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Gupta UI lecture focuses on aquatic traditions in Indian Ocean Nov. 11

October 1st, 2011

Anthropologist Pamila Gupta will present a lecture titled “Some (Not so) Lost Aquatic Traditions: Goans Going Fishing in the Indian Ocean” Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be provided.

Gupta will discuss how rituals enhance community and diasporic ties between Portugal, Mozambique, and Goa, India. She will focus on the role rituals play in re-creating sensual and bodily experiences and memories, and in representing notions of Goan popular culture, all to be passed onto subsequent generations of Goan Mozambicans.

Gupta is a senior researcher based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and the African Studies Program, both within UI International Programs, and the UI Department of Anthropology within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or