WORDS of Contradiction #2

On June 21, 2017, Worlds of Contradiction is proud to host Prof. Dr. Banu Subramaniam, professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst.

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

Prof. Subramaniam will give a lecture in the series “WORDS of Contradiction” titled “Counter-Narratives of the Enlightenment: Tales from the Edges of Science and Religion in India.

“WORDS of Contradiction” #2 is taking place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 18:15-19:45, in the “Rotunde” (Cartesium building) (Enrique-Schmidt-Strasse 5, 28359 Bremen). The lecture is open to the public.

Abstract of the talk:

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.