Yousuf Saeed

Talks/Conferences organised/attended
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• Presented two multi-media lectures in September 2004, to the students at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi: (1) Cross-cultural Interactions in Indian Music - Amir Khusrau’s Contribution, and (2) Finding Syncretic Symbolism in the Religious Art of Muslims.
• Presented the paper Contemporary Challenges to Pluralism in the Popular Devotional Art of South Asian Muslims at the workshop “InVisible Histories: The Politics of Placing the Past”, held at Amsterdam, organized by International Institute for the Study of Islam and Modernity (ISIM), Leiden, Sept. 2005.
• Presented the paper Pluralism in the popular devotional art of Indian Muslims at the Second International Conference on Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilisation, 17-20 December 2005, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, organized by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
• Presentations on Syncretic Symbolism in Muslim Popular Art at the Gallery Alternatives, Gurgaon, Haryana (26 Nov.2005), and at Miranda House, Delhi University (13 Dec.2005).
• Presented the paper Telling Devotional Stories in the Muslim Popular Art of India: Images in the Ritual of a Pilgrimage, at the workshop “Building a scientific database for visual and audiovisual media” at University of Heidelberg, Germany, May 2006.
• Presented the paper Amir Khusrau and Indo-Muslim Identity among the Art Music Traditions of Pakistan at the 6th Annual Asia Fellows Conference at Bangkok, July 2006.
• Presentation on Stereotypes of Indian Muslims in Popular Media, at the Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop at WISCOMP (Dalai Lama Foundation), India International Centre, Delhi, Dec. 2007.
• Presented a paper on Amir Khusrau's Persian Poetry in Contemporary Performance of Sam'a and Hindustani Music, at the Seminar Aqeedat ke Rang, IGNCA, Delhi, April 2008.
• Presented the paper Hindustani Classical Music in Pakistan: A Crisis of Identity and Patronage, at International Conference "India and the World: The Performing Arts", at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20-22 Nov, 2008. (with partial screening of the documentary Khayal Darpan).
• Presented The teaching of Hindustani vocal music in Pakistan and the transmission of Qawwali repertoires as performed in Sufi shrines of Delhi and Gwalior in a 2-day workshop on “The Role of Lyrics in the Transmission of Hindustani Music”, supported by École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and held at Hamdard University, New Delhi, 18-19 February 2009.
• Organized and participated in a workshop on Hindustani Music and Partition, supported by Asian Scholarship Foundation (Bangkok) and hosted by Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on 22-23 August 2008. A report in The Hindu.
• Organized and participated in 2 workshops on Appreciating Sufi Music and Qawwali, for Ektara India, at New Delhi (October, December 2009). See a report here.
• Participated in the Interactive Seminar on Media Asset Management of Doordarshan Archives, New Delhi, 1st to 8th December 2009.
• "Popular Islam and Urban Spaces: The Nizamuddin Shrine in New Delhi", 22nd January, 2010, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi (part of Heidelberg University's "Cluster of Excellence - Asia and Europe in Global Context").
• "Understanding Bulleh Shah and Amir Khusrau" - a workshop on appreciating Sufi music and qawwali (Ektara India), 6-14 Feb.2009, St.Mary's School, Safdarjang Enclave, New Delhi. More of such workshops by Ektara.
Media and Minorities – Stereotype Images and Prejudices. Visual presentation followed by a discussion. At Dr. K. R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. 20 Feb. 2010.
• Conference on "Narrating the Visual; Visualizing Narrative," North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, March 5-6, 2010.
• "Sacred Spaces/Sacred Sounds", 2009-10 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 23-24 April 2010. See abstracts.
• Presented: (1) Nizamuddin’s Heritage Buildings and Delhi’s Urban Face-lift and (2) Posters Advertising the Pilgrimage Ceremonies at North Indian Sufi Shrine, at the workshop 'Changing Popular Visual Cultures of Muslim Shrines: Transcultural Flows and Urban Spaces', at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows", Heidelberg, Germany, June 4-5, 2010.
• Participated in UGC-sponsored National Seminar on “Religion and Popular Culture in the Indian Sub-Continent”, Bethune College, Kolkata, in collaboration with Tasveer Ghar, 7-8 December 2010.
• Participated in “Urban visualities: Sites and Sights of Street ArtAn international seminar, artist workshop and exhibition, organised by DakshinChitra, Chennai, January 28-30, 2011. See a report.
• Participated in the conference "Visual Culture and Identity Narratives in the Making of Modern India", at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. (United States), April 29-30, 2011.
Hyderabad• Participated in a workshop on "Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice", at Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (Organised by ACUA): 12-17 Sept. 2011.
• "Indo-Muslim Popular Arts and Culture": A series of lectures and film shows at Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad: 19-20th September 2011.
• "Moral Nurturing via Religious Calendar Art and Devotional Videos in Muslim South Asia", paper presented at the conference THINKING EUROPE/THINKING INDIA, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, 23-25th November 2011.
• "Muslim Devotional Art in India", a discussion on the release of the book, with Prof. Patricia Oberoi as discussant. 12 December, 2011. India International Centre, New Delhi.
• "Delhi’s Nizamuddin shrine: Between faith, livelihood and heritage restoration", in the conference: Between Global Aspirations and Local Realities: India’s cities in interdisciplinary perspective, 28 March 2012, School of the Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi.
• "Print and postal exchange between Delhi and Lahore in early 20th century: Readings from some archived ephemera", a presentation made at the panel on Visual Archives and Cultural Histories, India International Centre, New Delhi, 28 March 2012 (Other panelists: Dr Jyotindra Jain, Dr Malavika Karlekar, and Dr Tapati Guha-Thakurta).
• Participated in the workshop on 'The Oral History and Eco-cultural Mapping Project' at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 23-24 April, 2012. (Organised by Sahapedia and IIAS).
• "Muslim Devotional Art - a visual presentation", at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, 27 July 2012.
• Participation in 'Archives Southasia: Creating, Curating, Connecting', 28-29 July 2012, Bangalore. Organised by the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange.
• "Images of the Two Nations" Readings and visual presentation from the book Muslim Devotional Art in India, 5 pm, 7th September 2012, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. 
Smithsonian Instt.• Participating in "Sufism at Smithsonian Symposium". 22-23 Sept. 2012, Washington D.C. 
• Lecturing tour in the US in Fall 2012
• "Private music archives of Lutfullah Khan and others in Pakistan: ‘Treasuring in’ a nostalgia of the undivided South Asia", at IASA 2012 Annual Conference organized by ARC-AIIS, New Delhi, on 9th Oct. 2012.
Four films on India's popular Islam, at World Integrity Centre, Dehradun. 13 Oct. 2012.
• "Your Divine is inside You", participated in a radio programme on Sufism, ABC, Australia, 27 October 2012. Produced by Lesley Branagan.
• "Cultural Heritage of Amir Khusrau and Nizamuddin Aulia in South Asia", illustrated lecture at Chandigarh Literary Society, Chandigarh, at 6 pm on 9th November, 2012. A news report
• Screening of "The Heritage of Amir Khusrau" a documentary film, at Sama’a 2012 festival, NCPA, Mumbai. 22nd November 2012, at 5 pm.• "Introducing Amir Khusrau", an illustrated lecture at Wilson College, Mumbai, 23rd Nov.2012.
• "Muslim Devotional Art in India" – An illustrated lecture, at K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai. 23rd November, 2012.
• ‘India’s bazaar art: mixing religion, money and aesthetics in 20th century’ – an illustrated lecture at St.Stephen’s College, New Delhi, 7 Feb. 2013 (Co-organized by Sahapedia as part of a lecture series on Indian art).
• ‘The Self and the Other: Portraying India’s “Muslim community” in early-20th century print culture’ at the conference The Making of Religious Identities: Historical and Contemporary Themes, 14-15 March 2013, organized by the Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
• ‘Chishti Sufi portraits: Image-making from Central Asian visual culture to the 20th century poster art in India’, at the conference Central Asia and South Asia: Economic, Developmental and Socio-Cultural Linkages, 19-20th March 2013, at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
A festival of documentary films by Yousuf Saeed, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, 28-29 March, 2013. Organized by Chandigarh Sangaeet Natak Academy.
• 'Trial by Media: Constructing an Image of the "Extremist" Muslim in India' at the conference Violence,Insurgencies, Deceptions: Conceptualizing Urban Life in South Asia, organized in Singapore by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (6-7 May 2013).
Cultural Heritage of Sufi Nizamuddin Aulia in South Asia, and audio-visual presentation at the Lee Kong Chian Gallery at National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore, starting 6:30 pm on 8th May 2013.
'Popular Imagery in Urdu Print Culture of Early 20th century India' in the Conference: ARCHIVES OF THE EVERYDAY at Wassenaar, Netherlands. Organized by Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and Leiden University on October 31st, November 1st & 2nd, 2013.
An Afternoon with Indian Documentary Maker, Yousuf Saeed: 'India’s Popular Islam: Short Films on Devotional Muslim Culture', at Leiden University on November 4th, 2013. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS).
• 'Watching the Cinema of K.A. Abbas as an Artist' presented at the symposium of K.A. Abbas Centenary Celebrations at Raj Bhawan, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 11th May, 2014.
• Yousuf Saeed talks to Bindu Chawla about classical music and partition, on Lok Sabha channel, 2014
• 'Print and postal exchange between Delhi and Lahore in early 20th century: Readings from some archived ephemera', lecture at the Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi,  15 October 2014.
• 'Tasveer-e Urdu: popular Urdu print culture in early 20th century' presented at the Lucknow Literary Festival, 13 Feb.2015, Lucknow. Supported by IFA.
• 'Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Education', a presentation at the monthly Education Adda, New Delhi, 14 March 2015.
• Baat Cheet with Yousuf Saeed on Qasba Sanskriti – The Small Town Stories. Screening of films Amroha and Bilgram (22 April 2015 @ Anhad)
Hum Sab Nizamuddin (A Neighbourhood Museum), 25th April, 2015: Presentation 'Nizamuddin and the Visual Media'.
• Presentation at the conference ‘Vision 2025 for an Inclusive India’, 29 April 2015, India International Centre, New Delhi.
• Presentation on the state of culture in India in the last one year's BJP rule at 'Idea of India Conclave' at Constitution Club, New Delhi, 17 May 2015.
• Presentation: Urdu print culture in early 20th century (IFA showcase), Lamakaan, Hyderabad, June 13, 2015.
• Book reading: Visual Homes, Image Worlds: Essays from Tasveer Ghar, at World Integrity Centre, Dehradun, June 20, 2015.
• Workshop on Appreciating Sufi Music and Literature, at Lamakaan, Hyderabad, Oct.4, 2015.
• Illustrated lecture - 'Visual Homes, Image Worlds - India's popular visual culture' at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Oct. 5, 2015.
• Illustrated lecture - 'Nizamuddin Shrine’s Built Heritage and Delhi’s Urban Face-lift' at Study India Programme, University of Hyderabad. Oct. 5, 2015.
• Presented 'Religious Urdu Periodicals in Early 20th Century: Promoting a Syncretic Piety in South Asia' at the Conference on Religion and Social Diversity in South Asia, 12-14 October 2015, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
• Screening of film 'Khusrau Darya Prem ka' (40 mins) at India International Centre, New Delhi, 02 December, 2015.
Pluralism in the poster art of India, short lecture at the Hindu LitFest, Chennai, 14-16 January, 2016. See report: The Muse Behind the Word.
• Presented 'Popular Art of the ‘Two Nations’ in the Mid-Twentieth Century', at The Idea of Nationalism, An International Conference on Teaching History, Kolkata, 10-12 November 2016. (Org. by Seagull Foundation)
• Presented paper: Jadooi ilaj: medical and magical advertisements in early Urdu magazines in 3-days international conference on the Popular Culture of Urdu Language, at Centre for Indian Languages, JNU, New Delhi, 10 September 2017.
• Participated in Conference: 'Rethinking the Dynamics of Music and Nationalism' in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 26-29 September 2017.
• Excerpts from the film Campus Rising at the festival Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art in People’s Movements, April 20, 2019, 1 – 8 p.m., Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL.
• Lecture: 'Popular Islam in South Asian Visual Culture' at University of Chicago (South Asia), April 22, 2019.
'Celebrating India’s Shared Culture and Religious Traditions: Short films by Yousuf Saeed', 305, Emerson, Harvard University (South Asia center), April 26, 2019.
• Participated in Tasveer Ghar workshop: Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice, at Duke University, Durham (USA), May 3-4, 2019.
• Participated in Revisiting the Discovery of India, at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 15th November 2019 (Discussion on TV series 'Bharat Ek Khoj'), with Prof.Y.S. Alone and others.
South Asia as print centre of Islamic popular art in early 20th century (2020)
The Making of 'Khayal Darpan' documentary film (2020)
Discovering Personal Histories through Digital Public Archives (Dec 18, 2020) at Jamia Millia Islamia
E-course on Countering Online Hate and Fake News (2020)
Urdu Musicology in 20th century South Asia: Symposium on Indo-Persian Musical Confluence, July 2021
Development of Qawwali in Awadh Region (2021) India International Centre, New Delhi

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