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The Emergence of Modern Hinduism: Religion on the Margins of Colonialism

In this talk, Dr Rick Weiss, Associate Professor in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, will present the central arguments of his recently published book, The Emergence of Modern Hinduism (University of California Press, 2019).

He argues for the importance of regional, vernacular innovation in processes of Hindu modernization. Scholars usually trace the emergence of modern Hinduism to cosmopolitan reform movements, producing accounts that overemphasize the centrality of elite religion and the influence of Western ideas and models.

This study considers religious change on the margins of colonialism by looking at an important local figure, the Tamil Shaiva poet and mystic Ramalinga Swami (1823–1874).

The book narrates a history of Hindu modernization that demonstrates the transformative role of Hindu ideas, models, and institutions.

Date Friday, 25 October 2019
Time 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Audience All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Departmental Seminar
Open Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentReligious Studies
LocationBurns 1W1 (English Seminar Room)
Contact NameWill Sweetman
Contact Phone+64 3 479 8793
Contact Emailwill.sweetman@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttps://www.otago.ac.nz/religion/events.html

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