Rituals and Revolutions

Lecture by Peter van der Veer on November 23, 2021, at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Nation and Civilization

On October 25, 2019, Peter van der Veer spoke about "Nation and Civilization" at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

The Anthropology of Nationalism

Lecture by Peter van der Veer on October 24, 2019, at the Central Nationalities University (Minzu) in Beijing.

Annual Vivekananda Visiting Professor Lecture at the University of Chicago

Peter van der Veer gives the Annual Vivekananda Visiting Professor Lecture on 7 May 2019 at the University of Chicago.



Workshop on Nationalisms in South Asia


The 2013 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture on “The Value of Comparison”

The Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series, University of Rochester, 2013

"Urban Experience in India and China"

“Urban Experience in India and China”, Mumbai, 4 October 2011

Distinguished Lectures

[2016] Keynote Lecture at the Workshop “Religion in a Plural Society : Comparing the Chinese and Indian Worlds” at the Confucius Institute, Chambésy. June 2016. PDF

[2016] Keynote Speech at the International Conference “Secularisms and the Formations of Religion in Asia: Pluralism, Globalization, Modernities” at Nan Yang Technological University, Singapore. February 2016 Link

[2015] Religion in the Local and Global: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Challenges (British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference), Keynote Lecture “Religion and the City: A Comparative Perspective on Asia and the Rest”, September 2015  Link 

[2015] Keynote Lecture “The Value of Comparison: India and China” at the 5th Congress of Aisan and the Pacific Studies, Paris. September 2015

[2014a] Annual India-Canada Association Lecture at the University of Toronto, March 2014

[2014b] Distinguished Lecture on “Secularism and the Citizen in the Middle East and South Asia”, University of Chicago, February 2014

[2014c] Symposium on Peter van der Veer, The Modern Spirit of Asia at Princeton University, March 2014

[2013] Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures, University of Rochester, November 2013

[2007] Keynote Lecture on religion and democracy in Europe, Van Leer Institute’s 50th Year Jubilee, Jerusalem.

[2006a] Keynote Lecture Conference on The Visceral Nation, Yale University

[2006b] Keynote Lecture Conference on Daoism, Harvard University

[2006c] Keynote lecture Inaugural Conference Eranos, Ascona.

[2005] Keynote Lecture on Visuality and the Nation, American University Beirut

[2003] Distinguished Lecture on Imperial Encounters , Northwestern University

[2001] Keynote Lecture Conference on Religion and Nationalism, University of Arizona

[2001] Keynote Lecture at Conference on Asceticism and Power in Asia, SOAS, London

[2001] Lecture “Netherlands and the Islam” at the occasion of the Hendrik Muller Award, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam

[1997] The Hindu Nation” Golden Jubilee Lecture of the Ethnographic and Folklore Society, University of Lucknow

[1997] Master’s Symposium on Nationalism. Balliol College, Oxford University.

[1995] “Hindu Fundamentalism”, Distinguished Lecture at the University of Iowa

[1994] Migrants and the Margin, Distinguished Speaker, ICCCR Conference, Hybridity and Cultural Difference, Manchester.

[1994] The South Asian Diaspora“, Henry Luce Lecture at Clark University, Worchester (Mass.)

[1987] “Powerful Experiences: technics of body and mind”, Vivekananda Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago.

Other Invited Lectures

[2000] March Invited Comment on Religion and Globalization, American Ethnological Society, Tampa, Florida

[1999a] May 7-9, at the Open University, Milton Keynes.
The Location of Religion: India and Britain in the 19th Century.

[1999b] May 10-14. The Rockefeller Foundation. Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Religion and Modernity: Re-thinking Secularization.
The Location of Religion and Secularity in 19th Century Britain and India.

[1999c] September 27-29 at Hyderabad. IDPAD Seminar on Modern Communicications: Traditional Cultures and Development.
ICT’s: the political dimension.

[1999d] October 14-17, Toda Institute Berlin. Globalization and Cultural security: Migration and Negotations of Identity: Cosmopolitan Options.

[1999e] December 2-5. Kyoto University. The State in India: Past and Present. The State concept of Hindutva.

[1998a] Het eigene en het andere: de politieke betekenis van religieuze verschillen in de natiestaat.
February 7. SWR-conferentie rond het thema ‘Verschillen in culturen (Islam, Christendom, etc.)’ KNAW

[1998b] Religious Nationalism in India and Global Fundamentalism.

February 24-26, Identity, Locality and Globality. An experience of India and Indonesia, Sariska, India. Conference organised by IIAS and ICSSR.

[1998c] Religious Nationalism in India and Global Fundamentalism.
March 4-7, Workshop on Media and Mediation in the Politics of Culture, Calcutta

[1998d] British Council International meeting on Asia & Europe
March 19-22, London

[1998e] Religion, Secularity, and Tolerance in India and Europe.
April 18-23, Religious Toleration/Intolerance seminar, Advanced Study Center, University of Michigan, Michigan at Ann Arbor.

[1998f] Globalization. Introductory Remarks on the Wotro-Program on Globalization
May 8, seminar organised by WOTRO and DGIS, The Hague

[1998g] paneldiscussie
May 8, Indialogue. Symposium ihk van India 50 jaar onafhankelijk, traditie en verandering. KIT, Amsterdam.

[1997a] ‘Europe and the Others’, Lecture at the Culture Eurosummit, De Balie, Amsterdam

[1994a] The Nature of Violence, University of Pennsylvania

[1994b] Texts and Rationality, New York University

[1994c] Hindu Nationalism, Erasmus Symposium on The Limits of Pluralism, Bilderberg

[1994d] The Enigma of Arrival, Centre for Literary Studies, Harvard University

[1993] Seminar on Religious Nationalism, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

[1992a] ‘Ayodhya and Somnath’, University Seminar, Columbia University.

[1992b] ‘Syncretism and Multiculturalism’, Religious Studies Seminar on The Study of Religion: History and Methods of the Discipline. Washington University in St.Louis.

[1991a] ‘The Vishva Hindu Parishad’, Center for International Relations, Harvard University.

[1991b] ‘Riots and Rituals’, Jackson School, University of Washington.

[1991c] ‘The concept of a South Asian Diaspora’, Seminar on the South Asian Diaspora, University of Pennsylvania.

[1990a] ‘A saint’s day in Surat’, Centre de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

[1990b] ‘Conceptions of the body’, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

[1990c] ‘Hindu Nationalism’, Philadelphia Anthropological Society.

[1989] ‘Playing or Praying; on Sufism in Surat’, SudAsien Institut Universitat Heidelberg.

[1988] ‘Ascetic disciplines in India,’ Department of Anthropology, University of Kent at Canterbury,

[1987b] “To be an Indian is to be a Hindu?”, PhD program in anthropology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

[1987c] “Hindu communalism”, Department of Indian Languages, University of Iowa.

[1987d] “Hindu asceticism”, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University.

[1987e] “To be an Indian is to be a Hindu?”, Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester.

[1986a] “The concept of the ideal Brahman”, South Asian seminar, London School of Economics.

[1986b] “Hinduism and Brahmanism”, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.

[1986c] “The taming of the ascetic”, Seminar on equality and inequality, London School of Economics.

Emeritus Group Religious Diversity

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

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37073 Göttingen


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