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Religious Cosmopolitanism: Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) and the Hindu World, 1898-1911

South Asia Research Institute Public Lecture


Distinguished Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago/ANU)


Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120), McCoy Circuit, ANU


Wednesday, 5 August, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00

This lecture will focus on the Indian life of Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble, b. 1867) who arrived in India in 1898 as a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and died there in 1911. Her experience of India provides fascinating material for a cross-cultural study of religious cosmopolitanism of her times.

About the speaker

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Law at the University of Chicago. He is also a Dean’s Distinguished Visitor at the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU.

He is the author of many articles and books including “The Climate of History: Four Theses,” Critical Inquiry (2009), The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth (2015), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2008;2000), Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (2002), Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (2000; 1989). He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies, and is a Consulting Editor of Critical Inquiry. Chakrabarty is currently working on a book on climate change and on a collection of essays on history’s relationship to the present. Chakrabarty was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006. He was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Prize for his contributions to global history.




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