The King Must Protect the Difference (Medieval Religious Diversity)

This lecture demonstrated that the institutionalization of large scale settlements comprised of ?aiva and ??kta ?aiva communities throughout the Deccan was underwritten by conceptual possibilities native to the early medieval Brahmanical Dharma??stras themselves.  Succinctly, a body of generally accepted law, promoting site and community specific forms of legal pluralism, up to and inclusive of the suspension of the strictures of var???ramadharma, enabled the emergence of protected spaces effectively zoned for “heresy.” Drawing upon largely unstudied as well as unpublished inscriptional, ??stric, and tantric sources in Sanskrit and Ha?e Kanna?a, the speaker demonstrated the prevalence of such social formations as well as their integrality to our understanding of medieval sociality.

Jason Schwartz is the recipient of the Ludo and Rosane Rocher Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He is currently affiliated at the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient in Pondicherry. He received his MA from Columbia University in 2011 and will receive his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in fall of 2018 and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Religious studies at Stanford University.

Ananya Vajpeyi is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
5.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room