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History Hour: Goan Hindus under the Portuguese Republic: Resurgence through Social Engineering

XCHR, Porvorim cordially invites you for a History Hour programme at  XCHR on Thursday, 29th August  2019 at 5.30 pm. Dr. Varsha Kamat will speak on the topic  “Goan Hindus under the Portuguese Republic: Resurgence through Social Engineering”.
All of you, along with your friends and colleagues are cordially invited for the talk-cum discussion. Kindly refer to the attached flyer and poster for further details. 
Topic: “Goan Hindus under the Portuguese Republic: Resurgence through Social Engineering”
Speaker: Dr Varsha Kamat
Date: Thursday, 29th August, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim

Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR), Porvorim is pleased to announce its 9th annual Goa History Quiz Competition for students in Class 8 to 10 on September 20th and September 27th, 2019.
The Prelims will be held on September 20th, 2019 at the following locations:
         North Goa Schools at XCHR, Porvorim
         South Goa Schools at Loyola High School, Margao

The Finals will be held on September 27th, 2019 at XCHR, Porvorim.
Attached in the email is a letter from the Administrator, Anderson Fernandes to your esteemed school along with the Rules and Regulations and the Poster.

Kindly bring this to the notice of all children who might be interested in taking part in this quiz competition. Enclosed also is the Entry Form to be completed and returned as soon as possible.



Two European missionary teams, one Catholic and the other Protestant, encountered each other in the Tamil country in the first decade of the eighteenth century. They acted and thought that their goals were irreconcilable, even if the Protestants in Tranquebar admitted that the Catholic Jesuit proselytism in the region had been efficient as “preparatio evangelicae” for the Protestant mission. Jesuits and Pietists were not only rivals, they also collaborated, uneasily and unequally, in collecting, processing and disseminating knowledge. Missionary linguistic and medico-botanical expertise was considered an indispensable proselytizing tool, in addition to showcasing their “scientific” achievements, admired and envied in Europe. Both Pietists and Jesuits of this period were fighting the early Enlightenment atheists, while feeding them the materials from the missions. Both missionary groups were also victims of the Enlightenment historiography.

This lecture is an exploratory effort at connecting historiographies and histories of the missionary agents that have for long been considered in watertight compartments created by their hagiographers or detractors. My aim is to open a dialogue between these missionary experiences and work out visible and invisible links between the Pietists and Jesuits in South India during the early eighteenth century.

Županov, Ines G. is Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS in Paris and a former director of the Centre d’études de l’Inde/l’Asie du Sud (CNRS-EHESS). Currently she is a Fellow at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (Center for Social Sciences and Humanities) in New Delhi. She is a social /cultural historian of Catholic missions in South Asia and has also worked on other topics related to Portuguese empire. In addition to other two books, her latest monograph co-written with Ângela Barreto Xavier is Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge, 16th-18th centuries (OUP, New Delhi, 2015). She edited ten books and her articles in various languages are published in edited books and journals (Annales, Representations, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, RES: Anthropology and Esthetics, Comparative Studies in Society and History, etc.)