[INDOLOGY] Call for Papers - Religion as a Colonial Concept in Early Modern History (Africa, America, Asia)

Mrinal Kaul mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 20 15:30:19 EDT 2015


They are still accepting the abstracts.

Mrinal Kaul

Call for Papers: (Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Religioni, Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza")

The concept of religion transformed during Early Modern History, both in the “inner” de- bate generated by the collapse of Christianity, and in “outer” contexts, following a reaction to contacts with other cultures. Meant as a thematic section of our journal, the present call for papers aims to investigate “religion” as a modern concept and a colonial dispositif. The mod- ern concept of religion inspired different processes of “spiritual conquest” – in discursive and practical terms – within the dynamics of the “mondialization” produced in the age of discov- eries. The theme section will investigate, through a comparative methodology, the historical resemblances among simultaneous colonial processes taking place in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Critical reflection on historical analogies and differences will contribute to a global mapping of the uses of the concept of religion during Early Modern History. We aim to pro- vide, on the one hand, an archaeology of the general modern concept of religion, and, on the other, a genealogy of religious studies, as a result of the international academic efforts towards a description, comparison, classification and explanation of religion. We expectthe authors to investigate the “invention” of religion as a “generalized” concept. Critical voices making use of colonial sources, such as missionary works, travel writings, etc., would be particularly wel- come, as well as contributions aimed to emphasize a “connected history of religions”. 




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