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Censorship and Self-Censorship in India

When: Friday, April 5, 2019
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rossitza Guenkova-Fernandez   (847) 491-3611

Group: Religious Studies Department

Category: Academic


Lecture By Wendy Doniger, Professor Emeritus of the History of Religions at the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Description: Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, created an uproar in India when it was published in 2009. Presenting Hinduism through its idiosyncrasies, the book was the subject of a lawsuit that claimed it was insulting to Hindus. As a result, the publisher, Penguin India, decided in 2014 to take the book off of shelves in India and pulp it. Professor Doniger’s talk will tell the backstory of her publication of this book and discuss how her current work on the topic of censorship has itself been self-censored by publishers in India. Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and one of the most well known scholars on Hinduism in the world.

Reception to follow in Kresge 2-350


The Event is Presented by the Global Antiquities Working Group

and co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Department of Classics, and the Department of Religious Studies

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