1. From Comparative to Connected Religion: (Non-)Traveling Literati and Literatures Between Asia and Europe (19-20th Centuries)

Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World - Philippe Bornet

Philippe Bornet [+-]
University of Lausanne
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Philippe Bornet has been studying and researching in the history of religions, South Asian and Jewish studies at the universities of Lausanne, Tübingen and the University of Chicago. Since 2012, he teaches and researches in the Department of South Asian studies at the University of Lausanne. His research interests are in methods and theory in the study of religion, religion and orientalism, South Asian religions, Christian missions in South India and new medias. He published Rites et pratiques de l’hospitalité: mondes juifs et indiens anciens (2010), Religions in Play: Games, Rituals, and Virtual Worlds (ed. with Maya Burger, 2012) and L’orientalisme des marges: perspectives de l’Inde et de la Russie (ed. with Svetlana Gorshenina, 2014).

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Introducing the notion of “connected history” and situating it among other related approaches (“comparative history”, “entangled history”, “cultural transfers”, etc.), the chapter examines the potentialities as well as the challenges it presents for the comparative study of religions. It argues that following the transnational itineraries of single individuals who interacted with “religion” can play a role similar to comparison in the study of religion, so as to both criticize classical taxonomies and construct alternative ways to think about concepts and practices of religion, with an emphasis on mediatic, political and social dimensions.

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Bornet, Philippe. 1. From Comparative to Connected Religion: (Non-)Traveling Literati and Literatures Between Asia and Europe (19-20th Centuries). Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781795835. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31739. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31739. Oct 2018

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