Press Release: Dean Accardi, ‘India, Pakistan, and the War Over Kashmir’

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Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Dean Accardi, Ph.D. presents, “India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Thursday, October 15 via Zoom

Waterford, CT (October 5, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Professor Dean Accardi, Ph.D. is to speak on India, Pakistan and the War Over Kashmir at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020, via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members, and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Professor Accardi will discuss the history and core issues at stake in the ongoing conflict over Kashmir, considered by many “the most dangerous place in the world.” All four of the official wars between India and Pakistan have involved armed conflict over Kashmir, all the while Kashmiris have fought for autonomy from both states. The Indian government’s unilateral dissolution of the government and statehood of the erstwhile State of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh in August 2019 and subsequent military crackdown has once again made Kashmir a top concern for the international community today.

For background information on Kashmir, refer to Dr. Accardi’s timeline from 1799-present, here.

This presentation is part of the SECWAC 2020-2021 monthly speaker series.


Dean Accardi is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. A historian of gender and religion in South Asia, his research reexamines notions of mutually exclusive religions, hybridity, and syncretism; reconceptualizes relationships between religions and other social phenomena; and highlights how historical and religious narratives reconstruct the past to serve socio-political agendas.  His current book project, An Ascetic Body Politic, examines depictions of asceticism in histories and hagiographies of sixteenth-century Kashmir and analyzes how bodily practices of saints like Lal Ded and Nund Rishi were used to shape ideas of gender, sainthood, and sovereignty. 


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy-makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Professor Dean Accardi on Wednesday, October 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Annual membership of SECWAC is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details). Registration required.

NEXT MEETING on October 30th: Michael Kimmage, Catholic University, will speak on “The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy”. Learn more here.


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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.