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XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Toronto, August 20-25, 2017

Centre for South Asian Studies Lectures
A lecture series organized by the CSAS

Kajri Jain, Malavika Kasturi, Ruth Marshall, Srilata Raman, and J. Barton Scott
Religion and the Modern Self: Discussing J. Barton Scott’s Spiritual Despots

Historians of religion have examined at length the Protestant Reformation and the liberal idea of the self-governing individual that arose from it. In Spiritual Despots, J. Barton Scott reveals an unexamined piece of this story: how Protestant technologies of asceticism became entangled with Hindu spiritual practices to create an ideal of the “self-ruling subject” crucial to both nineteenth-century reform culture and early twentieth-century anticolonialism in India. Scott uses the quaint term “priestcraft” to track anticlerical polemics that vilified religious hierarchy, celebrated the individual, and endeavored to reform human subjects by freeing them from external religious influence. By drawing on English, Hindi, and Gujarati reformist writings, Scott provides a panoramic view of precisely how the specter of the crafty priest transformed religion and politics in India.


Lectures in the Arts, Histories, Literatures and Religions of Burma
Presented by the Southeast Asia Seminar Series and the Centre for South Asian Studies
Thursday, March 3, 2017, 4-6 pm, UTSG, JHB 317
D. Christian Lammerts (Rutgers University)
Buddhist Law in Burma: A History of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, c. 1250–1850 CE