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Perry MYERS

Albion College (États-Unis)
Invité de Pays germaniques – printemps 2019

Durant le printemps 2019, le labex TransferS et Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn (Pays germaniques) accueillent Perry MYERS, professeur d’études germaniques à l’Albion College (Michigan).

 

Prophets and Partisans in Europe and India
Cosmopolitan Religion, Science, and the Nation during the Long Fin-de-Siècle

During the long Fin-de-Siècle (1871-1932) an array of intellectually and geographically diverse cosmopolitan religious movements emerged in England, France, Germany, and India that were undergirded by a transnational spiritual leitmotif and espousal of alterity—a disregard for race, class, creed or gender. The shared spiritual affinities of these groups—Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Monism, L’Ordre Martiniste, among others—became galvanized through the intersection of Western and Indian philosophy and religious thought, around which a cosmopolitan religious field coalesced. In stark contrast, these movements engaged in highly contested cultural, social, and political debates in their geopolitical zones, creating an incessant tension between their cosmopolitan spiritual vision and their attempts to assert their national agendas—how cosmopolitan religious factions across geopolitical space negotiated the intersection of universal spiritual prerogatives and the sectarian mandates of national belongingness.

Despite moderate membership, these factions embodied the era’s broader transnational fascination and intellectual engagement with cosmopolitan religious ideas, evidenced by their prolific publication and distribution of pamphlets, journals, and books. Diverse cosmopolitan religious clusters in Britain, Germany, France, and India became epicenters for religious innovation, where visionaries met and frequently addressed topics such as education, caste, socialism, war and empire, all under the rubric of spiritual rejuvenation. These movements frequently responded to pertinent cultural currents that reveal illuminating linkages to the era’s political, social and scientific debates, and thus challenges binary as well as hybrid approaches to understand their cosmopolitan and autochthonous aims. In summary, these eclectic spiritual factions engaged actively in the era’s political, social and cultural debates and thus provide a significant comparative portal to the transnational intersection of cosmopolitan spiritual aspirations and national, secular agendas.

To address these topics the following seminars will be offered :

  1. Cosmopolitan Religion and their Spiritual Affinities in Europe and India during the Long Fin-de-Siècle
  2. The Re-engineering of Society : The Social and Political Articulations of Spiritual Scientists in Europe and India during the Long Fin-de-Siècle
  3. Visions of Nationhood : Cosmopolitan Religious Movements in Europe and India during the Long Fin-de-Siècle

 

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