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Ines Zupanov is Senior Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Catholic Orientalism: Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th Centuries)

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  • By focusing on the Jesuit missionary discovery of Indian "pagan" Hinduism, Zupanov traces the stages of the Jesuit's disconcerting journey into religious relativism or accommodation. At every point of this Euro-Asian encounter, the emerging Catholic communities attempted to twist and turn their own received religion to fit their various collective and/or individual interests. This turning or "troping" of the Jesuit message into pre-Christian modes of religious expression produced the "tropics" of the title. Drawing upon a variety of sources in Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Tamil, Missionary Tropics documents the construction of the Indian vernacular Catholicism or "Tropical Catholicism" through a complex layering of missionary religious and social intentions and indigenous responses. By following Galenic humoral medical theory, the Catholic missionaries defined paganism as a natural outgrowth of the hot and humid climate. Reflecting the complex layering of the missionaries' religious and social intentions and the subsequent indigenous responses, this book should be of interest to all those who study religious encounters and are interested in the issues of religious conversion in the early modern world, in India, and elsewhere. Ines Zupanov is Senior Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

    In past editions, the festival has focussed on North-East India, Pakistan, Singapore and other regions. What is the theme focus this year, I ask Vivek. “History,” he replies, “we have invited historians from all around the world, including Ramachandra Guha, Ines Zupanov, Faisal Devji, Angela Barretto, Anjali Arondekar, Jonathan Gil Harris, Raghu Karnad, Vedica Kant, Parag Porob, Rochelle Pinto and others.”

  • 1. Cultural mobility: an introduction Stephen Greenblatt; 2. 'The wheel of torments': mobility and redemption in Portuguese colonial India (16th century) Ines Zupanov; 3. Theatrical mobility Stephen Greenblatt; 4. World literature beyond Goethe Reinhard Meyler-Kalkus; 5. Mobility between Boston and Berlin: how Germans have read and reread narratives of American slavery Heike Paul; 6. Struggling for mobility: migration, tourism, and cultural authority in contemporary China Pal Nyiri; 7. Performativity and mobility: Middle Eastern traditions on the move Friederike Pannewick; 8. A mobility studies manifesto Stephen Greenblatt.

    1. Cultural mobility: an introduction Stephen Greenblatt; 2. 'The wheel of torments': mobility and redemption in Portuguese colonial India (16th century) Ines Zupanov; 3. Theatrical mobility Stephen Greenblatt; 4. World literature beyond Goethe Reinhard Meyler-Kalkus; 5. Mobility between Boston and Berlin: how Germans have read and reread narratives of American slavery Heike Paul; 6. Struggling for mobility: migration, tourism, and cultural authority in contemporary China Pal Nyiri; 7. Performativity and mobility: Middle Eastern traditions on the move Friederike Pannewick; 8. A mobility studies manifesto Stephen Greenblatt.

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    Cultural Mobility is a blueprint and a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines, the essays collected here under the distinguished editorial guidance of Stephen Greenblatt share the conviction that cultures, even traditional cultures, are rarely stable or fixed. Radical mobility is not a phenomenon of the twenty-first century alone, but is a key constituent element of human life in virtually all periods. Yet academic accounts of culture tend to operate on exactly the opposite assumption and to celebrate what they imagine...
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Zupanov is born in Zagreb, Croatia

In Missionary Tropics, Ines Zupanov examines the Portuguese Jesuit missionary project in India from the beginning of the sixteenth up to the establishment of the East India Company and British imperialism in the seventeenth century. Zupanov closely analyzes the wealth of devotional literature and Jesuit letters such as those of Francis Xavier, Diogo Goncalves, Jacome Fenicio, and Jesuit martyrs. The author attempts to move beyond hagiography, nationalistic histories, and that of institutions to contribute a more critical understanding of Jesuit missions. Missionary Tropics is divided into three parts: the first examines St. Francis Xavier and Thomas the Apostle and the role of sacred relics in Asia; the second examines the experiences and representation of missionary work in India such as the romanticization of martyrdom; and the third part examines missionary reports and attempts to understand Indian culture and religion. Zupanov posits two themes throughout her book—tropics and translation.