Translocal Lives and Religion
Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World
Philippe Bornet [+–]
University of Lausanne
This volume examines the intellectual trajectories of remarkable individuals who interacted with religious discourses, doctrines or practices in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Inspired by S. Subrahmanyam and S. Gruzinski’s historiographical model of “connected histories”, this book introduces the approach of “connected religion” and invites the study of cross-cultural and “translocal” encounters by bringing together documents that represent diverse aspects of the story and reconstructing a narrative from diverse standpoints, with analytical potential. Testing this approach through specific cases of interactions between Asia and Europe, the volume explores the little-known stories of actors such as migrants or expatriates interacting with religious discourses, and of religious leaders producing and propagating beliefs and practices. The cases pose questions that can be applied to further contexts, such as: the significance of improved travels and communications for the diffusion of religious content across national, cultural and institutional boundaries; the impact of specific individuals, charismatic or not, well-established or subaltern in the reconfiguration of institutional forms of religion; and the role of the South Asian referent in legitimating the propagation of specific religious views.
Offering both an innovative methodological framework and original cases based on new research, the book will be of interest to scholars of religion, to specialists of South Asia in late modernity and to the broader public.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
Part II: Transnational Trajectories and Individual Appropriations of Religion
Part III: Religions on the Move
Areas of Research: Gender Studies, Missionary Studies. She has published a number of articles, among which “Missionary Pedagogy and the Christianisation of the Heathens: The Educational Institutions established by the Basel Mission in Mangalore”, The Indian Economic and Social History Review 45 (4), 2008:509-551 and “Medical Mission and the Interpretation of Pain.” In Cultural Ontology of the Self in Pain, eds. Siby K. George and P.G. Jung: 269-83. New Delhi: Springer, 2016.
PART IV: In Summary
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