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March 2, 2004

Historian To Speak On Kama Sutra, e-Publishing March 4, 5 At UI

A leading historian and anthropologist of South Asia will visit the University of Iowa this week as part of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Semester on "Sexuality, Economics, Politics: Sexuality as a Social Phenomenon." Anne Hardgrove, assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will give two free, public lectures while she is on campus.

On Thursday, March 4, she will speak on "The Global Erotic: Post-Colonial Translations of the 'Kama Sutra,'" at 4:30 p.m. in room 302 Schaeffer Hall. On Friday, March 5, she will speak on "History in the Digital Age: Reflections on e-Publishing," at noon in room 273 Schaeffer Hall.

Hardgrove is a specialist in the history and anthropology of the Indian subcontinent. Her first lecture is based on her current research on issues of globalization and sexuality, tracing a history of the Kama Sutra in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

She is the author of "Community and Public Culture: The Marwaris in Calcutta" (Columbia University Press/epic, 2002) which was published as an e-book through the Guttenberg-e project of the American Historical Association and Columbia University. Her experience working in electronic publishing informs her second lecture, in which she will discuss how taking advantage of the electronic medium helped her to push her arguments, methodologies and evidence in directions not as readily available to conventional publishing formats.

The e-publishing lecture is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies The Graduate Historical Society, and the UI Center for the Book.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Obermann Center at 335-4034 or the history department at 335-2299 in advance.

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