Spalding Symposium programme and extra events

The programme for this year’s Spalding Symposium (slightly adjusted from the last version) can be found below. Booking is still open (follow this link: bit.ly/SpaldingSymposium) but please note that residential bookings can only be taken until Friday 6th March.

In the days leading up to the Symposium there will be two extra events that are open to all:

Public Lecture by Professor Stephen Berkwitz (Missouri State University) – ‘Locating ‘True Buddhism’ in the Modern World’ (Thursday 9th April, 5.30-6.30pm, Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh)

Story of Story in South Asia project roundtable (Friday 10th April, 1.30-3.00pm, Senate Room, New College, University of Edinburgh) With project researchers Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh) and James Hegarty (Cardiff University), invited participants Brian Black (Lancaster University) and Jonathan Geen (Western University, London, Ontario), and other participants from the Symposium. All are welcome, but please let Naomi Appleton know if you plan to attend as space is limited. (More information on the project can be found here: http://storyofstoryinsouthasia.wordpress.com)

Symposium Schedule

Papers will be in the Martin Hall and refreshments in the Rainy Hall. Both are on the first floor of New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX. A lift is available.

Friday 10th April

3.00-4.15pm Registration, tea and coffee in the Rainy Hall

4.15-4.30 Welcome, announcements

4.30-5.30 Opening Keynote Lecture: Professor Stephen Berkwitz (Missouri State University) – ‘So Near Yet So Far: Sri Lankan Strategies for Superseding Indian Cultural Forms’

5.30-6.30 Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) – ‘Art, Liturgy and the Transformation of Memory: Christian rapprochement with Buddhism in post-independence Sri Lanka’

6.30-7.30 Dinner

7.30-8.30 Jessie Pons (Ruhr Universität Bochum) – ‘Visual Dialogues:
 The Archaeology of Inter-Religious Encounters in Pre-Modern India’

Saturday 11th April

9.00-10.00 Jonathan Geen (Western University, Ontario) – ‘Dialogue through Myth: Jain Forays into ‘Hindu’ Mythology’

10.00-11.00 Brian Black (Lancaster University) – ‘In dialogue with Krishna, in dialogue with the Bhagavad Gita

11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate papers:

James Morris (St Andrews University) – ‘Hinduism and Japanese Religion’

Anja Pogacnik (University of Edinburgh) – ‘The Changing Marital and Familial Lives of Leicester Jain Women’

Lucian Wong (University of Oxford) – ‘Bhadraloka and Brāhmaṇical Polemics Against Vaiṣṇava Deviance’

1.00-3.30 Lunch and free time to explore the city

3.30-4.30 Martin Fárek (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic) – ‘Christian or Colonial? Debates about the Nature of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Nineteenth Century India’

4.30-5.30 Deborah Nadal – ‘Cows under crossfire: Interreligious debate on the economic exploitation of Indian cattle’

5.30-6.00 Tea and coffee

6.00-7.00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Uma Chakravarti (National Fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research) – ‘Contentious Dialogues: Three Moments From an Argumentative Past’

7.00-8.30 Reception and dinner in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Spalding Symposium

Sunday 12th April

9.00-10.00 Lisa Wessman Crothers (College of Wooster, USA) – ‘Testing the Good Woman: Dialogue, Deception, and the Marriage of Amarā in the Bodhisattva Career’

10.00-11.00 Nathan McGovern (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) – ‘Brahmanical vs. Non-Brahmanical: Rethinking a Fundamental Dichotomy in Early South Asian Religion’

11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30-12.30 Hephzibah Israel and Matthias Frenz (University of Edinburgh) – ‘Dialogue and Narrative: Negotiating Religion, Language and Identity in Conversions to Christianity in South India’

12.30-1.00 Closing discussion

1.00-2.00 Lunch, followed by departure

Booking now open for Spalding Symposium 2015

Booking for the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions 2015 is now open. If you follow the link below you can register and pay, either as a residential guest (£190 including a room for two nights and all meals) or a non-residential guest (£65, no accommodation, all meals). A variety of day-rate options are also available. Accommodation is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

bit.ly/SpaldingSymposium

The Symposium will be held at New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, UK, 10th-12th April 2015, and will have the theme “dialogue”. Professors Uma Chakravarti and Stephen Berkwitz will be our keynote speakers, supplemented by an impressive range of papers from other scholars (see draft programme below).

Provisional programme for Spalding Symposium 2015

I am delighted to announce that, after careful consideration of the many abstracts submitted to us, we have drafted the symposium schedule as below. The exact timings are subject to change, but we hope that it communicates a flavour of the exciting papers that are promised for our gathering next spring.

Booking information will be made available soon.

Friday 10th April

3.00-4.15pm Registration, tea and coffee

4.15-4.30 Welcome, announcements

4.30-5.30 Opening Keynote Lecture: Professor Stephen Berkwitz (Missouri State University) – ‘So Near Yet So Far: Sri Lankan Strategies for Superseding Indian Cultural Forms’

5.30-6.30 Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) – ‘Art, Liturgy and the Transformation of Memory: Christian rapprochement with Buddhism in post-independence Sri Lanka’

6.30-7.30 Dinner

7.30-8.30 Jessie Pons (Ruhr Universität Bochum) – ‘Visual Dialogues:
 The Archaeology of Inter-Religious Encounters in Pre-Modern India’

Saturday 11th April

9.00-10.00 Jonathan Geen (Western University, Ontario) – ‘Dialogue through Myth: Jain Forays into ‘Hindu’ Mythology’

10.00-11.00 Brian Black (Lancaster University) – ‘In dialogue with Krishna, in dialogue with the Bhagavad Gita

11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate papers:

James Morris (St Andrews University) – ‘Hinduism and Japanese Religion’

Anja Pogacnik (University of Edinburgh) – ‘The Changing Marital and Familial Lives of Leicester Jain Women’

Lucian Wong (University of Oxford) – ‘Bhadraloka and Brāhmaṇical Polemics Against Vaiṣṇava Deviance’

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Martin Fárek (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic) – ‘Christian or Colonial? Debates about the Nature of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Nineteenth Century India’

3.00-4.00 Deborah Nadal – ‘Cows under crossfire: Interreligious debate on the economic exploitation of Indian cattle’

4.00-6.00 Free time to explore the city

6.00-7.00 Keynote Lecture: Professor Uma Chakravarti (National Fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research) – ‘Contentious Dialogues: Three Moments From an Argumentative Past’

7.00-8.30 Reception and dinner in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Spalding Symposium

Sunday 12th April

9.00-10.00 Lisa Wessman Crothers (College of Wooster, USA) – ‘Testing the Good Woman: Dialogue, Deception, and the Marriage of Amarā in the Bodhisattva Career’

10.00-11.00 Nathan McGovern (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) – ‘Brahmanical vs. Non-Brahmanical: Rethinking a Fundamental Dichotomy in Early South Asian Religion’

11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30-12.30 Hephzibah Israel (University of Edinburgh) and Matthias Frenz – ‘Dialogue and Narrative: Negotiating Religion, Language and Identity in Conversions to Christianity in South India’

12.30-1.00 Closing discussion

1.00-2.00 Lunch, followed by departure

Call for papers for 2015 symposium

We invite proposals for papers for the 40th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which will be held in Edinburgh on 10th-12th April 2015.

The theme this year is ‘dialogue’, by which we mean discussion, conversation, debate, argument, and communication between and within the religious traditions of South Asia. Our purview includes both religions of South Asian origin wherever in the world they are being practised, and those of non South Asian origin present within South Asia. We welcome papers based upon all research methods, including textual, historical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical.

Presenters are usually allocated one hour for their paper and subsequent discussion, and will normally be expected to pay their own conference registration and expenses. (The Symposium fee, including food and accommodation, will be £190, with a non-residential rate of £65. Registration details will be sent separately.) In some cases financial assistance for speakers may be available.

We also welcome proposals from doctoral students, who will be allocated a 30 minute slot, and offered free registration at the Symposium.

We are delighted to announce our keynote lectures for the Symposium:

Prof. Stephen C. Berkwitz (Missouri State University): ‘So Near Yet So Far: Sri Lankan Strategies for Superseding Indian Cultural Forms’

Prof. Uma Chakravarti (National Fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research): ‘Contentious Dialogues: Three Moments From an Argumentative Past’

If you would like to participate in this exciting anniversary symposium please send a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) to the Convenor, Dr Naomi Appleton, at naomi.appleton@ed.ac.uk, by the end of October 2014.

2015 symposium keynotes

We are delighted to announce that Professors Uma Chakravarti and Stephen Berkwitz have agreed to serve as keynotes at the 2015 Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which will be held in Edinburgh on 10th-12th April.

A call for papers – including requests for postgraduate speakers – will be issued in a couple of months.

Naomi

40th Spalding Symposium: dates, venue, theme

We are pleased to announce preliminary details of the 40th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions!

Date: 10th – 12th April 2015
Venue: New College, University of Edinburgh
Theme: Dialogue, by which we mean discussion, conversation, debate, argument, and communication between and within the religious traditions of South Asia.

To hear further announcements about this symposium, including keynotes and schedule for submission of abstracts please follow this blog using the button on the right.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Edinburgh next spring.

Naomi Appleton

40th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

The Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions will be peripatetic from next year. Consequently, the next symposium will be held in Edinburgh, the home of our new Convenor, Dr Naomi Appleton. If you would like to host the symposium in subsequent years, please contact Naomi.