The History and Cultures of India

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November 9, 2013 @ 9:30 am
November 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm
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The Program in the Humanities and Human Values

India is the largest democracy in the world; its economy the tenth-largest. Four world religions originated there. The region has a long, rich, and varied history. We’ve brought together four experts as our guides to a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the subcontinent. Emma Flatt introduces us to courts in pre-colonial India when courtiers roamed the kingdoms and principalities in search of patronage, offering their skills in the areas of letter-writing, wrestling, and astrology. Philip Stern takes us to the time of British Empire from the days of the East India Company through the Raj, focusing particularly on the role India played in creating the first truly global economy. Iqbal Sevea offers insights into Islamic understandings of the Indian nation from colonial-era resistance to the present day. Townsend Middleton explores how communities in this ethnically diverse nation negotiate “who’s in” and “who’s out,” and in turn shape communal and national identity. For those interested in “all things India,” we’ve also arranged for a special discount for the Carolina Performing Arts production by The Manganiyar Seduction on November 4th, and a tour of the Ackland Art Museum’s exhibition on Sahmat, the Indian artistic activist movement.

Emma Jane Flatt, Assistant Professor of History
Philip J. Stern, Associate Professor of History, Duke University
Iqbal Singh Sevea, Assistant Professor of History
Townsend Middleton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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