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Shruti Patel

Visiting Professor
Gonzaga University

The Art & Craft of History Lecture

April 19, 2018 Gonzaga University

7:00 in Jundt Auditorium


“Practices of the Past in Colonial-era India,” Shruti Patel


 How does a society remember itself? The Art & Craft History lecture will explore this question from the perspective of India during the nineteenth century. By turning to the case of a popular Hindu formation in western India, the Svaminarayans, the lecture will investigate creative forms of self-commemoration and self-preservation practiced by non-elites in the context of British colonialism. In doing so, the talk will bring to light the diverse relationships societies have with the past, and the power unleashed by these perceptions in strengthening modern identities.