L’hindouisme à l’époque de la première modernité : l’histoire du concept avant la lettre ?
Sources et représentations
Organizers: Margherita Trento and Ines G. Županov
In a recent scholarly production on Hinduism, the role of Western representations and the history of its name have been discussed wide and large. European orientalist and missionary representations were decisive in inventing the concept in the early 19th century, which homogenized a loosely knit tradition (from various hermeneutical and ideological positions to ritual practices) into a tightly packed geo-cultural whole. During the 20th century, Hinduism was finally recognized as a “world religion”.
The goal of our round table is to look specifically into early modern genealogy of the concept, especially, though not exclusively, from Catholic missionary sources (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, French but also Sanskrit, Tamil and Marathi), while avoiding essentializing, anachronism and teleology still present in historiography and in religious studies when dealing with Hinduism. Against facile claims that the British invented “everything” and against Sir William Jones’s invitation to forget “everything that we knew about India before”, in this workshop we want to show that knowledge, connected with another empire and diverse colonial actors, was produced and responsible for conceptualizations such as, for example, the term Brahmanism (bramanismo) invented in 1616 by a Jesuit in Madurai and used a few years later as a “machine of Brahmanism” by another Jesuit in Kerala. The new research has shown that the Brahman converts in Madurai, Goa and elsewhere have to a large degree defined the early Jesuit and Portuguese “orientalist” conceptions and the question is can we - should we and how – disentangle Indian and European voices in the process of constructing Hinduism. Another question is how to chart the itineraries of these early Catholic orientalist representations though the 18th century (Enlightenment and “revolutions”) into the 19th century in which Indology and Orientalist studies came of age.
During the half a day of round table discussions and presentations, the goal of this meeting is to share the most recent work (since most of the participants have just completed the PhD or are still writing their doctoral dissertations) on the topic from a variety or archival sources such as Jesuit records, the archives of the Propaganda Fide, the Inquisition in Rome and Goa, French archives, etc.
We would like to stress that our primary goal is to provide a platform for a cross-disciplinary dialogue. For this reason, the presentations will be no longer than seven minutes followed by fifteen minutes of discussion for each session, and we’ll have about an hour for the general discussion at the end of the conference.
Document(s) à télécharger
Les sites du CEIAS
- SAMAJ | The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal
- Le Bulletin de la Bibliothèque
- La Newsletter
- Caste, Land and Custom
- Engineers and Society in Colonial and Post-Colonial India
- Régionalisme & cosmopolitisme
- Sindhi Studies Group
- Sri Lanka et diasporas
- Autoritas - Modes d’autorité et conduites esthétiques de l’Asie du Sud à l’Insulinde
- Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry
- Territoires du religieux en Asie du Sud
- Musiques indiennes en terres créoles
- CEIAS - Facebook
Les langages de l’amour. Paroles et gestes dans les théâtres dansés de l’Inde
Journée(s) d'étude - Mardi 04 avril 2017 - 10:00Le Festival de danses indiennes Mouvements Émouvants rassemble danseurs, chercheurs et amateurs autour d’une série d’évènements annuels. Journée d’études, projections de films et documentaires, ateliers d’initiation et spectacles sont autant d’occa (...)(...)
Engineers and society in India (1850 to present times)
Colloque - Lundi 27 mars 2017 - 10:00 More than any other, the profession of engineer appears to encapsulate many of the transformations affecting contemporary India today. Engineers symbolise the rise of the so- called middle classes, and the manner in which India has positioned itself as an em (...)(...)
Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud
UMR8564 - CNRS / EHESS
190-198 avenue de France
75013 Paris, France
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 54 83 94
La bibliothèque du CEIAS
Maison de l'Asie
22 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 70 18 78
La collection Purushartha
190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris, France