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|
|Location||Burns 1W1 (English Seminar Room)|
|Contact Name||Will Sweetman|
|Contact Phone||+64 3 479 8793|