About the Seminar:
Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Uttarakhand, this seminar explores growing tensions around the presence of ethnic and religious outsiders, particularly migrants, in mountain villages. In particular, it examines how sexual anxieties about clandestine and unsanctioned romances become a fertile site for anxious debates about rural belonging and the identity of a village.
About the Speaker:
Radhika Govindrajan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas, published by University of Chicago Press in 2018 and Penguin India in 2019.