[INDOLOGY] Emerging Scholars in Jain Studies – Lecture by Tine Vekemans (Ghent University)

Ana Bajzelj anabajzelj1 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 03:53:02 UTC 2022

Apologies for cross-posting.

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to the second lecture in our “Emerging Scholars
in Jain Studies” virtual series co-organized by the Departments of
Religious Studies at UC Davis and UC Riverside. The lecture will be
delivered by *Dr. Tine Vekemans* (Ghent University) on *Friday,* *June 3,
2022*, *9:00-10:20am PDT*. You can find more information about the lecture
and the speaker below.

Register for the event here:


Please note that our April 22nd talk has been cancelled and will be
rescheduled for the next academic year.

Best wishes,

Lynna Dhanani and Ana Bajzelj

*Mom’s Mombasa Memories: Jain East Africa and Its Afterlife*

Throughout history, Jains have moved within and outside of South Asia for a
variety of reasons. The Jain diaspora in its current form was shaped by
specialist international trade networks and changing national migration
laws and was profoundly influenced by the opportunities and exigencies
caused by the rise and fall of the British Empire. This talk discusses a
unique instance of collective migration within this context, namely the
movement of Jains from Gujarat to the East African colonies in the first
half of the 20th century, and subsequently to the UK (and to a lesser
extent to North America) in the second half of the 20th century. After
briefly addressing the history of Jains and Jainism in East Africa and the
difficulties encountered in studying this history, this talk looks at the
ways in which members of this twice-migrant community remember and
reconstruct their history. It presents a selection of memorial projects
(films, social media groups, exhibitions) and individual narratives
(biographies, family histories, interviews) of East African Jains in the
UK, inviting an analysis of what is remembered, but also how and why it is
remembered the way it is.

*Tine Vekemans* holds a PhD in Indian Languages and Cultures from Ghent
University in Belgium. Over the past decade, her research touched upon
diverse aspects of Jainism related to migration and digital media. Her
current research project seeks to examine the continued importance of East
Africa in the lives and minds of twice migrants and their descendants,
placing the study of Jainism and Jain religious praxis in dialogue with
themes such as migration, memory, and identity. Tine is currently a
post-doctoral researcher on a grant by Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
and was recently appointed Acharya Mahapragya Professor of Jain Studies at
Ghent University.
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