How do boundaries—national, social, and religious—shift over time, and how are they crossed? Join us for talks to explore the dynamics of borders between India and Pakistan, between the two Koreas, and other boundaries in the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Japan, and the US.
February 3: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM).
All other lectures: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)
“We Were Always Buddhist:" Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India
Lucinda Ramberg, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
In 1956 anti-caste activist Dr. B.R. Ambedkar called upon his followers to convert to Buddhism as the equalitarian religion of the original inhabitants of the subcontinent. Since then, conversion to Buddhism in India has been widely understood as a mode of political dissent, and a means of escape from the discrimination and stigma attached to “untouchability.” Drawing on ethnographic research, this talk considers the realization of this dream and its paradoxes.
About the Presenter
Professor Lucinda Ramberg
, Cornell University, is a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar. Her research projects in South India and the United States have roots in longstanding engagements with the politics of sexuality, gender, and religion.
Her first book, Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion (Duke University Press, 2014), is an ethnography of a contemporary practice in which girls are married to a goddess.
Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.
OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan
DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border
Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing Duterte's Drug War in the Philippines
Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during WWII
Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority
“We Were Always Buddhist”: Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India
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