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Lalita du Perron talks to Alisha Cherian, PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford. Alisha’s research interests include Urban Space and Place, and Power, Identity, and Representation with particular reference to Singapore. In the podcast she talks about Singapore’s quota policy and its effect on the category of “Indian”.

In this podcast, Lalita du Perron is joined by Asfandyar Ali Mir, Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Together they explore the complex issue of the International Relations of South Asia, especially as pertaining to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and discuss the US media, US foreign policy, gender roles, and the impact of Covid-19.

In this podcast Center for South Asia Associate Director Lalita du Perron talks to Madihah Akhter, PhD student in the Stanford History department. They discuss the history of pandemics, the responsibility of the state, the role of technology, the power of social media, and contemporary music.

Kathryn Olivarius, "The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege" NYT:
Manavi Kapur, "India Battles Coronavirus with British Era Epidemic Diseases Act" Quartz India:
Saurav Kumar Rai, "How the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 Came to be",
Saadat Hasan Manto, "Tok Tek Singh" (1955) in English:
In Urdu:
In Devanagari:

Lalita du Perron virtually sits down with Stanford History graduate student Mejgan Massoumi to talk about her research on the Afghan artist Ahmad Zahir and his importance in Afghan culture. In their conversation they discuss politics in contemporary Afghanistan, Covid and family life, and the ongoing relevance of radio as a source of information. Join us!

Correction: At 29:29 Mejgan says "Since the 1990s" but meant "Since the 1960s."

Lalita du Perron talks with Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Assistant Professor, Political Science, Stanford University) about female empowerment and political engagement in rural Madhya Pradesh (India), the pros and cons of micro credit, and how the state in India is using informal networks in its fight against Covid19.

Lalita du Perron is joined virtually by theater personality Gauri Gupta, currently at Stanford through the Distinguished Careers Institute. They talk about virtual theater in the world of Covid, and the importance of language, poetry, and shared community. The Iqbal Bano ghazal which was meant to play at the end did not record, but you can access it here: Apologies for the technical glitches.

Mashail Malik from Stanford Political Science talks to Lalita du Perron about the politics of ethnicity in Pakistan, policing and the role of the state in Karachi and elsewhere, and colorism in South Asian communities.

Stanford History PhD Candidate Anubha Anushree joins Lalita du Perron to discuss her research project on corruption, nationalism, and the state.

Ryan Perkins holding document.

In this week’s South Asian Studies at Stanford (SASS) pod, Lalita du Perron talks to C. Ryan Perkins, curator for South Asian and Islamic Studies at Stanford, about his research, his projects in the library, his trip to Peshawar to meet collectors, and the politics of preservation.