Panel Discussion: The Manipal Centre for Humanities Meets the Centre for South Asian Studies

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Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 202110:30AM - 11:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed due to the CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) censure of the University of Toronto.

The Manipal Centre for Humanities is one of two Centres of Excellence under the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)–MAHE itself was one of the six original Institutes of Eminence recognized by the Government of India in 2018. Over the last decade, the Manipal Centre for Humanities has helped pioneer in India a strong multi-disciplinary, research-driven, and India-relevant approach to undergraduate and graduate education. Its faculty are internationally recognized in three key disciplines–literature, sociology and history–and many of its students and alumni are at the forefront of South Asia research in India, Europe and North America.

This is the first of a series of encounters, planned for the coming years, in which research and teaching institutions in South Asia represented by their faculty will be invited to the Centre for South Asian Studies to present their work, discuss shared interests, and meet and exchange as collectives dealing with the same global challenges. A series of talks by colleagues from the Manipal Centre for Humanities will lead up to this panel discussion in which the MCH and the CSAS communities will be given the opportunity to begin an open-ended conversation.

* The series of talks by colleagues from the Manipal Centre for Humanities are posted above on our events website. Please look up the event titles below on our website and register for the ones you would like to attend.

April 28, 9:00 – 10:00 am | Ageing and Later Life Caregiving Arrangements in Urban India (Speaker: Jagriti Gangopadhyay)
April 28, 10:30 – 11:30 am | The Secret Pleasures of a Migrant Dictionary (Speaker: Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil)
April 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am | The Waiting Dissolve: Abrar Alvi’s Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) (Speaker: Gayathri Prabhu)


Nikhil Govind joined the Manipal Centre for Humanities after completing his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include modern Indian literature and film. He is the author of Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel (Routledge, 2014), Inlays of Subjectivity: Affect and Action in Modern Indian Literature (Oxford, 2019), and (with Gayathri Prabhu), Shadow Craft: Visual Aesthetics of Black and White Hindi Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). He has been Head of the Manipal Centre of Humanities since 2015.

Jagriti Gangopadhyay’s main research areas are Medical Sociology and Social Gerontology. Her work analyzes the intersections between health, cultural practices, laws, and policies among older adults. Additionally, her work deals with questions related to women and infant health in India.

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil is interested in the cultural dimensions of the migration to the Arabian Gulf from the south Indian state of Kerala. His papers on various aspects of the cultures of Gulf migration have appeared on various platforms including academic journals. Shafeeq received his PhD in Cultural Studies from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Gayathri Prabhu is Associate Professor at the Manipal Centre for Humanities and holds a doctoral degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of four novels, a memoir and a novella in prose poetry. She is also the co-author (with Nikhil Govind) of Shadow Craft: Visual Aesthetics of Black and White Hindi Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). She works with mental health advocacy and is the Coordinator of the Student Support Centre, a psychotherapy service for students in Manipal.


Nikhil Govind
Associate Professor and Head, Manipal Centre for Humanities

Jagriti Gangopadhyay
Assistant Professor, Manipal Centre for Humanities

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil
Assistant Professor, Manipal Centre for Humanities

Gayathri Prabhu
Associate Professor, Manipal Centre for Humanities

Christoph Emmrich
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School; Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

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Asian Institute


Centre for South Asian Studies

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