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SASP to host lecture on rural-urban entanglements in India

February 12th, 2019

The South Asian Studies Program will present a lecture by University of Washington Professor Priti Ramamurthy entitled "Punctuated Violence: 'Caring Karna' and the Dynamics of Translocal Householding in India" on Friday, March 1, from 3-4:30 p.m. in UCC 1117 (International Commons).  This event is free and open to the public.

Based on oral histories of rural migrants to Delhi and Hyderabad, and visits to ten villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, this talk will consider rural-urban entanglements in contemporary India and the phenomenon of translocal households, which split social reproduction across the city and the country.

Priti Ramamurthy is a professor in the department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. An ethnographer, she has returned to the same villages in the Telangana region of southern India for three decades to understand the relationship between the social reproduction of families, livelihoods, and processes of agrarian transformation. Ramamurthy’s articulation of feminist commodity chain analysis, as a way to track the creation of value and gendered identities, is a methodological contribution to studies of gender and globalization. 

This event is co-sponsored by International Programs, the College of Public Health, the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, and the Department of Anthropology.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this, please contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at sarolta-petersen@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3862.

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