Events


FEB
26
Date:
Sunday, 26 Feb 2017
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:
W101C in MSU Library (near Sparty's)
Department:
Office of Study Abroad
FEB
27
Date:
Monday, 27 Feb 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Room 303 International Center
Department:
Office of International Health and Safety
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The Office of International Health and Safety, the Office for International Student and Scholars, the Office of Study Abroad, and General Counsel will be holding two Travel Safety Information Sessions on February 27th and March 2ndfrom 12 pm- 1pm in Room 303 of the International Center. The session is open to any Spartans that have questions about international travel safety and immigration policies. This may be of particular interest to Spring Break travelers. 

Date:
Monday, 27 Feb 2017
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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If nations are imagined, how does popular and mainstream cinema in India contribute to that imagination? What relationship does the fantastic and make-believe world of Bollywood  do to the idea of India? My talk will focus upon milestones in Hindi cinema (called Bollywood after liberalization of the 1990s) to demonstrate implicit and explicit interaction between cinema and socio-political contexts in India. In doing so, it will move back and forth between the nation's anxieties about gender, caste, religion, class and cinematic representations to show the real and reel cannot be seen in discrete terms but mutually constitutive entities. In  doing so I argue for cinema as an intersectional site that enables an understanding of both consolidation as well as diffusion of nation and its avowed goals.

Rita Kothari is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India. She is the author of Translating India: The Cultural Politics of English (St. Jerome Publishing, Manchester, rvd ed. Cambridge University Press, New Delhi) and The Burden of Refuge (rvd.ed. Orient Blackswan, New Delhi). She has co-translated Modern Gujarati Poetry (Sahitya Akademi, Delhi) and Coral Island: The Poetry of Niranjan Bhagat (Sahitya Akademi, Gandhinagar). Her translations of note are The Stepchild: Angaliayat (Oxford University Press, New Delhi), Speech and Silence: Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women (Zubaan, New Delhi) and Unbordered Memories: Partition Stories from Sindh (Penguin). She has co-edited Decentring Translation Studies: India and Beyond (John Benjamin Press, Amsterdam) and Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish (Penguin, forthcoming).

Date:
Monday, 27 Feb 2017
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
228 Erickson Hall
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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This talk examines the history of the Twitter novel in Japan and the use if that form in the immediate aftermath of the triple diadter of March 11, 2011. When the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushiman catastrophes struck , telephone connections were dirsupted and mainstream media failed to provide immediate news citizens craved. So many turned to social media for facts streaming from the disasters, while a subset of the population took solace in fiction and poetry posted on those same venues. This talk examines the ways the short, micro, or flash fiction posted on twitter helped readers cope with the trauma, understand the events, and re-imagine possible futures.

Jonothan E. Abel is an Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Penn State University. His recent work looks at the history of new media in Japan in order to examine the interrelations of representations and reality.

Reception to follow.

Date:
Monday, 27 Feb 2017
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
C607 Wells Hall
Department:
Office of Study Abroad
FEB
28
Date:
Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Erickson Hall Room 252
Department:
Asian Studies Center
Date:
Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Given the hectic nature of multiple languages in India, how does a nation sustain itself without a consensus upon a 'national' language? The talk will begin with the disputes regarding Hindi and English as two possible choices for the newly formed nation-state in 1947, and take the reader through the discourse on India's recognized and unrecognized languages/dialects to give a bird's eye-view on its everyday forms of multilingualism. It will also interweave into the narrative the production and reception of literature produced in Indian languages and the challenges to imagining an "Indian" literature.


Rita Kothari is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India. She is the author of Translating India: The Cultural Politics of English and The Burden of Refuge.
This is the second of a 3-part series centered around Rita Kothari's visit to MSU, coordinated with the Asian Studies Center and James Madison College, which includes: History of India through Bollywood on February 27 and Scarred Nations : Partition in the India Subcontinent on March 1.  More information on these programs can be found here.

Date:
Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Rita Kothari is a Gujarati and English language author and translator from Gujarat, India. In an attempt to preserve memories and her identity as Sindhi, she wrote several books on partition and its effects on people. She translated several Gujarati works in English and edited some.  Her books include Translating India (2003), The Burden of Refuge: The Sindhi Hindus of Gujarat (2007), Unbordered Memories (2009).

MAR
1
Date:
Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Online
Department:
Office of Study Abroad
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Applications for study abroad programs are accepted on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the better!

 

The application deadline for most programs taking place during summer 2017,  fall 2017 or the 2017-18 academic year is March 1st.  

 

Some program deadlines will vary to be sure to check the individual program webpage.  Many programs will also fill up before the deadline, so remember to apply early! Once you have applied to your program, be sure to apply for the OSA scholarships.

 

To apply, login to the Study Abroad Student Portal and complete the online application.  You will have to create an account using your MSU NetID by clicking on the "Register" button on the left side of the screen. Once you have made your account, you will be able to begin your application. 

Date:
Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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GenCen will be awarding one scholarship each to students attending the Women's & Gender Studies Study Abroad Programs in Malawi (Development and NGOs: Internships), London (Gender, Sex, and Feminism in the UK), and Amsterdam (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Sexual Politics).

These scholarships, for $1,000-$1,250 each, are made possible by the Abbott–Haskin Endowment in even-numbered years and the Director's Challenge Campaign in odd-numbered years. Students are eligible to apply if they are:

  1. In a Women's & Gender Studies degree program (WGS major/minor or LGBTQ minor)
  2. Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  3. "Have demonstrated the capacity to make a difference in public service upon graduation."

    [Administrative Note: In 2016, per the Abbott-Haskin Endowment, we included a requirement that applicants be rising juniors, juniors, or seniors. However, for the 2017 application season we have removed this eligibility requirement.]

Applications Must Include:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the scholarship, how the study abroad program furthers their scholarly interests, and how they plan to use their women's and gender studies degree after graduation
  • A resume or CV
  • Proof of acceptance to one of the listed WGS Study Abroad programs
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need; materials in support of demonstrating such need are encouraged as applicable.

Application Deadline:
Please email application materials to gencen(at)msu.edu by March 15; preference will be given to applications submitted by March 1.