Monthly Archives: April 2022

Jennifer Dubrow (U Washington): “Characters to Resist Modernity in the Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto” [2-3:30 pm EDT, Monday, May 9, 2022]

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Research Workshop on Translation will host Dr. Jennifer Dubrow (University of Washington-Seattle) for an online public lecture, “Characters to Resist Modernity in the Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto.” The event will take place on Zoom 2 – 3:30 pm EDT Monday, May 9, 2022. 

To register for this talk and download three brief English translations of short stories by Manto, please visit

This talk introduces the work of Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955), whom Salman Rushdie called “the undisputed master of the modern Indian short story.” Now known for his radical stories of prostitutes and Partition, Manto penned indelible characters who refused South Asian modernity’s categories of Hindu/Muslim, pimp/prostitute, and man/woman. Through a reading of some of Manto’s most well-known and controversial stories, this talk reveals how Manto used a character-driven style to critique colonial modernity, and then fragmented this style to interrogate sexuality after Partition.

Jennifer Dubrow is Associate Professor of Urdu at the University of Washington-Seattle. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia, published by the University of Hawai’i Press in 2018 and Permanent Black in 2019. She is currently writing a book on Urdu modernism in South Asia from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Padma Rangarajan: “The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism in Three Parts” [May 3, 2022 – 4 pm]

UC Riverside Department of English Associate Professor Padma Rangarajan will present “The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism in Three Parts” on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00pm as part of the UB Department of English Juxtapositions Lecture Series. This virtual event will take place on Zoom. To join, please visit

Padma Rangarajan is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature. She is the author of Imperial Babel: Translation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century (Fordham 2014). Her current project, Thug Life: The British Empire and the Birth of Terrorism interrogates discourses of modern terrorism through an examination of the legal and cultural legacy of nineteenth-century British imperialism. She has published articles in English Literary History, Studies in Scottish LiteratureThe Keats-Shelley Journal, Nineteenth Century Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Literature and is editing a special issue of Romantic Circles on “Contingent Romanticism.” 

April 30: 4th Annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia



Saturday, April 30, 2022

In-Person (509 O’Brian Hall) + Zoom (register for link)

Saturday, April 30th at 4 PM EST
Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight Keynote Speaker
Trouble Among the Righteous: The FBI and American Islam

Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight is the author of 17 books, including not only scholarship but also works of fiction and creative nonfiction. His forthcoming works include Sufi Deleuze, an exploration of Islam through a Deleuzian lens, and a monograph on the Nation of Islam’s Supreme Wisdom Lessons. He is an assistant professor of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida.

Featuring Student Speakers & Panelists 

Join student speakers, both domestic and international, as well as panel chairs from the University at Buffalo as they speak about some of the most important issues in South Asia. We will cover a diverse range of topics, discussing political, social, health, and environmental issues.    

This hybrid event is free, but registration is required. To register visit For more information, please contact

Program Schedule

Saturday, April 30th

Panel 1: Governments’ Role in the Spread of Disinformation & How it Affects Marginalized Groups

8:45 am – 10:30am

Panel Chair: Dr. Naila Sahar, University at Buffalo & Forman Christian College (Pakistan)

Prerna Vij, Ashoka University   “The Conspiratorial Road to the North East Delhi Pogrom”

Samana Butul, Syeda Dua, Zehra Zaidi, Habib University “Sociopolitical Discourse of Balochistan versus Censored Media”

Manaam, University of Delhi “Islamartization: Role of Art in Combating Religious Polarization” 

Syeda Zarah Batool, Habib University “Menstruating while Student: Coming Back To Campus after Lockdown in Pakistan”

Panel 2: The Role of Social Media & Technology in the Spread of Disinformation & Prejudice

10:45am – 12:30pm

Panel Chair: Anupriya Pandey, University at Buffalo

Ananya Pujary, Flame University   “The Effect of Climate Change Fake News on Emotions across Generations”

Rukhshan Haroon, Ayesha Naeem, Uswah Fatima, Lahore University “Sociopolitical Discourse of Balochistan versus Censored Media”

Manum Shahid, McGill University “Dalit Muslims in the Face of Hindu Supremacy”

Sudarshan Pujari, Jadavpur University “Are ‘Voluntary’ Religious Associations Laboratories for State-Politics? The Case of ‘Deras’ in the Politics of North-Western India

Lunch Break 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Panel 3: Power Structures of Regimes & How They Affect Ethnicities, Genders, and Religious Groups

1:00pm- 2:15pm

Panel Chair: Dr. Christopher Lee, Canisius College

Samia Noor, University at Buffalo “The Blossoming of the Narcissus in Urdu Poetry”

Eric Cortes-Kopp, Hamilton College                         “A Threat to Order: Colonial, Nationalist, and Contemporary Approaches To Gender Making”

Nisha Arya, University of Rochester “COVID-19 in India: A Long History of Untouchability”

Panel 4: The Impact of Gendered Relations and Foreign Policy on the South Asian Subcontinent 

2:30pm – 3:45pm

Panel Chair: Dr. Shaanta Murshid, University at Buffalo

Imaan Khasru, Princeton University “Invisible Rebellions: The Indian Colonial Woman and Social Restriction”

Anastasiya Rudenko, University at Buffalo “How have U.S. Actions in Afghanistan been Covered by Soviet Russian Media?”

Brooklynn Mainard, University of Kansas “From the Top: Profiling Iran’s Post-Revolution Political Elite

Keynote Speaker 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Marla Segol, University at Buffalo

Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight

“Trouble Among the Righteous: The FBI and American Islam”

Thank you to our event sponsors!

The fourth annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from the families of Dr. Vinod Rustgi and Dr. Anil Rustgi as well as funding from the University at Buffalo Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB Community for Global Health Equity, UB Humanities Institute, and UB Office of International Education

April 29: Medha Bhattacharyya on “Rethinking Bollywood Women in the Twenty-First Century”

Please join us at 12 pm on Friday, April 29 an Asia at Noon Lecture featuring Dr. Medha Bhattacharyya, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Bhattacharyya will give a virtual presentation on “Rethinking Bollywood Women in the Twenty-First Century.” To attend this online event, please visit