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Holy consumers and divine tourists

Pushpa Arabindoo at the Plymouth Mela Symposium

Holy consumers and divine tourists

Plymouth Mela is a new festival for Plymouth celebrating the excellence of South Asian and diasporic arts and culture. In association with the festival, The School of Humanities and Performing Arts, University of Plymouth organised a Symposium on 22 September 2012 to interrogate the role of public performances and the culture industry in creating social cohesion in British multicultural cities.

Dr Pushpa Arabindoo was one of the four invited speakers, with Professor John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr. Jerri Daboo (Exeter University) and Dr. Stacey Prickett (Roehampton University). Her talk, titled Holy consumers and divine tourists: Sacred geography of the NRI pilgrim provided a parallel understanding of how rituals are disconnected from everyday practices and local landscapes in the context of diasporic pilgrimages.

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