Deep Modernization, Imperialism and the European Enlightenment

Abstract of the Lecture: This lecture seeks to explain why, in the very period in which Europe was defining and exporting its ideas about equality, reason and liberty as primary universal values, it was also engaged in a wholesale effort to conquer, exploit and domesticate much of the rest of the world. The proposed answer lies in the internal contradictions of the Western trajectory of world-making.

Arjun Appadurai is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. His most recent book is The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (Verso: London, 2013). He is also Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (Mumbai) and Senior Research Partner at The Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen (Germany). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Adviser to numerous international organizations, including UNESCO and The World Bank.