Upcoming Events

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TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2020

Through January 26, 2020

Jan. 22

TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet provides a platform for a dialogue and intellectual exchange of views on contemporary issues. It brings together literary giants/authors from varied backgrounds for issue-based dialogues on a wide range of relevant topics. In 2020, UChicago Faculty Members Professors Bill Brown, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Rachel DeWoskin, Benjamin Morgan, Dan Raeburn, and Vu Tran, will be speaking at the TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet at various sessions between January 22-26. 

TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2020 is held in association with Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.


Climate Change and the Global Environment: Science and Interpretation

9:00 am–1:00 pm
La Martinere for Boys 11, Loudon street, Kolkata – 700017


The University of Chicago Center in Delhi in collaboration with La Martinere for Boys, Ashoka University and TCG Crest will be hosting a half day symposium on the above topic. The idea is to introduce to a young audience in Kolkata the science of climate change, its social implications, and the way the science has generated conversations across different disciplines including areas in the humanities.


Right-wing thought has a long and ancient tradition in India. In this book, Jaithirth Rao, University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum, and Founder, Mphasis, traces its history, explores its philosophical underpinnings and different manifestations, and defines it as conservatism – a philosophy that rejects radical, reactionary and utopian positions and argues for change that evolves gradually and peacefully, preserves features of the past that are constructive and worth cherishing, and believes in a minimalist state that protects individual liberties even as it promotes policies that work on the ground.

Creative Entrepreneurship: How I Became a BestSeller

5:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Please join us for the book launch event of Mr Ashwin Sanghi's new book titled "Creative Entrepreneurship: How I Became a BestSeller." 

Mar. 11

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) conference will bring together scholars from across Asia, Europe, and North America to present their latest research on all aspects of the Persianate world from the ancient to the contemporary and in fields such as literature, history, art history, linguistics, anthropology, and social history. In addition to paper presentations, ASPS showcases films, music, and artworks by local and international artists and offers book exhibits and cultural excursions to historical sites and/or museums.

Committee on International Relations Visit 2020

Through March 24, 2020
Mumbai and Delhi, India

Mar. 14

Students from the Committee on International Relations (CIR) will be embarking on an intensive 10-day seminar on Asian international relations in Mumbai and Delhi, India, in March of 2020. This seminar, the fourth trip to India for CIR made possible by the peerless support of the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi, includes opportunities to meet South Asian scholars, students, analysts, and international relations practitioners from the Indian government and regional think tanks who provide guest lectures and lead group discussions on issues such as regional security and political economy, human rights, and climate change. The seminar is led by Senior Lecturers with CIR, M. J. Reese and Matthias Staisch. The intellectual exchanges facilitated by these seminars have proven to be life-altering experiences for students who have had the opportunity to participate in the trip in the past, altering post-CIR professional career trajectories in the academy and beyond.

Global Technology in Local Contexts: Lithography in Asia

Through March 17, 2020
UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar. 16

The year 2022 will mark the bicentenary of the arrival of lithography in India, a watershed moment in the history of printing in South Asia that has been described as more significant than the advent of movable type in 1556. An inexpensive, easily accessible printing technology, lithography enjoyed extraordinary success in India; it has been associated with the “democratization of print” in South Asia and the rise of commercial printing and journalism in Indian languages. Within India’s multilingual/multiscript cultural landscape, lithography was a versatile mass production medium, while it also provided a link with manuscript traditions in its ability to replicate fine calligraphy. Across the Islamic world, Muslim communities embraced it for both religious and secular printing.

Global Populisms

Through March 17, 2020
Lecture Hall, UChicago Center in Delhi

Mar. 16

This is the first in a series of workshops convened by Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) to interrogate the global rise of authoritarianism in historical, comparative, and transnational perspective. This two-day event begins with the understanding that we need to unsettle default assumptions about the merits of liberal democracy, to distinguish between liberal democracy and other prospects for democratic action, and to interrogate the conventional scholarly investments in the bifurcation between authoritarian and democratic regime types. In this endeavor we are committed to working with theories from the global south with the objective of producing creative research on new forms of authoritarian populism.

Visual Studies Workshop

All day
Through March 21, 2020

Mar. 20

We live in a world saturated with images. However, the idea of saturation presupposes certain limits upon our capacity to archive, analyse and discipline data. In pedagogical terms, what are the implications of this opposition between the idea of excess that saturation implies and the notion of order ingrained in archiving?

India's Francophone Literature

10:00 am
UChicago Center in Delhi


French, long a language of colonial power in India, is still present in Indian literature today. Generally ignored in the English-speaking world, India's francophone literature is gaining a new lease on life, as new authors contribute to its growing corpus, as translations of major literary works appear, and as scholars develop new perspectives on this site of cultural encounter.