Lecture: The Bengal Renaissance

By Dr. Abhishek Dutta (Group-T, Leuven)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven)

Participation is free, but prior registration is required at conference@ggs.kuleuven.be.

organisation(s):

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

location

Belgium

type (discipline):

Lecture / Presentation / Debate (All disciplines)

Wed, April 24th 2013

18:00 till 20:00 The Bengal Renaissance read more

by Dr. Abhishek Dutta
(Group-T, Leuven)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven)

In the 19th century, Bengal witnessed an intellectual avalanche of European philosophy, history, science and literature. It is widely believed that this influenced the Bengali intelligentsia, which embarked on the so called Bengal Renaissance. This was a complex movement that has both revivalist and reformist tendencies. Young Bengalis promoted atheism and rationalism as a code of conduct against an unjust caste system. Apart from the growth of nationalistic ideals challenging the colonial subjugation and the secular struggle for rational freethinking, the period witnessed intense spread of Western education and ideas and the rise of vernacular literature. The most important contribution, however, has been the awakening of the spirit of Humanism, intrinsic to intellectual Enlightenment, through the eradication of class, gender and caste hierarchies that was widely prevalent in the then Hindu society.

Participation is free, but prior registration is required at conference@ggs.kuleuven.be.

Venue

Monseigneur Sencie Institute (MSI)
room: 01.16
Ravenstraat / Erasmusplein
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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