Mou Banerjee is a third-year PhD student in history at Harvard University. Currently, she is a traveling scholar, dividing her time between India and the UK to work at several archives. Her research explores Indian intellectuals’ encounters with Christianity in the nineteenth century. She charts the development of a complex relationship of overt repudiation and covert fascination, where Christianity was perceived as a religion and a philosophy, a discursive and dialectical category, a denominator of racial and social difference, and as a repository of Enlightenment ethos and modernity. She intends to investigate how this examination of Christianity represents a philosophical engagement, leading to contestation over the nature of faith’s sociopolitical implications, and of the political responsibility of the colonized subjects. She is the recipient of the 2013 SSRC-IDRF dissertation research fellowship.
PhD Student in History, Harvard University
Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University