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Healing Practices in Rural Tamilnadu



Brenda Beck – Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto

Brenda Beck is an Oxford-educated Social Anthropologist who has spent a lifetime studying South Asia and Tamilnadu. She has published eight books, two of which are double-volume works, and she has contributed to and/or edited many more. She has also authored over sixtty journal articles. Dr. Beck has a passion for South Asian mythology. She has written a number of articles related to divine figures including Indian goddesses and animal figures like the wild boar. She has also examined a number of human epic characters, detailing their stories and describing their related festivals. One unique folk epic, the Legend of Ponnivalanadu, has held her interest for over fifty years. Brenda is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at The University of Toronto and President of The Sophia Hilton Foundation of Canada, a charitable foundation that promotes the use of storytelling in education at all levels.  Her earliest ethnographic work, Peasant Society in Kongu has just been translated into Tamil by Adaiyaalam, a Trichy-based publishing house. In the past three years alone Brenda has received eleven awards from Tamil community groups based in the US, in Canada, in Tamilnadu and also in Malaysia, for her work in helping to deepen a worldwide appreciation of Tamil folk literature, especially by those living in the Diaspora.


Date: April 25th, 2018

Location: OISE – Room 12-130

Registration: Email Ryan Aloysius at cdcp.oise@utoronto.ca to register

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