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Center for South Asia Weekly Lecture Series: Cassie Adcock (Associate Professor, History, Washington University-St. Loui

Engineering the Sacred Cow: Cow Protection and Cow Production since the Nineteenth Century

Event Details

Thursday, February 28, 2019
12-1 p.m.
In India today, the Hindus’ “sacred cow” is depicted as gaumata, or mother cow, who nourishes all the nation with her milk. The image of gaumata has been central to the modern politics of cow protection since the nineteenth century – but its meanings have changed, along with the materialities of bovine bodies. This paper traces the effort, always incomplete, to transform the mother of bullocks, first symbolically and then materially, into the milk-producing mother of the nation.