October 03, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Parvis Ghassem-FachandiLEWISBURG, Pa. — Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, assistant professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, will give the talk, "On Possession: Hindus and Muslims in India", Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Asian Studies Interest Group and co-sponsored by the departments of geography, history, international relations, political science, religion, and sociology and anthropology.

Ghassem-Fachandi is the editor of Violence: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg Publishers, 2009) and the author of Pogrom in Gujarat: Hindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India (Princeton University Press, 2012).

His talk, which will focus on some of his most recent research on the relations between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat, India, will examine the questions, Why do Hindus visit Muslim shrines and how do Muslims deal with the persisting address of Hindu divinities?

While focusing on specific ethnographic examples, the talk also will draw larger comparative conclusions about how communities collectively have developed mechanisms to cope with what is perceived as an external address and what happens when such reactions are no longer possible.

Bucknell's Asian Studies Interest Group is a group of faculty from multiple departments and programs on campus who are interested in raising awareness of Asian Studies at Bucknell University. Ghassem-Fachandi's talk is the first of a series of talks slated for the academic year.