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Religion and Secularism
Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Kennedy Room, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
What are the forces contributing to the rise and consolidation of religious nationalism in contemporary South Asia? How might incidents of communal violence be connected to secular legal frameworks and the politics of caste and tribe? Why do communal conflicts often entail violence against women? This panel will explore these questions through close, ethnographic examinations of communal violence in Gujarat (2002) and Orissa (2008).
Lead: Harpreet Singh, College Fellow, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University