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The Three Patriarchs of Embattled Love: Caste, Religion and State | A talk by Meena Kandasamy | Co-sponsored event with NYU Gallatin


In this talk, Meena Kandasamy, Gallatin’s Global Faculty-in-Residence and author of The Gypsy Goddess (Harper, 2014), discusses her site-responsive chronicle of the Dharmapuri atrocity which occurred in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On one day in October 2012, in response to the love affair between a caste-Hindu Vanniyar woman and a Dalit man, the homes of 300 Dalit people were burned. Kandasamy reflects on the event, explores how one bears witness to violence and the social realities of India’s caste-embattled terrain, and considers what it means to be a politically engaged writer who seeks to unravel the specifics of caste violence in contemporary Tamil history.

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November 13
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
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