session #7

To Kill or not to Kill: Sacrificial Ethics and Gendered Care-Labour in Uttarakhand

by Radhika Govindrajan

Friday, Sept 08, 2023 at 5:30 pm IST
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This talk explores moral and political dilemmas around the practice of animal sacrifice in Uttarakhand. It examines how people in the region, particularly rural women, understand the ethics of sacrifice in terms of their gendered care-labour.


Radhika Govindrajan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author of Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018 and Penguin India in 2019