Hinduism and Modernity is a general category that seeks to examine Hinduism in relation to modernity, particularly with respect to questions about the place of religion in the public sphere, questions of social hierarchy and equality, and Hinduism in relation to globalisation, localisation, and glocalisation. Within this broad category research projects could deal with Hinduism and the plastic arts, Hinduism and politics, Hinduism and society, and Hinduism and literature.
Shree Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Birmingham, B11 1NR
A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
In modern, secular society Hinduism is sometimes regarded as backward looking and the source of conflict and communalism. On this view, as scientific knowledge and technology develop, Hinduism will fade into the past and people will leave behind a superstitious phase of their development. Yet in spite of this assumption Hindu culture continues to exert force in the contemporary world. In this talk we will explore issues of Hinduism and modernity, including issues of freedom, fundamentalism, democracy, individualism, science, and secularism.