Natalie Lang is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen. Her dissertation examines how Hindu religion is negotiated in the French overseas department La Réunion. Natalie Lang received her M.A. in Migration and Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She holds a B.A. in South Asian Studies from Heidelberg University.
La Réunion: Where India and Europe meet
Numerous Indian indentured labourers came to the French colony La Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean, in the course of the 19th century. How do the descendents of these Indian indentured labourers live in La Réunion - now a French overseas department and part of the European Union - today ? After a long period of sparse contact with India, interest in religion leads to a recent 'reorientation' toward India amongst Reunionese Hindus since the 1970s. In her talk, Natalie Lang deals with the question of how Hindus in La Réunion relate to India, and how they position themselves in the French-Reunionese society.