Boundation & Bindass: Finding a Place for Ambedkarite Youth within a Global Buddhist Movement at Nagaloka Center, NagpurMallory Hennigar

On Tuesday, February 12th, the South Asia Center welcomes Mallory Hennigar, PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. 

Ms. Hennigar will present about her research and experience in Nagaloka Center in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Nagaloka Center, run by the global Britain-based Triratna Buddhist Community, offers Buddhist training to scheduled caste and tribe youths from across India. This talk explores the tensions Ambedkarite students feel between the “boundation” or restriction of participating in rigorous Buddhist training and the mobility they hope to gain through this training by putting it into conversation with the broader tension of turning to a British Buddhist movement for a solution to caste oppression in postcolonial India. 

Mallory conducted field research upon which this presentation is based with the assistance of an AIIS Junior Research Fellowship in 2017-18. 

The event takes place at 12:30pm in 341 Eggers Hall - we hope to see you there!