Sudipta Kaviraj

Head of the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department, Columbia University, New York

Visiting Fellow
(May – August 2011)


God and Modernity: Religious Imagination in Early Modern Bengal

During my stay at the IWM, I shall work on an exploration of the process of intellectual change in religious thought in Bengal in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a period of intense religious controversy, and serious arguments are advanced for a whole range of positions on the place of religion in the modern world, the relation between religion and ethics, and the proposals for secularism.These debates exerted immense influence on the transformation of the place of religion in society in modern India. Alongside this, I shall work towards completing a chapter of a book I am planning on Rabindranath Tagore, which would be a wide-ranging exploration of his thought on religious, philosophical and political questions.