Making Hinduism a 'world religion': before and after Swami Vivekananda

A lecture by Sir Christopher A. Bayly
Sir Christopher A. Bayly of Cambridge University is the inaugural Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor, and will be part of the faculty for Spring Quarter 2014 and 2015. The Vivekananda Visiting Professorship was established to commemorate the legacy of the Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda and to enrich the University’s renowned program for the study of the Indian subcontinent.

A synopsis of the lecture is as follows:
The term ‘world religion’ derives from Max Weber, and by implication from Hegel, but both these thinkers denied this status to Hinduism itself, seeing it respectively as a ‘dream religion’ and ‘other wordly’. This lecture seeks to show, however, that Hindu public figures, at least from the early colonial period onward, sought to make Hinduism a faith that was recognised in the wider world and also worked within Indian society through education, missionising and social work. Key figures here were Rammohan Roy and Keshub Chandra Sen in the 19th century. Vivekananda developed this theme further with his appearance at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and foundation of the Ramakrishna Mission.

Co-sponsored by International House Global Voices Program.

Dates: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
International House, Assembly Hall (1414 East 59th Street)