Academic Privilege and Modern Scholasticism: Secular Transcendence and Wordly Immanence

  • Saurabh Dube El Colegio de México
Palabras clave: inmanencia, escolasticismo, esfera pública, Jürgen Habermas, privilegio académico


This essay explores issues of worldly immanence and secular transcendence by focusing on modern scholasticism. Such scholasticisms intimate pervasive procedures that turn their particular case into the general story while forgetting the conditions that make this possible. It is exactly such spectacular conjuring that the essay refers to as secular transcendence: implicit assumptions of immaculate knowledge that occlude and ignore the traces and tracks of its maculate birth in the world. Against this is contrasted the presence of worldly immanence, which militates against routine assumptions of the disenchantment of – and detachment toward – the world. Seizing upon such worldly immanence, the essay critically explores how modern scholasticism and secular transcendence formidably beget and betoken the cultural privilege of academic arenas, embodied at once in the latter’s conceptual conventions as well as their everyday life-worlds.

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Saurabh Dube, El Colegio de México

Saurabh Dube is an Indian scholar whose work combines history and anthropology, archival and field research, social theory and critical thought. After teaching at the University of Delhi, since 1995 he is Professor of History at the Center for Asian and African Studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. He is also, since 2005, National Researcher Level 3 in the National System of Researchers (SNI), Mexico.

Dube was born to anthropologist parents, S.C. Dube and Leela Dube. He received the BA (Honours) and MA degrees in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; an MPhil (1988) from the University of Delhi; and a PhD (1992) from the University of Cambridge. Dube has held visiting professorships several times at institutions such as Cornell University and the Johns Hopkins University, and occupied the DD Kosambi Visiting Chair of Goa University between 2017 and 2019. He has also been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York; the Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick; the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa; the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; the Max Weber Kolleg, Germany, and the IWM, Vienna.

Dube’s research explores questions of colonialism and modernity, law and legalities, caste and community, evangelization and empire, and popular religion and subaltern art. Apart from around one hundred and forty journal articles and book chapters, his authored books include *Untouchable Pasts* (State University of New York Press, 1998; reprint Sage, 2001); *Stitches on Time* (Duke University Press and Oxford University Press [OUP], 2004); *After Conversion* (Yoda Press, 2010); *Subjects of Modernity* (Manchester University Press, 2017 [worldwide]; SUNMeDIA/STIAS, 2017 [South Africa]; Primus Books, 2018 [South Asia]); as well as a quintet in historical anthropology in the Spanish language comprising, *Sujetos subalternos* (2001), *Genealogías del presente* (2003), *Historias esparcidas* (2007), *Modernidad e historia* (2011, second edition, 2018), and *Formaciones de lo contemporaneo* (2017), published by El Colegio de México. A 620-page anthology of his writings in Spanish, *El archivo y el campo* was published in 2019 also by El Colegio de México. Among Dube’s more than fifteen edited and co-edited volumes are *Postcolonial Passages* (OUP, 2004); *Historical Anthropology* (OUP, 2007); *Enchantments of Modernity* (Routledge, 2009); *Ancient to Modern* (OUP, 2009); *Modern Makeovers* (OUP, 2012); *Crime through Time* (OUP, 2013); and *Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South* (Routledge, 2020).



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Dube, S. (2021). Academic Privilege and Modern Scholasticism: Secular Transcendence and Wordly Immanence. Historia Y Grafía, (57), 291-322.