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Jüergen Schaflechner film showing “Thrust Into Heaven”
March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr. Schaflechner will introduce and screen his documentary, Thrust into Heaven, about the so-called “forced conversions” of Hindu women who marry Muslim men in Sindh, a province in Pakistan.
Dr. Roger Long, professor of history at Eastern Michigan, Dr. Nathan Tabor, asst professor of history at Western Michigan, and Dr. Matthew A. Cook, professor of postcolonial and South Asian studies at NC Central, will respond to the film and facilitate audience questions and comments.
Jüergen Schaflechner studied South Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Heidelberg. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Heidelberg’s South Asia Institute and also a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
His research topics include politics and populism among ‘precarious’ communities in Pakistan, South Asian ritual journeys and migration, Urdu pulp fiction, and documentary film. The interest in film making began with a small project, a short film on the Hinglaj pilgrimage in Baluchistan, Pakistan. He has since revisited many of his research topics through various shorts and documentary films.
This event is co-sponsored by the English Department.