Conference: East and West Entwined

Date: 29-30 March 2008

Location: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Details: The South Asian Studies Alliance second annual conference seeks to explore the myriad ways in which South Asia and the values associated with the East have interacted with those of the West. What are the political, social, cultural and economic ties that have developed historically as a result of the meeting of these distinct cultures and civilizations? And in the contemporary context, too, what has been the impact of this interaction in a globalized world?

We seek to encourage discussion around a broad range of topics and welcome interdisciplinary approaches to themes such as empire, religion, literature and language, education, media and the arts including cinema, trade and the economy, politics, strategic studies, gender and race, South Asian diasporas, food and fashion, etc. The program for the conference is now on-line at the conference website,


Papers of particular interest to ACSAA members include:

  • Dina Bangdel, Virginia Commonwealth University: “Garden of Dreams”: Rebuilding Neo-Classical Tastes of Rana Nepal
  • Marcella Sirhandi, Oklahoma State University: Nepalese Royal Portraits in the 1930s by an American Photographer:  Intimations of social, political, cultural conditions and change.
  • Deepak Shimkhada, California State University, Northridge: Clock Wrapped in a Colonial Flag
  • Ravi Kalia, City College of the City University of New York: Measuring Modernism in Modern India: Nehru, Le Courbousier, Kahn
  • Brian Shoesmith, Edith Cowan University, Australia, and University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh: An Unrewarding Time: The Indian film studios in the 1940s.
  • Debashish Banerji, Pasadena City College: The Bengal School of Art- Revivalism or Indian Modernism
  • Nalini Rao, Soka University of America: Contemporary Interpretation and Traditional Concepts in Modern Indian Art (1950 – 1980)
  • Marisol Rodarte, California State University, Long Beach: Women's Contributions in Indian Painting Past and Present.
  • Ingrid Aall, California State University, Long Beach: Concluding Remorks: Some Transformative Elements of the Bengal School: it’s Survival in Post Modern Art.
  • Debashish Banerji,Pasadena City College: Cholamandalam as a modern Indian artists community
  • Katherine Harper, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles: A new vision for Nepal: the kashthamandap artists’ group
  • Kathryn Myers, The University of Connecticut: The Influence of India in Contemporary American Art
  • Neha Kamdar, Northwestern University: The Politics of Looking: Sexuality, Power and the Brown Gaze in “Beautiful Laundrette"

Contact Dr. Chandrika Kaul, the program chair, at for details. Presenters are encouraged to consider publishing their work in the ASPAC online journals: E-ASPAC and ASPAC papers.


Submitted by: Dr. Chandrika Kaul, program chair

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