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Published on May 1, 2014
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies Presents:
Liberation Philology By Sheldon Pollock Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Hosted by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
How philology - the discipline of making sense of texts, in the widest possible sense of those terms -orients itself to the world outside the text, and to what extent, conversely, that world shapes philological concerns and practices is a core question of "Liberation Philology." The lecture will address, somewhat unevenly, three matters: balancing the claims of the inside and the outside of the text; supplementing postcolonialism with postcapitalism, or a concern over past wrongs with a concern for future rights; and finding way to meet, from our small philological locations as specific intellectuals, the obligation to construct "a planet-wide inclusivist community."
Sheldon Pollock is currently Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India, and Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia. He is general editor of the Murty Classical Library of India and of Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit, Government of India, and in 2009, the Padma Shri.