Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th centuries)

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October 29, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Intellectual History, South Asian History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies

On the 2015 book Catholic Orientalism: Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th centuries) (Oxford University Press), Ângela Barreto Xavier (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa) and Ines G. Županov (Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud / École des hautes études en sciences sociales) analyzed a relatively ignored yet deeply meaningful facet of early modernity: the rise, branching out, reappropriation, and decline of what they labelled Catholic Orientalism.

Defined as a "set of knowledge practices geared to perpetuate political and cultural fantasies of the early modern Catholic protagonists and their communities," Catholic Orientalism has been introduced as a research perspective which, since its inception, has triggered an ever-growing number of studies focusing on the intellectual history of the region.

Now, the publication and its proposals will be revisited by the authors in an online session of the monthly forum promoted by the research network Visões da Ásia. The scheduled talks are:

Ines G. Županov: "Accommodation and cultural appropriation: Looking for poetic hypertextuality”

Ângela Barreto Xavier: “Digging into the Goan villages. Fragments of early modern micropolitics”

Followed by a Q&A, it will be an excellent opportunity for new and established scholars to revisit the potential of the Catholic Orientalism perspective and discuss how to integrate these ideas and regimes of knowledge production in the great narratives of modernity.

The session will be broadcasted live on the Visões da Ásia YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5g5VkBRRx8).

Language: English

Date: October 29, 2021

Time: 10 AM (Brazilian time) (check your time zone!)

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