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Lecture: Use of Public Space for Political Protest in India

Date:  September 19, 2013

Time:  2 pm

Summary:  Lisa Mitchell, associate professor of anthropology and history in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will lecture on "Public Space and Political Protest in the History of Indian Democracy" on September 19th on the campus of WSSU.

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Lisa Mitchell, associate professor of anthropology and history in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will lecture on "Public Space and Political Protest in the History of Indian Democracy" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 228 of the Hall-Patterson Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
 
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will focus mainly on the use of public space for protests by linguistic minorities in cities in southern India as they struggle to resist the imposition of Hindi as the national language.  It is based on Mitchell's long-term and current research on public space and political protest in Indian history and everyday practices, Indian languages and linguistic politics.
 
Mitchell is the author of "Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue," which was awarded the Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities by the American Institute of Indian Studies.  She is currently finishing a book on the role of public space in the history of Indian democracy, and has begun research on a new project on the sociocultural history and politics of cement in India.

In addition to teaching, Mitchell is also the director of the University of Pennsylvania's South Asia Center.  She previously had taught at the University of Notre Dame and Bowdoin College and was also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.  Mitchell received her Ph.D. and master's degree in sociocultural anthropology at Columbia University, a master's degree in sociolinguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and her undergraduate degree in government and third world studies at Oberlin College.
 
Mitchell will be a visiting scholar at WSSU for two days as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum.  In addition to her public lecture, Mitchell will also conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty on "Language, Ethnicity, Caste and Politics in South India."

Categories:  Lectures and Readings, Community Connections, Workshops and Seminars

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