Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Centre for India and South Asia Research offers 2 conference/workshop travel grants per year at up to $500 each for current graduate students at UBC to support travel to present papers on topics related to South Asia.

CISAR Graduate Student Travel Grant 2018/2019

The recipients of the CISAR Graduate Student Travel Grant 2018/2019 are Eshantha Peiris, Ethnomusicology and Sameena, AHVA.

Eshantha Peiris, Ethnomusicology

I will be presenting a paper entitled “Numerical Equivalences in Taxonomies as a Way of Explanation: the Panchatūryanāda Classification of Musical Instruments in Buddhist Sri Lanka” at the 22nd Symposium of the (International Council of Traditional Music) Study Group on Musical Instruments, to be held at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, on April 10-13, 2019. My paper addresses issues of categorization in a South Asian context, examining situations where the practical functions of traditional taxonomies are not immediately apparent. While I focus on Sri Lankan Buddhist practice in particular, I contextualize my arguments within broader South Asian philosophical trends. This line of inquiry forms a part of my current doctoral research in UBC’s Ethnomusicology program, in which I am studying processes of change in the Up-Country drumming tradition of central Sri Lanka.

Sameena, AHVA

My paper Women Photographers and the Business of Photography in Post-colonial India to be presented at American Historical Association conference, Chicago, 2019, looks through the archives of commercial photo-studios at conditions that led to the emergence of professional women photographers in Delhi and UP in post-colonial India. It critically addresses the politics of invisibility by looking at why the history of women photographers remains a ‘lost-history’ in North India. The AHA conference paper is part of my ongoing Ph.D. research that I pursue at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA), UBC. In my thesis, I critically examine the emergence of a wide range of analog practices of photography in post-colonial India developed by commercial studios/amateur photographers as well as the development of illegal infrastructures (in the absence of State-sponsored organizations) like the alternative trans-regional pirate economy that led to democratization of studio spaces and visual images.