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SSU professor presents on Modern India at Ohio State


November 19


SSU Professor Lavanya Vemsani presented at a conference last month at the Ohio State University.

Lavanya Vemsani

Shawnee State University History Professor Lavanya Vemsani, Ph.D. presented a paper at a conference last month at the Ohio State University. Lasting from October 9-11, “Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia,” and John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, brought together various notable scholars to present their varied perspectives on how modern states developed in Southern Europe and Asia.

Vemsani’s paper, titled “Emergence of Geography as Race in Multi-Religious Country: Tolerance and Conflict in Colonial and Post-Colonial Modern India,” compares colonial and post-colonial India, examining how various parts of the society were influenced by political leaders, geography, and race, ultimately suggesting that geography has become the “predominant category of identity,” and is now the 21st century equivalent of race in India.

An award-winning scholar and professor of history, Vemsani holds two doctorates in Religious Studies and History from McMaster University and the University of Hyderabad, respectively. She is the author of “Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama” and a number of articles on the history and religion of India. Her second book, “Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Lord of Many Names” is slated for publication in Spring 2015.

She is working on two book projects: “India: A New History” and “Ancient Settlement Patterns of South India.” Additionally, she is the editor of International Journal of Dharma and Hindu Studies and associate editor of the Journal of South Asian Religious History.

Her paper is under review for “World History Connected.” Additionally, she’ll be presenting it at the Shawnee State University Faculty Festival of Achievement during the spring 2015 semester.

For more information about the conference, visit http://sawyer.osu.edu/conference. Vemsani can be contacted at lvemsani@shawnee.edu.


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