Professor Craig Brandist, University of Sheffield: "Soviet Indology, Socialism and the 'Buddhist Revival': Two Radical Indian intellectuals in the USSR 1917-1940"
|Dates:||21 November 2018|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
The paper will focus on the work of two Indian socialist intellectuals: Dharmanand Kosambi (1876-1947, father of the founder of Indian Marxist historiography, D.D. Kosambi) and Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963). Each sought to combine Buddhism and Marxism in the late colonial period and travelled to the USSR to engage with early Soviet Buddhology in search of an Indian road to socialism that was rooted in indigenous forms of social critique but required the Marxist critique of political economy. This involved attempts to combine anti-caste politics with the nascent communist movement, which was blocked by its Stalinist leadership, with effects that persist today.
Craig Brandist is a Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History, and Director of the Bakhtin Centre at the University of Sheffield. He has authored more than hundred articles, books, and edited volumes on Soviet intellectual history, Bakhtin and Bakhtin’s circle, dialogism, and socio-cultural history of Soviet linguistics which are established reference point in the current scholarship. His latest monograph The Dimensions of Hegemony: Language, Culture and Politics in Revolutionary
Organisation: The University of Sheffield
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