Dugger Lecture April 5 to Focus on Changes in India’s Historical Scholarship


Dr. Daud Ali, associate professor and chair of the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Navigating the Past: Contested Horizons in the Historical Writing of India” at the 2018 Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will explore the changes over the past century in India’s historical scholarship in relation to the political, ethnic and religious complexities of colonial and independent India.

Ali’s research has focused on the history of mentalities and practices in pre-Sultanate South Asia, and he has published on a wide range of subjects, including courtly and monastic discipline, mercantile practices, conventions in erotic poetry and courtship, slavery, ideas of space, time and history in inscriptions, early Southeast Asian history, and, most recently, on gardens and landscape in the medieval Deccan. Future and ongoing projects include collaborative projects on the history of friendship in early and medeival South Asia, a translation of a Buddhist text on erotics, as well as a study of the production of the king Bhoja cycles in Western India.

The Harold Holmes Dugger lecture series was established by the Southeast Department of History in 1988 to honor Dr. Harold Holmes Dugger, professor of diplomatic and intellectual history and former chair of the department. The series focuses on topics within Dugger’s areas of teaching and professional interest, and is sponsored by the Department of History and the Dugger family.