WMU News

Expert on religions of India to lecture

March 30, 1999

KALAMAZOO--A scholar from India will discuss the tensions that existed in medieval Indian religions Monday, April 5, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Nilima Chitgopekar of the University of Delhi, will address "Cult and Conflict in Medieval India" at 3 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall. Sponsored by the Departments of History and Comparative Religion, her illustrated presentation is free and open to the public.

Chitgopekar's lecture is based on the research for her book, "Encountering Sivaism -- the Deity, the Milieu, the Entourage." Her expertise covers the region of Madhya Pradesh in central India during a time period of 550 to 1200 A.D. During that time, the region was home to numerous religious sects, particularly Shaivite groups, that were often in tension.

Chitgopekar is also an expert on goddesses in India and on Indian constructions of sexuality. She is an accomplished poet who has published more than 25 poems in Indian magazines, journals and anthologies.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Nancy Falk, professor of comparative religion, at (616) 387-4393.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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