Naveeda Khan to Discuss: Bovine Tales of Global Warming


Naveeda KhanOn Tuesday September 27th, the South Asia Center, in conjunction with Syracuse University’s Departments of Anthropology and Religion, is pleased to host Naveeda Khan to discuss Bovine Tales of Global Warming. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.

In her fieldsite of the chars in the River Jamuna in Bangladesh, Khan was alerted to the insistent presence of global warming within everyday life through the suffering of cows. The cows’ reactions to heat were readily evident. They stood limply with their skins sagging heavily, breathing rapidly with their tongues sticking out so as to cool themselves. Through a focus on cows as they traverse chaura households and economies, Khan explores how we can come to an understanding of the particular entanglement of a local ecology with the planetary crisis of warming and climate change.

Naveeda Khan is an associate professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She has written Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan (2012) and edited Beyond Crisis: Reevaluating Pakistan (2010).  She is currently working on a book manuscript on riverine chars in Bangladesh tentatively titled Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh.