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SSU Professor Presents at American Historical Association Meeting in New York City

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February 3

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Lavanya Vemsani presented at the 129th annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Lavanya Vemsani, an Associate Professor of History in the Social Sciences Department at Shawnee State University, presented at the 129th annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) held on Jan. 2 – 5 in New York City, New York.

Vemsani, who holds two doctorate degrees from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and the University of Hyderbad in Hyderbad, India, presented her topic on the “Emergence of Geography as Race in a Multi-Religious Country: Tolerance and Conflict in Colonial and Post-Colonial Modern India.”

According to Vemsani, she was able to present her topic to other professors and scholars from around the world.

“My presentation had various individuals from all over the world because the issue that I was presenting was an international topic, as it covered regionalization and world history in the context of how world history is affected by regional movement,” Vemsani said. “Basically, how new states and political movements are coming about because of this new idea of regionalization and how this helps India.”

Vemsani says that the development of smaller states inside the country will help India grow in many different avenues.

“I really think having smaller states will actually help the Indian government develop further because they can focus on more pressing issues, such as child development,” Vemsani said.

In addition to the presentation on India, Vemsani also participated in a discussion about the film “Gulabi Gang,” which is a 2012 documentary that profiles the Indian activities in their struggle to stop gender violence and corruption against the women of their native country.

For more information about Lavanya Vemsani and her works, contact Vemsani at lvemsani@shawnee.edu or by calling (740) 351-3233.

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