Beyond knowledge transfer: Circulation of intellectual resources between Europe and South Asia from early 19th to mid-20th century
This panel explores how knowledge has been circulatedxchanged between Europe and South Asia approximately from the colonial times till the end of WWII. It also examines the political and socio-cultural currents that influenced these processes and privileged certain types of knowledge over others.
· Maria Framke University of Rostock (Rostock, Germany)
Exchange of different forms of knowledge between different European countries and South Asia has been viewed through various lenses like Orientalism, Post-colonialism and political-intellectual entanglements. This panel sets out to explore other possible dimensions relating to shared intellectual concepts between these parts of the world.
Of particular interest to us is the role of knowledge as an intellectual resource which could be used in international contexts by the different stakeholders – scholars, bureaucrats, politicians, and in some cases, institutions – in return for other kinds of resources, like professional and financial advancement, technical know-how, or
politically useful information about a nation.
Scholars are invited to send abstracts for possible papers relating (but not necessarily restricted) to following topics:
- Transfer\exchange of various kinds of knowledge as a way of conducting international cultural politics. This could mean helping to project a particular image of a nation, promoting a specific political agenda or propagating a distinct cultural political discourse.
- Conversations about transnational\transcultural intellectual issues that dominated public spaces like academia or media and the possible effects of such interchanges on international intellectual and political arenas.
- Debates pertaining to particular academic disciplines, accompanied by questions of how these fields interacted with the local and international political and socio-cultural currents.
The role of the idea of `value-free` scholarship in the circulation of transdisciplinary and transcultural knowledge.
- Analysing Societies: Indian revolutionaries and their quest to build bridges in the modern discipline of Sociology (Andreas Weiß)
- Impact of Wilhelm Geiger (Sonja Wengoborski)
- India within Karl Haushofer’s writing and thinking (Christian W. Spang)
- India, Dance and Religion: Trajectories of Discourse Between Academic Knowledge and Racist Theories 1936-38 (Isabella Schwaderer)
- Knowledge of India as "Political Science" in Nazi Germany (Baijayanti Roy)
- Lessons from the USSR: Bengali travel writings on Russia in the 1930s (Weronika Rokicka)
- Nietzsche in India: A. K. Coomaraswamy and the Supermen in the East (Jason Freitag)
- Producing ‘useful’ anti-imperialist knowledge as a means of subsistence: the multiple lives and audiences of Devendra Nath Bannerjea (Maria Framke)
- Social Space, Ideas and Practice: Urban India, 1940-1970 (Bhaswati Bhattacharya)
- TRANSFER OF MINDS & IDEOLOGY Some Facets of Anti-fascist Movement and the Role of Bengal’s Intelligentsia (1935-45) (Susnata Das)