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04/24/2018 08:59

Award for book on research in South Indian slums

Thomas Richter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

    Religious anthropologist Dr. Nathaniel Roberts from the University of Göttingen has received the Bernard Cohn Prize 2018. The Association for Asian Studies awarded him the prize for his book “To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and the Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum”. Roberts is currently a research fellow at Göttingen University’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

    Press release No. 90/2018

    Award for book on research in South Indian slums
    Dr. Nathaniel Roberts from the University of Göttingen receives Bernard Cohn Prize 2018

    (pug) Religious anthropologist Dr. Nathaniel Roberts from the University of Göttingen has received the Bernard Cohn Prize 2018. The Association for Asian Studies awarded him the prize for his book “To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and the Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum”. Roberts is currently a research fellow at Göttingen University’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

    “To Be Cared For” offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits – “untouchables” – in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts local communities.

    Original publication: Nathaniel Roberts. To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and the Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum. University of California Press 2016.

    Contact:
    Dr. Nathaniel Roberts
    University of Göttingen
    Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
    Waldweg 26, 37073 Göttingen
    Phone +49 551 4956-234
    Email: roberts@mmg.mpg.de


    More information:

    http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/dr.+nathaniel+roberts/555899.html


    Criteria of this press release:
    Journalists, all interested persons
    Cultural sciences, Religion, Social studies
    transregional, national
    Personnel announcements, Scientific Publications
    English


    Dr. Nathaniel Roberts


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