2017 2nd KIAS-KINDAS Joint Seminar
【Date and Time】July 12 (Wednesday), 2017 16:30-18:00
【Venue】 Lecture Room 2 (AA415), 4F, Research Building No.2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
(Building no.34 on the above map)
【Title】The Indo-Islamic heritage and early Indian historians: Romesh Chunder Dutt and the “school-boy who knows all about the twelve invasions of Mahmud”
【Speaker】 Thierry Di Costanzo (University of Strasbourg, France)
Towards the end of the 1880s came the first generation of Indian historians duly trained in the most modern historical techniques. Romesh Chunder Dutt (1845-1909) was a native of Bengal, a Congress president and a high official in the colonial administration. He was the figurehead of a generation of Indian Victorian historians who sought to reconcile the idea of belonging to the Empire and the pride of being Indian. To this end, he invented a specific strategy which was to show the flaws of India in a historical perspective. Only then, Dutt thought, the free future and fast progress of the country could be prepared. However by studying the distant past of his country which was actually a way for him to criticize the system and reject the humiliating assumptions made by hard-core Imperialist historians like Mill and Macaulay, Dutt obliterated the Indo-Islamic heritage. This presentation will shed light on the consistent body of work written by RC Dutt in a critical perspective. Indeed, domesticating historical techniques from the West had the curious effect of avoiding any reference to its Muslim heritage …
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* This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.