August 2024

5:00 PM IST

Online Via Zoom


Risky Intimacies: Migration, Demography, and Intimacy in Uttarakhand

Perceptions of Risk in the Himalayas
Radhika Govindrajan | Speaker at Ahmedabad University

Radhika Govindrajan

Associate Professor
Anthropology and International Studies
University of Washington

This talk explores how migration to mountain villages in Uttarakhand - both historic and recent - feeds a growing moral panic about how the distinctive cultural and social identity of mountain people (paharis) is at risk. I draw on ethnographic research to illuminate how discourses of demographic threat surface and shape everyday intimate life. 

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Radhika Govindrajan

Radhika Govindrajan is the author of Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018 and Penguin in 2019.