 2010


SESSION 4: 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Panel 4A: Figueroa B
Hinduism and Sexuality
Chair: Phyllis Herman, California State University, Northridge

  • Hinduism: Love and Sexual Fluids
    Deepak Shimkhada, Claremont Graduate University
  • The Divine Feminine in Jayadeva’s Gitagovinda: Reading Radha as Divine Guide
    LaChelle Elisabeth Marie Shilling, Claremont Graduate University
  • Hindu Concepts of Male and Female Divine Union
    Adam Pave, Claremont Graduate University
  • Homoerotic Trope in the Seduction of Rsyasmga (MHB 3.110-113)
    Carlos Lopez, University of South Florida

Panel 4B: Figueroa A
Poetry, Fiction and Intellectual History in South Asian Cultures
Chair: Ramdas Lamb, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • The New Agents: Variations in Form and Society in Swarup's Six Suspects
    Tanvi Patel, University of Washington
  • Indivisible - The Poetry of South Asian American
    Pireeni Sundaralingam, University of Oxford
  • An Autobiography of Ismat Chugtai as a Source for the Intellectual History of South Asia
    Sadaf Jaffer, Harvard University
  • Environmental Literature in Hindi: A New Vista for Global Understanding
    Sujata Chaturvedi, Christ Church College

Panel 4C: Alumni A
Discovering the State of Art in Pakistan: Archaeological Perspectives
Chair: Rita Sherma, Taksha University

  • South Asia and the West: Entwined, Entangled and Engaged From Its First Civilization 'til Present through Amphorae
    Nargis Rashid, University of Karachi
  • Badalpur: A New Discovery of a Buddhist Monastery in Taxila (Gandhara) Pakistan
    Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Present State of Buddhist Period Rock Art of the Swat Valley of Pakistan
    Badshah Sardar, Allama Iqbal University

Panel 4D: Alumni B
Governance and Politics in India
Chair: Uma Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Norm Setting in India
    Shazia Aziz Wulbers, University of Bremen
  • Does the Use of "The Supernatural" Distinguish "Western" Secularism from "Eastern" Communalism in Indian Politics?
    Dean Eugene McHenry, Claremont Graduate University
  • Democracy in the East: Understanding the Continuity and Crisis of the World's Longest Elected Government
    Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, Claremont Graduate University
  • Governance in Indian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Sector
    Muthusami Kumaran, University of Florida

MIXER/BOOK BROWSE: 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Beverages and Snacks Served

SESSION 5: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Panel 5A: Figueroa A
Empowering Women in South Asia
Chair: Chandrika Kaul, University of St. Andrews

  • Re-Evaluation of Gandhian Political and Economic Thought and Its Relevance to the Empowerment of Women
    Purnima Mehta Bhatt, Hood College
  • Western Feminist Movement and "Women Protection Bill 2006" of Pakistan - An Analytical Study
    Muhammad Hammad Lakhvi, University of Punjab
  • Educating Sita: Academics as a Vehicle for Promoting Gender and Caste Balance
    Ramdas Lamb, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dr. Ambedkar - Quest for Liberation: Rights for Women and Religious Toleration
    David Blundell, National Chengchi University

Panel 5B: Figueroa B
Reshaping Spiritual, Cinematic and Artful Negotiations in the East
Chair: Joe Pellegrino, Georgia Southern University

  • Transforming the Object Art: Devotional Fanscapes and M.F. Husain
    Shalini Kakar, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • "Psy-Babas" Spiritual Labor and Ritual Exoticism in Tourist Goa
    Pavithra Prasad, North Western University
  • Quest for Individuation: An Analysis of Deepa Mehta's "Water" through the Jungian Therapeutic Lens
    Paulson V. Veliyannoor, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • New Media Empowerment for Rural India
    Ramesh Srinivasan, University of California, Los Angeles

Panel 5C: Alumni A
Contextual Utilization and Interpretation of Gandhi's Philosophy
Chair: Dean Eugene McHenry, Claremont Graduate University

  • The Hermeneutic of Re-Constructing the Paradigm of Nonviolent Resistance and the Modern-Day Challenge of Terrorism
    Veena Rani Howard, University of Oregon
  • Gandhi on Palestine
    Geoffrey Cook, The Muslim Observer

Panel 5D: Alumni B
Peace and Conflict Resolution: Diaspora and Developing Societies in South Asia
Chair: Vandana Asthana, Eastern Washington University

  • Diasporas, Development and Conflict Resolution: A Sri Lanka Case Study
    Asoka Bandarage, Georgetown University
  • Storm and Calm in Swat, Pakistan
    Zahid Anwar, University of Peshawar
  • Intra-Ethnic Electoral Violence in Divided Societies: The Case of Sri Lanka
    Seema Shah, University of California, Los Angeles

LUNCH: 12:00 Noon
Vinyard Room

Roundtable Discussion:
Public Diplomacy, Cultural Identity, and Diasporic Engagement


Shamila N. Chaudhary joined the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff in February 2009 and is responsible for South and Central Asia. She also advises on Pakistan issues for Richard C. Holbrooke, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sajit Gandhi currently serves as a South Asia Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. Immediately prior to this he was the Deputy Director for Strategic Communications in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Christopher Steinitz is a Research Analyst in the Center for Strategic Studies at CNA, a Congressionally-established, non-profit think tank in Alexandria, VA. His areas of expertise are the Arab world, the Muslim world, and Terrorism/Counterterrorism.

SESSION 6: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Panel 6A: Alumni A
U.S. Policy in South Asia
Chair: A. C. Shukla, Independent Scholar, South Asian Studies

  • Intensive U.S. Engagement for Enhanced Stabilization in South Asia
    Umbreen Javaid, University of Punjab
  • U.S.'s Af - Pak Strategy and Its Impact on India and Pakistan
    Uma Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Pakistan and West: Entwined, Entangled and Engaged
    Rana Eijaz Ahmad and Abida Eijaz, University of Punjab

Panel 6B: Alumni B
Similarities and Interface of Art between the East and the West
Chair: Ingrid Aall, Cal State University, Long Beach

  • Artistic Interaction Between Greece and India in Northwest India: Role of Royal and Religious Establishments
    Nalini Rao, Soka University of America
  • Evidence of Mythological Similarities Between Hindu and Greek Culture: Study Based on Indo-Greek Coins
    Renu Lal, Member, Canada
  • A Fresh Thought on Iconographic Symbolism of Buddhist Art: Buddha Invited by Srigupta Represented in Gandhara Sculpture, Archeology, History Art
    Ghani-ur-Rahman, Quaid-i-Azam University

Panel 6C: Figueroa B
Science, Tradition and the Religious Landscape
Chair: Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

  • Representing Hindu Traditions in the Hindu Students Council
    Daniel Philip Cheifer, Syracuse University
  • Bridging Ancient Eastern Thought with Modern Science
    Jesse Bettinger, Claremont Graduate University
  • Problems of East-West Transmission: Should Hindus Expect Gratitude for the Gifts of Hindu Civilization to the West?
    Rita Sherma, Taksha University

Panel 6D: Figueroa A
Cultures, Hegemonies and Identity Poliics
Chair: Kundan Singh, California Institute of Integral Studies

  • Recreation of Identity Among the Second Generation Transnational in the Little India Enclave in Southern California
    Surekha Acharya and Lalit Acharya, Riverside Community College and City of Riverside
  • Yoga and Public Feelings: On the Imminent Expression of Identity Politics
    Amy Champ, University of California, Davis
  • Racial and Ethnic Conundrums: South Asian-Americans and Formations of Power
    Roksana Badruddoja, California State University, Fresno


Beverages and Snacks Served

SESSION 7: 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Panel 7A: Figueroa A
Nondualism Awareness in Yoga, Trika Saivism, Vira Saivism and Advaita Vedanta
Chair: Nalini Rao, Soka University of America

  • The Emergence of Power from Concentrated Awareness in Patanjali’s Vibhuti Pada
    Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
  • Abhinavagupta and the Flourishing Kashmir School
    Viresh Hughes, Loyola Marymount University
  • Poet Saints and the Ascent from Devotion to Union in South Asia
    Jodi Shaw, Loyola Marymount University
  • Nisargadatta, A 20th-Century Advaita: There Is No Self and There Is No Self
    Chad Richman, Loyola Marymount University

Panel 7B: Alumni A
South Asian Mosaic: Indigenous Knowledge, Medicine and the Fashion Industry
Chair: Rita Sherma, Taksha University

  • Socio-Economic Implications, Forestlands and Tribal Knowledge of Bundelkhand, India: Local Resource and South Asian Dimension
    Ashok Kumar Awasthi, Brahmanand College
  • Indian Apparel Industry - Influencing the World
    Divya Satyan, Institute of Fashion Technology
  • From Medicine to Complementary Medicine, Ayurveda at Home and Abroad
    Sujata Venkatesh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Panel 7C: Figueroa B
Examining Ideas of Enlightenment, Salvation and Ethics in Religions Texts and Buddhist Studies
Chair: Deepak Shimkhada, Claremont Graduate University

  • An Examination of the Sotopanna in Light of Buddha's Missionary Desire
    Calvin Baker, University of the West
  • Religious Value or Superstition in the Soteriology of Samkaracharya: A Contemplative Hermeneutic
    Paul Devitto, Claremont Graduate University
  • Paul Hacker's Erroneous Conclusions on European influence on Swami Vivekananda's Vedanta Ethics
    Kundan Singh, California Institute of Integral Studies