November 27, 2017
SSU’s Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, presented “India: A New History,” on Thursday, Nov. 16 at OSU
Shawnee State University’s Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, Professor of History and Religious Studies, presented “India: A New History,” on Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Ohio State University.
For a nation of its size and multiplicity, India needs a comprehensive treatment of its history, and Dr. Vemsani’s lecture provided a brief critique of the histories of India and her current project. Her presentation focused on the historical premise of India, its past histories, theoretical constructions, while underlining the need for a new history of India.
Dr. Vemsani has taught at SSU for 10 years and has taught both history and religious courses, such as World History, History of India, Gandhi and Modern Indian and Hinduism. She is currently working on another book focusing on India in world history and editing a collection of essays on Indian religions. Dr. Vemsani holds two doctorates in Religious Studies from McMaster University located in Hamilton, Canada, and in History from the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India. She is also the author of Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama and has published a number of articles on early history and religions of India.