You are here

Languages of Devotion: History, Hagiography, and the Tangled Roots of the Vīraśaiva Community

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018. 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 70 Room 72A1
Workshop: 
ARCS: Asian Representations and Constructions of Space
Meeting Description: 

Circulating a forthcoming article, "Multiregional and Multi-linguistic Vīraśaivism: Change and Continuity in an Early Devotional Tradition," Professor Elaine Fisher and participants will discuss recent research concerning public space and social networks in South Asian religions. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies colloquium series.


Elaine Fisher is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford. She is the author of Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India (2017), which complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of pre-colonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. Hindu Pluralism provides a critical resource for understanding how Hinduism developed in the early modern period, a crucial era that set the tenor for religion's role in public life in India through the present day.

Workshops Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30