The South Asian Studies at Stanford (SASS) Podcast features conversations between the Center for South Asia at Stanford and guests who have a connection to Stanford as faculty, staff, students, or alumni. The podcasts feature a wide range of topics, ranging from poetry to politics, from manuscript collecting to music, from business to Bollywood. Every podcast consists of an informal and informative conversation about South Asia and its meaning in the world, in our lives, and at Stanford.
Environmental history and temporality in South Asia
Lalita du Perron talks to Eduardo Acosta (Mellon Fellow at Stanford History) about his PhD from the University of Chicago, the colonial preoccupation to control rivers, climate change, and how time is in fact a cultural construct.
Periyar: authority, caste, and women’s rights
Lalita du Perron welcomes Karthick Ram Manoharan to discuss his latest book Periyar: a study in political atheism (Orient Black Swan, 2022) and his new research while a visiting fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Apologies for occasional sound issues.
Transnational Tibetan Buddhism, Performing Identity, and the 84,000 Project
Lalita du Perron talks to Ana Cristina Lopes about her work on transnational Tibetan Buddhism, her book Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora, and her new work on the 84,000 project, whose mission is to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages, and provide open and free access to over 230,000 pages. Find out more at 84000.co.
Robert Rakove, Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan before the Soviet Invasion
Lalita du Perron welcomes Robert Rakove from International Relations at Stanford to talk about his new book Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan before the Soviet Invasion.
Book link: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/days-of-opportunity/9780231210454
Gowri Shankar, Protecting King Cobras
Lalita du Perron talks to Gowri Shankar of https://www.kalingafoundation.org/ about his work on the King Cobra, how being bitten by a snake sparked his PhD research, and how to keep ourselves and animals safe.
Rabia Saeed: The power of writing, serendipity, and luck
Lalita du Perron talks to Rabia Saeed, current Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing, about her journey from Kohat, Pakistan, to Stanford and beyond.
Links to her stories:
Love this podcast!
Absolutely love this podcast — Lalita is the best host, and I love the range of interviewees. Wonderful opening and closing music!