Pradip Datta Lecture

"Rabindranath Tagore and the Social Theology of Universalism"

What happens when a project of re-making the social is joined to a theological universalism? This is a key question that marks Tagore’s thought and practice. Locating Tagore’s thought in the context of modern Hinduism and some practices of his world university, the talk will evaluate a non-Kantian universalism that emerges in colonial India.

Pradip Datta has drawn on social history, literary and political studies to understand antagonistic identity formations in modern India, while going on to explore the grounds of inclusive formations of modern identities. He is now working on the theology and practice of globality in Rabindranath Tagore. Pradip currently teaches the political thought of modern India and the Global South at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His publications include Carving Blocs: Communal ideological formations in modern Bengal and Heterogeneities: Identity formations in modern India.

Wednesday, April 10 at 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Persson Hall, 27


Academics, Social Sciences

Event Format

Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.

Asian Studies Program, History Department, Religion Department, Sociology and Anthropology Department
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