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Public lecture on ‘Urban Hindu Temple Publics’

April 18, 2013 - 15:15-17:00


Asian Dynamics Initiative – Newness, Ritual and Globalization inUrban Hindu Temple Publics

Public lecture by Tulasi Srinivas,
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Emerson College, Boston
Venue: Room 27.0.09, Building 27, KUA, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade
136, 2300 Cph. S

Through a specific focus on everyday ritual in Hindu temple publics, I
seek to illustrate a dynamic process based understanding of living
morally in a shifting South Asian neo-liberal urban context. With an eye
towards unpacking the nature of moral subjectivity in our shifting
times, in this meditation I examine the rituals and rhythms of Hindu
temples of Bangalore city focusing on technologies of the new and
currencies of emergent thought. I explore innovation, temporality,
“tradition” in ritual as well as the associated performed affect
deployed and engaged among priests, devotees and others to posit a new
dynamic relationship located in indigenous ways of feeling and
being-rasa and bhava. Linking emergent political economies, Hindu
theology, moral subjectivity and Hindu ritual praxis, I seek to unpack
the subjunctive, the precarious and the potentially aspirational ways
that contemporary ritual may speak to emergent Hindu ways of being

Tulasi Srinivas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Emerson College,
Boston, is currently on a Research fellowship at The Kate Hamburger
Kolleg Center for Religious Studies (CERES), at Ruhr Universitat
-Bochum, Germany. Srinivas is a specialist on globalization, culture and
religion. Her work brings together key contemporary concerns of the
global political economy, spirituality, and ethical life. The author of
“Winged Faith Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism” Columbia
University Press, 2010, and co-editor (with Krishnendu Ray) of “Curried
Cultures: Food, Globalization and South Asia”, University of California
Press, 2012, Srinivas is currently completing another monograph “Forging
Faith: Ambivalent Globalization and Innovative Religion in Hindu Temple
Publics of Bangalore City.” Her research has been supported by the NEH
and The Pew Foundation, and she has held several prestigious fellowships
including those at the Berkley Center for Peace and Religious Studies at
Georgetown University, and Harvard University’s Center for the Study of
World Religions.

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Organizers: ADI and Modern India and South Asia Studies, ToRS
Contact Manpreet K. Janeja (wlz827@hum.ku.dk) or Marie Yoshida

Link: http://asiandynamics.ku.dk/english/activities/calendar/ts/

Public lecture on ‘Urban Hindu Temple Publics’


April 18, 2013