Sugata Bose Lecture
Sugata Bose Lecture on Rabindranath Tagore
Date: 09/20/2013 - 3:15pm
Location: Monroe 130
Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University
A world-historical transformation is under way in the early twenty-first century as Asia recovers the global position it had lost in the late eighteenth century. Yet the idea of Asia and a spirit of Asian universalism were alive and articulated in a variety of registers during the period of European imperial domination. One of the most creative exponents of an Asia-sense was Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. This lecture will explore the intellectual, cultural and political conversations across Asia conducted by Tagore and his contemporaries. Such an exploration may give us fresh insights into the modern intellectual history of Asia as well as theories of universalism, cosmopolitanism and internationalism.
Sponsored by the History Department, South Asia Center, East Asia Center, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Taraknath Das Fund.