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Rosalind O'Hanlon on "Wives, Intellectuals and Ascetics: the Brahman Scholar Household in Early Modern India"
Rosalind O'Hanlon on "Wives, Intellectuals and Ascetics: the Brahman Scholar Household in Early Modern India"
WhenTuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 3 – 4 p.m.
Campus locationThomson Hall (THO)
Campus room317
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsSouth Asia Center, UW
Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW
Description

There is an enormous body of accomplished work on Brahman scholars as intellectuals within the Mughal world.  Yet their social histories are less well developed, particularly their lives within one of the essential prerequisites for intellectual labour, the lineage and its practical locale in the scholar household.  This keynote will offer a tentative exploration of the domestic world of the scholar household, where marriage provided for the social reproduction of scholar families, and brought new connections and resources within a wider world of competing scholar families.  Some Brahman ascetic lineages, with their own quasi-familial patterns of recruitment, were also a part of this extended domestic world, as teachers, mentors, intermediaries and in some cases as major benefactors.  From this perspective, the worlds of the intellectual and the domestic, the household and the ascetic, look to be rather more connected than they sometimes appear in our familiar understandings of them.

Rosalind "Polly" O'Hanlon holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies on movements of low caste protest in colonial western India.  Shetaught in Cambridge for a lengthy period, during which her interests moved to gender in colonial India, and in Mughal north India. She assumed her present position in 2007, and started working on various aspects of religious cultures in late pre-colonial India, with a particular focus on the making of Maratha Brahman communities between western India and Mughal Banaras.

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