The article for discussion at our next reading group is: Marvin Harris - "The Cultural Ecology of India’s Sacred Cattle",Cultural Anthropology, 1966 and the session will be hosted by Yamini Narayanan, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Deakin University
Marvin Harris's article remains one of the most controversial articles - jumping straight into the heart of India’s cattle politics: are cattle sacred or commodities? Originally appearing in Current Anthropology in 1966, the debate provoked by this article remains as relevant and highly charged today.
Yamini Narayanan will host the Reading Group discussion, drawing on her own research into this area, and bringing the debate into the present.
About the host
Yamini Narayanan was recently interviewed on the topic of The Un/Holy Cows of India for Freedom of Species. She has just published Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and Urbanisation in Jaipur, Routledge, 2015, and has the following book forthcoming: Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities for South Asia, Routledge.
To join the reading group please contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Linkway, level 4, John Medley (Building 191), The University of Melbourne