SECWAC: Dean Accardi presents ''India, Pakistan, and the War Over Kashmir''

When: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m. 

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.
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Presenter: Dean Accardi, PhD, Professor of History at Connecticut College (see bio below)

The Topic: Professor Accardi will discuss the history and core issues at stake in the ongoing conflict over Kashmir, considered by many "the most dangerous place in the world." All four of the official wars between India and Pakistan have involved armed conflict over Kashmir, all the while Kashmiris have fought for autonomy from both states. The Indian government's unilateral dissolution of the government and statehood of the erstwhile State of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh in August 2019 and subsequent military crackdown has once again made Kashmir a top concern for the international community today.
For context before the presentation, click here to download Accardi's timeline with the history of Kashmir 1799-present.

Cost: Free for members, guests $20, registration is required.


Dean Accardi is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College in New London, CT. A historian of gender and religion in South Asia, his research reexamines notions of mutually exclusive religions, hybridity, and syncretism; reconceptualizes relationships between religions and other social phenomena; and highlights how historical and religious narratives reconstruct the past to serve socio-political agendas.  His current book project, An Ascetic Body Politic, examines depictions of asceticism in histories and hagiographies of sixteenth-century Kashmir and analyzes how bodily practices of saints like Lal Ded and Nund Rishi were used to shape ideas of gender, sainthood, and sovereignty.