Talk by Thenmozhi Sounderarajan on “Dalit History and Dalit Futurism: The power of a visionary history”:
In a time of growing religious violence toward Dalits and other marginalized communities in South Asia, Dalit American artist, scholar, technologist and activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan hopes to introduce Dalit History as an antidote. Her talk will both introduce the complex situation facing religious and cultural minorities under the ruling Hindu fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata, Part (BJP) and also share key moments from Dalit History that show the transformative possibility that the legacy of Dalit resilience possesses not just for Dalits but for all of India.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a filmmaker, singer, and grassroots media organizer. As a second generation Tamil Untouchable Dalit woman, she strives to connect grassroots organizers with media resources that can widen their base of resistance. She is the Executive Director of Third World Majority, a women of color Media/Tech Justice training and organizing institution based in Oakland.
Follow her work at twitter @dalitdiva and at equalitylabs.org