Upcoming TAPSA Talks

Theory and Practice in South Asia (TAPSA)

The workshop is designed to keep faculty and graduate students of social science and humanistic disciplines concerned with South Asia in touch with new directions in the field by providing interdisciplinary models of methodological and substantive approaches. The Workshop makes a special point of crossing the boundary between the humanities and social sciences. It collaborates with the South Asia Seminar, one dedicated to graduate student presentations, the other to presentations by in-resident or visiting scholars and faculty. The South Asia Seminar series and the TAPSA Workshop bring together not only scholars from various disciplines, but make a special point of attracting scholars from South Asia. Their visits are designed to promote continuing exchanges with recent work on the sub-continent and to introduce graduate students to future colleagues in South Asia.

All events are open to the public.

The South Asia Seminar Series and TAPSA Talks meet on alternating Thursdays at 4:30PM-6:00PM in Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street).

TAPSA: "Catholic Selves and Tamil Poetry in the 18th Century"

Margherita Trento

In the 1720s, the Jesuit missionary Carlo Michele Bertoldi (1662-1740) introduced the practice of Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises in the Madurai mission, and organized many retreats for converts and catechists in the village of Avur (Tiruchirappalli). Around the same years, his colleague and savant Costanzo Giuseppe Beschi (1680-1747) started a school of classical Tamil in the village of Elakkuricci (Tanjavur district), for the education of his catechists. In this presentation, I analyze these two local enterprises, and the texts produced in that context — especially Bertoldi’s Ñāṉamuyaṟci, the first adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises into Tamil, and Beschi’s Tirukkāvalūr kalampakam — in order to reflect upon the relationship between Tamil literature and strategies for shaping Catholic selves in the early eighteenth century.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:00pm
Foster 103