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Watch A CREDOC Provocation: Civilisation and Language

A CREDOC Lecture: Wendy Doniger

Hinduism: Civilisations in Contest and Conflict


Thursday 13th November 2014

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followed by a reception, (Location TBC)

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

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Inequality, Scale, and Civilisation conference

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CREDOC Lecture on India: Wendy Doniger 

Hinduism: Civilisations in Contest and Conflict


Thursday 13th November 2014

Time TBC Location TBC

followed by a reception, (Location TBC)

University College London, Gower St, London WC1H 0PY

Since the 6th century BCE, Hinduism has held in creative suspension two movements so different as to merit the title of separate civilisations: one is the dominant strain of ritual, of celebration of life, of family, of children, of sexuality, of food and poetry and sculpture and the worship of many gods; and the other is the strain of philosophy, of renunciation, of the drive to become released from the cycle of rebirth, through denial of the senses, of family life, of children. These two paths lived peacefully side by side, as available options for most Hindus, until the philosophical strain developed into a new form of Hinduism under colonization in the nineteenth century; and now, in a new, Fundamentalist avatar, it has introduced an unprecedented form of repression that threatens freedom of speech in India today.

Wendy Doniger

Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, Divinity School, University of Chicago. Author of over thirty books, The Hindus:  An Alternative History (2009) and On Hinduism (2013).

On the recent censorship of her publications in India, see an article by John Williams in the New York Times, 16 February 2014 - click here to see: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/books/author-resigned-to-ill-fate-of-book.html?_r=2

and Doniger’s own comment piece in The New York Review of Books, 8 May 2014, click here to see: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/may/08/india-censorship-batra-brigade/?insrc=whc

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