Spring Lecture Series - Animals in Social Theory

January 31 - Radhika Govindrajan
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Young Auditorium - First floor Main Library
Public reception to follow in Commonwealth House (226 East Maxwell Street)

’The Cow is a Mother, Not An Animal’: Innocence and Animality in Indian Bovine Politics

Radhika Govindrajan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. She is a cultural anthropologist who works across the fields of multispecies ethnography, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of religion, South Asian Studies, and political anthropology. Her research is motivated by a longstanding interest in understanding how human relationships with nonhumans in South Asia are variously drawn into and shape broader issues of cultural, political, and social relevance: right-wing religious nationalism; elite projects of environmental conservation and animal-rights; everyday ethical action in a time of environmental decline; and people’s struggle for social and political justice in the face of caste discrimination, patriarchal domination, and state violence and neglect. Her book Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018 and by Penguin India in 2019. She has also published articles in the journals American Ethnologist, Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, HAU: The Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and RCC Perspectives.

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