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Lectures on Modern Hinduism

Western perceptions of Indian culture

The IK Foundation Lectures 2002
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
27 Feb 2002

An historical overview of how the West has interpreted and misinterpreted. Indian culture through the ages.

Related: Iconography, Literature, Modern Hinduism

Tagore on western science, technology, and medicine

Dr Kathleen O'Connell
30 Apr 2002

Related: Modern Hinduism, Science and Religion

The Hindu imagination and imaginary Hinduisms

Majewski Lecture
Dr David Smith
21 Nov 2003

Related: Iconography, Literature, Modern Hinduism

Two South Indian Hindu comparativists: J. M. Nallaswamy Pillai (Saiva) and Algonda Govindacharya (Vaishnava)

Fin de siecle seminar
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
6 May 2004

Related: Modern Hinduism, Saiva, Vaisesika

The Contributions of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati to Modern Hinduism 1900 to 1937

Dr Ferdinando Sardella
14 Feb 2008

Related: Modern Hinduism

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati and the West

Dr Ferdinando Sardella
3 May 2012

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's (1874–1937) passing away. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was the founder of the Gaudiya Math and the inspirator of a wide range of Vaishnava movements that have been established in the West from the 1930s and onwards, among others ISKCON or the Hare Krishna Movement. The lecture discusses the relationship of Bhaktisiddhanta with modernity, his theological ideas in relation to Christianity, and his approach to Western culture. Bhaktisiddhanta launched a missionary effort in the 1930s to London that involved members of the British cabinet. The lecture will also present some of the latest research on Bhaktisiddhanta featuring the recent discovery of his diary and an autobiographical sketch. The lecture is based on Sardella's monograph titled “Modern Hindu Personalism: The Life, Place and Works of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati” to be published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Ferdinando Sardella is based at the Department of Theology, Uppsala University (Sweden) and is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Related: Diaspora, Modern Hinduism, Vaisnava