Upcoming events

Religion, Enlightenment and Empire: British Interpretations of Hinduism in the Eighteenth Century – Public lecture by Jessica Patterson (Cambridge)

Date: Tuesday 4 October 2022, 16.00-17.30
Place: Amsterdam, Bushuis room E 1.02

No registration is needed, unless you want to participate online. In that case, send an e-mail to: info@globalintellectualhistory.org.

Abstract

In the second half of the eighteenth century, several servants of the English East India Company published accounts of what they deemed to be the original and ancient religion of India. Drawing on what are recognised today as the texts and traditions of Hinduism, these works fed into a booming enlightenment interest in Eastern philosophy. At the same time, the Company’s aggressive conquest of Bengal was facing a crisis of legitimacy and many of the prominent political minds of the day were turning their attention to the question of empire. In this lecture, Jessica Patterson will situate these Company works on the ‘Hindu religion’ in the twin contexts of enlightenment and empire. Exploring some of the themes and figures in her recent monograph, Religion, Enlightenment and Empire: British Interpretations of Hinduism in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Dr Patterson will offer an account of the role of heterodox religious approaches to Indian religions for enlightenment thought, East India Company policy, and contemporary ideas of empire.

Biography

Jessica Patterson is a historian of eighteenth and nineteen-century intellectual culture and political thought, with a particular emphasis on enlightenment and empire. She took her first degree in History, at the University of Cambridge. She then completed the MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, offered by Queen Mary University of London & University College London. Following this, her AHRC funded PhD was completed at the University of Manchester, where she was a President’s Doctoral Scholar. Prior to joining the History Faculty at Cambridge in 2020, she held posts in intellectual history, at Queen Mary, and the history of political thought, at King’s College London.

Cultivating Fraud: How Imperial Agents Harvested Anti-Ottoman Knowledge and its Consequences on the Islamic World – Public lecture by Isa Blumi (Stockholm University)

Date and time: 24 November 2022, 16.00-17.30
Place: Groningen, room t.b.a.

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Antiliberal Internationalism in the 20th Century: Beyond Left & Right? – International conference

Date and place: Amsterdam, 11-13 January 2023

Keynotes:

Glenda Sluga (European University Institute)

Marlene Laruelle (The George Washington University)

António Costa Pinto (University of Lisbon/ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon)

Benjamin Teitelbaum (University of Colorado, Boulder).

Conference jointly organized with the Amsterdam school for Regional, Transnational and European Studies, the University of Groningen and the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.

Convening committee: Marjet Brolsma (University of Amsterdam), Robin de Bruin (University of Amsterdam), Stefan Couperus (University of Groningen), Matthijs Lok (University of Amsterdam), and Rachel Johnston-White (University of Groningen)

More practical information, full programme and a link to register will follow.

Public lecture by Lisa Regazzoni (Bielefeld), title t.b.a.

Date and time: 14 March 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Utrecht, room t.b.a

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Biography

Lisa Regazzoni is full professor in Theory of History at the University of Bielefeld. Previously, she was a ‘Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’ at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, held fellowships at, among other places, the IAS Princeton, German Historical Institute London and the EHESS Paris, and lectured at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In 2020 she published her ‘Habilitationsschrift’ entitled Geschichtsdinge. Gallische Vergangenheit und französische Geschichtsforschung im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Her research interests include the history and theory of historical studies, material culture and history of collecting and French intellectual history of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Public lecture by Jeanne Morefield (Oxford)

Date and time: 9 May 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Utrecht, room t.b.a.

Public Lecture by Tanika Sarkar (New Dehli)

date and time: June 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Groningen, room t.b.a.

Biography

Tanika Sarkar is a historian of modern India based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Dehli). Sarkar’s work focuses on the intersections of religion, gender, and politics in both colonial and postcolonial South Asia, in particular on women and the Hindu Right. Her books include Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times (2010), Words to Win: The Making of a Modern Autobiography (2014).