India in the World (Winter 2014)
India has been perceived in the United States as a font of spirituality and mysticism. This perception was uncomfortably coupled with notions of India’s poverty and its status as a third world country. While vestiges of both of these perceptions remain today, India has emerged on the world scene in entirely new ways: as one of the world’s most vibrant economies; a key player in geopolitics; the world’s largest democracy; home to the world’s largest “middle class”; the site of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant film industries; a contributor to global trends in art and aesthetics; and “home” to well-established and significant immigrant communities around the world, including the United States.
“India in the World,” will encourage students to explore India’s history, culture, politics, economy, art, religions, architecture, music, philosophy, contributions to mathematics and other sciences, and its diaspora. The semester will include art exhibits, a musical event, a film series, a lecture series, and a range of courses across the disciplines.
Our primary goal is to engage students actively in learning about India, not as an (invariably exotic) other, but as a part of everyday life in our increasingly globalized world.
This theme semester is organized by the Center for South Asian Studies.