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.
• '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.
• Screening of Khayal Darpan at Moving Images, Prasad's Preview lab, Hyderabad, Oct.4, 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.
• Participation 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.
• Participating in Tasveer Ghar workshop: Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice, at Duke University, Durham (USA), May 3-4, 2019 (forthcoming).

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