18 May Indian Catholics: Issues from the Perspective of Development
Rowena Robinson (Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
J. E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Catholic Studies
Tuesday, May 18 / 4:00 pm
Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House
The lecture briefly traced the past of Indian Catholics in order to enable us to look more closely at their present. The context is an unequal, rapidly changing, and religiously complex society. The lecture raised questions about the future of Indian Catholics as part of a Christian minority given the rise of Hindu nationalism as well as various axes of internal differentiation.
Rowena Robinson, the J. E. and Lillian Byrne Tipton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Catholic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for spring 2010, is Professor of Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is the author of Christians of India and Tremors of Violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India; co-editor of Religious Conversion in India: Modes, Motivations, and Meanings; and editor of Sociology of Religion in India.