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Thursday, July 2 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Gendered violence in India

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The main stream media attributes violence in India  to India's 'culture'. Hindus and Muslims seem to be locked in age old conflict while gender relations are understood to be so 'primitive' that newspapers from the New York Times to the British Independent have talked with concern about India's 'rape problem'. Are there recidivist historic communities and violent social relations in India that have been carried over from an ancient past? This talk explores this eternality of Indian 'culture' and why such explanations are so resilient in commonsense approaches to India.

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Tithi Bhattacharya

Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. She writes extensively on Marxism and oppression and is currently working on her second book which is , a material history of fear in colonial India. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.

Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grant Park A