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Purnima Bhatt to Lecture on the African Diaspora in India

In celebration of Black History Month, Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor emerita of history, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at Hood, will deliver a lecture “The African Diaspora in India: Assimilation, Change and Cultural Survivals” on Feb. 21.

In her lecture, she will review the culture and identity of Africans brought to the Indian subcontinent for their labor and skills. Her lecture will include visual images she collected during her years of research in India.

Bhatt’s newly released book by the same name is one of the first to be published on this topic. She describes how many of the African descendants in India are members of the large Dalit community with whom they intermarried, and examines their religious rituals, music and dance to show evidence of African influences. Her work is a substantial addition to the emerging field of Indian Ocean Studies.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Whitaker Campus Center Commons, and a reception will follow.

This event is sponsored by the African American Studies program and the Office of the Provost.

Everyone is welcome!


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