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Diversity in the Stacks: Dalit Literature

Posted on by Jef Pierce
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Rigid hierarchies of caste in South Asia have sanctioned the subjugation and exploitation of so-called “untouchable” communities for centuries. Now frequently referred to by the term Dalit (a word derived from the Sanskrit dalita, meaning “scattered” or “broken”), these oppressed peoples are fighting for greater recognition and equality. 

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Indo-Caribbean Identity

Posted on by Jef Pierce
Old postcard with hand colored photographs of women in Trinidadian dress

Over the past five years, Penn Libraries has been broadening efforts to collect materials related to South Asian diasporas. The increasing representation of Indo-Caribbean peoples in our collections is revealing histories, communities, and cultural expressions that have remained underrepresented in most research libraries and understudied in scholarly discourse. 

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