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Brian Hatcher
Brian Hatcher
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Tufts University
Department of Religion
Eaton Hall, Room 314 
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3418
Fax: 617.627.6615
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Department Chair
Professor
Packard Chair of Theology

Education:
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
MDiv, Yale University
BA, Carleton College

Research Interests:
Hinduism and Religion in modern South Asia Religion and Colonialism
Modern Bengal

Background:
Brian Hatcher's research interests include the expression of religious change among emergent Hindu movements in colonial and contemporary South Asia, the transformation of intellectual and social life in colonial Bengal, and the interrogation of modernity under the conditions of colonialism. He is particularly interested in recovering the agency of Indian intellectuals as they negotiated the normative ideologies, institutions and material technologies associated with British rule in South Asia. Currently he is conducting research on the networking and emplacement of Shiva shrines and Shaiva monastic complexes in western Bengal from the eighteenth to the twentieth century; on the textual and institutional articulation of the Swaminarayan movement in early colonial Gujarat; and on the discourse of reform as it has shaped both colonial attitudes and contemporary scholarship on modern Hinduism. He currently has a monograph under contract with Harvard University Press entitled Religion before India and is the recipient of a 2017 Senior Short-term Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. Read an interview with Brian Hatcher.

Monographs:

Vidyasagar The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian (Routledge 2014)

Bourgeois Hinduism, or Faith of the Modern Vedantists: Rare Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourse (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Idioms of Improvement: Vidyasagar and Cultural Encounter in Bengal (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996)

Translations:

Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar, Hindu Widow Marriage: An Epochal Work on Social Reform from Colonial India. Translated by Brian A. Hatcher (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011)

Edited Volumes:

Hinduism in the Modern World. Edited by Brian Hatcher

Trans-colonial Modernities in South Asia. Edited by Michael S. Dodson and Brian A. Hatcher (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

"India's Many Puritans: Connectivity and Friction in the Study of Modern Hinduism" History Compass (forthcoming)

"Translation in the Zone of the Dubash: Colonial Mediations of Anuv?da," Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming).

"Situating the Swaminarayan Tradition in the Historiography of Modern Hindu Reform," in: Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation and Identity, edited by Raymond B. Williams and Yogi Trivedi. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016. 6-37.

"Pandits at Work: The Modern Sastric Imaginary in Early Colonial Bengal," in: Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia, edited by Michael S. Dodson and Brian A. Hatcher (New York: Routledge, 2012). 45-67.

"Current Approaches to Colonial Hinduism," in: Continuum Companion to Hinduism, edited by Jessica Frazier (London: Continuum, 2011). 171-199. Reprinted in paper as: Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies, edited by Jessica Frazier (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014). 171-199.

Recent Lectures:

"Setting off and Settling Down: Religious Mobility and Place-Making," seminar presentation, Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, March 25, 2016.

"Cowherds, Kings and Sadhus: Shiva Networks in Colonial Bengal," seminar presentation, Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, March 18, 2016.

"Translating Translation: Colonial Mediations of Anuv?da," seminar presentation, Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, March 17, 2016.

"Imitating Friends: Philanthropy and Associational Behavior in Colonial Calcutta," seminar presentation, Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, March 8, 2016.

"Association and Imitation: Translating Philanthropy in Early Colonial Calcutta," presentation for the seminar Orientalismi at Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, November 24, 2015.

"Cowherds, Kings and Sadhus: Aspects of Religious Place-Making in Modern Bengal," lecture delivered at Sapienza Universita di Roma, November 17, 2015.

"The Whereabouts of an Indian Reformer," invited lecture, Department of History, Calcutta University, August 5, 2015.

"Religion in Motion: Shaiva Networks in Colonial Rarh," invited lecture, Department of Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata, August 4, 2015.