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WSSU to Host Lecture on the Caste System and Social Exclusion

Date:  February 7, 2013

Time:  11 am - 1 pm

Summary:  Dr. Ramnarayan Rawat, associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, will explore caste, social exclusion and the use of public space in modern Indian democracy during a lecture on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Description:

Dr. Ramnarayan (Ram) Rawat, associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, will explore caste, social exclusion and the use of public space in modern Indian democracy during a lecture on Thursday, February 7, at 11 a.m. in Room 228 of the Hall-Patterson Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
 
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is entitled "The Practice of Untouchability and the Dalit Movement in Modern India."

Rawat will be a visiting scholar at the university February 7th and 8th as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum.  In addition to his public lecture, he will also conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty on "Teaching Race, Caste and Social Exclusion."

A historian of South Asian, Rawat's teaching and research interests include colonial and postcolonial India, racism and social exclusion, subaltern histories and histories of democracy.  His research has been supported by a three-year Mellon-funded postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the University of Washington, a Harry Frank Guggenheim dissertation fellowship, and a doctoral fellowship from the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. He received his B.A. (Honors) and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi in India.  He received his B.A. with honors and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi in India.

Rawat is currently working on a research project titled, "A New History of Democracy: Dalit Spaces, Printing, and Practices in Modern North India."  This project builds on his first book, "Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India," which was awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Before joining the University of Delaware in 2010, Rawat taught in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and in the History Department at the University of Notre Dame.

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