[CSH Occasional Seminar Sessions]
Christian Missions in South India:
Hotspots of Knowledge (17th-18th centuries)

Event Details

Ines G. Županov

Senior Research Fellow at CNRS / CSH Head Researcher

Christian Missions in South India:
Hotspots of Knowledge (17th-18th centuries)


Abstract: In my presentation I will confront two different missionary archives and historiographies relating to South India: one Catholic and the other Protestant. They were mostly studied separately as two different, insular, unconnected “histories”. I want to connect these islands of Jesuit and Pietist missionary archives and reveal that they were based on invisible networks of actors – European and Indian – who collaborated, borrowed from and competed with each other. Both Pietists and Jesuits of this period were fighting the early Enlightenment atheists while feeding them the materials from the missions. Their missions were laboratories in which social and scientific procedures were tested and repackaged, either to be reutilized locally or dispatched to the European and global “market” of ideas.  My claim is that despite their theological differences, they were far closer in their practices than either the missionaries themselves or their historians, who have mostly written from the same denominational perspective, have been willing to acknowledge.

Speaker: Županov, Ines G.  is Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS in Paris and a former director of the Centre d’études de l’Inde/l’Asie du Sud (CNRS-EHESS). She is a social /cultural historian of Catholic missions in South Asia and has also worked on other topics related to Portuguese empire.  In addition to other two books, her latest monograph cowritten with Ângela Barreto Xavier is  Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge, 16th-18th centuries (OUP, New Delhi, 2015). She edited ten books and her articles in various languages are published in edited books and journals (Annales, Representations, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Journal of Early Modern History,Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, RES: Anthropology and Esthetics, Comparative Studies in Society and History, etc.)

More info:
julien  {dot}  levesque  {at}  csh-delhi  {dot}  com

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