【終了】 2016年度 第六回FINDAS共催研究会 Western Imaginings of Spiritual India (2/7)

掲載日 | 2017年01月16日

南アジア地域研究・東京外国語大学拠点(FINDAS)では、2月7日(火)17時から、
東京外国語大学府中キャンパスにて、下記のとおり共催研究会を開催いたします。

※本研究会は、予約不要でどなたでもご参加いただけます。
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2016年度 第六回FINDAS共催研究会

日時: 2017年2月7日(火) 17:00~19:00
場所: 東京外国語大学アジア・アフリカ言語文化研究所 301
アクセス:http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/ja/about/access

※英語による報告

◆Prof. Meenakshi THAPAN
(Delhi School of Economics and Head, DS Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, University of Delhi)
http://sociology.du.ac.in/index.php/people/faculty?id=146

 

“Finding Faith : Western Imaginings of Spiritual India”
In its search for a meaningful disciplinary enterprise, anthropology
focuses on those ‘others’ who live at the edge of civilizational chaos, the
marginalized, underprivileged, those cast aside or abandoned, as well as
the middle classes and the elite, as they construct their social worlds. In
Asia, or atleast in India, our anthropological gaze is not focussed on
those western, European others (in the 20th century) who aspire to fulfil
their goals through an imagining of a social and ‘spiritual’ landscape in
India.
In this presentation, I argue that western imaginings of spiritual India
rest not merely on their efforts to embed themselves in a local spiritual
enterprise. More importantly, it rests on their understanding of their
active role, as they envisage it, in the context of a changing India. I
refer to these western (especially women) protagonists as the ‘new
missionaries’ who seek responsibility, and simultaneously fulfillment,
through their participation in spiritual living. In this manner, the
colonial gaze and the ensuing privilege is reproduced and enables them to
act in particular ways. No doubt, gender, sexuality, rejection, and
fulfillment and the inevitable place of charismatic others are all part of
this significant process of becoming in India.
◆コメンテーター: 松尾瑞穂(国立民族学博物館)
主催:AA研国際研究集会(AA研共同利用・共同研究課題「シングル」と家族 ―縁(えにし)の人類学的研究)
共催:科学研究費基盤A「ジェンダーに基づく暴力複合の文化人類学的研究」(代表・田中雅一 京都大学)
後援:東京外国語大学南アジア研究センター(FINDAS)
連絡先:wakana@aa.tufs.ac.jp (椎野)

 

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Date: 7th February 2017

Time: 17:00-19:00

Languages: English

Venue: Room 301, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS)

Access: http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/en/about/access

Admission: Free

 

◆Presenter: Prof. Meenakshi THAPAN (Delhi University)

“Finding Faith : Western Imaginings of Spiritual India”

 

In its search for a meaningful disciplinary enterprise, anthropology
focuses on those ‘others’ who live at the edge of civilizational chaos, the
marginalized, underprivileged, those cast aside or abandoned, as well as
the middle classes and the elite, as they construct their social worlds. In
Asia, or atleast in India, our anthropological gaze is not focussed on
those western, European others (in the 20th century) who aspire to fulfil
their goals through an imagining of a social and ‘spiritual’ landscape in
India.
In this presentation, I argue that western imaginings of spiritual India
rest not merely on their efforts to embed themselves in a local spiritual
enterprise. More importantly, it rests on their understanding of their
active role, as they envisage it, in the context of a changing India. I
refer to these western (especially women) protagonists as the ‘new
missionaries’ who seek responsibility, and simultaneously fulfillment,
through their participation in spiritual living. In this manner, the
colonial gaze and the ensuing privilege is reproduced and enables them to
act in particular ways. No doubt, gender, sexuality, rejection, and
fulfillment and the inevitable place of charismatic others are all part of
this significant process of becoming in India.

 

◆Discussant: Mizuho Matsuo (National Museum of Ethnology)
Supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
No.16H01969, Prof. Masakazu Tanaka, and the Center for South Asian Studies (FINDAS)