WORDS of Contradiction #2

Am 21. Juni 2017 ist Prof. Dr. Banu Subramaniam, Professorin für Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies an der University of Massachussetts, Amherst, Gast von Worlds of Contradiction.

Prof. Dr. Banu Subramaniam (Foto: umass.edu)

Im Rahmen der internationalen Lecture Series „WORDS of Contradiction“ hält sie einen Vortrag zum Thema „Counter-Narratives of the Enlightenment: Tales from the Edges of Science and Religion in India.

„WORDS of Contradiction“ #2 findet am Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017, 18:15-19:45 Uhr, in der Rotunde im Cartesium statt (Universität Bremen, Enrique-Schmidt-Straße 5, 28359 Bremen). Der Vortrag ist öffentlich.

Zum Inhalt des Vortrags:

In her talk, Banu Subramaniam explores the worlds of science in contemporary India. In contrast to other religious fundamentalisms, Hindu nationalism embraces science as an important and critical part of religion. Religious nationalists in contemporary India have selectively, and strategically, used rhetoric from both science and Hinduism, modernity and orthodoxy, western and eastern thought to build a powerful vision of a Hindu nation. With aspirations for a global and modern Hinduism, she argues that scientific and religious practices in contemporary India are inextricably interconnected and result in fluid processes and practices of both institutions. She explores how mythological narratives, preternatural tales, and ghostly apparitions mingle effortlessly with animist traditions as well as the material, experimental, and institutional practices of technosciences. This emerging “syncretic pragmatism” challenges us to move beyond the oppositional stances of science and religion, to consider counter narratives to the enlightenment tales of reason and unreason. Ultimately to understand contemporary technoscience in India, we need new epistemological and methodological tools, and story making practices to make visible the many phantasmogoric naturecultural worlds within.