A Short Online 2020 Spalding Symposium

We hope this message finds you all safe and well.

In light of the current Covid-19 situation and our spring event being cancelled we have decided to hold a short virtual Spalding Symposium this Autumn as a chance for the Spring presentees to showcase their current work. More details will be released in due course but we would like for you to save the date for 26th September 2020. In order to account for the various time zones we will keep the talks in the afternoon. The symposium will last no more than 4 hours. If you have any queries please feel free to email us at spaldingsymposium1@gmail.com.

Please continue to watch this space for other exciting updates and news.

Thank you and the Future

We are honoured to take on the co-convenorship of the Spalding Symposium of Indian Religions going forward, and very happy to have the ongoing support of Dr Brian Black.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Naomi Appleton for her expert stewardship of the Symposium as convenor and treasurer and for developing the internationally renowned status that this scholarly event has.  
We hope to continue the legacy of the previous convenors and organisers before us, maintain the prestige and integrity of this symposium, and continue to connect scholars and students in the UK and across the globe. In the spirit of this new convenorship, we are interested in ideas that you’d like to see in future symposiums and invite you to send these to our email address: spaldingsymposium1@gmail.com

Dr Avni Chag and Dr Karen O’Brien-Kop 

Provisional Programme for 2020 Symposium

I am pleased to announce the draft programme for the 2020 Spalding Symposium. Booking will open shortly.

Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

24th – 26th April 2020, University of Edinburgh

Provisional Programme:

Friday 24th April

1.45pm   Introduction and welcome

2.00-3.00pm   Opening keynote: Oliver Freiberger (University of Texas at Austin) – “Comparing Religion Within and Beyond South Asia”

3.00-3.30pm   Tea and coffee

3.30-4.30pm   Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette (Ghent University) – ‘The Spiritual Exercise of Comparing Doctrines: A Performative Function of Indian Doxographies’

4.45-6.15pm   Postgraduate Papers

Alex Owens (Lancaster University) – ‘The Greening of the Net: A exploration into the sensitive redeployment of Indra’s Net today within the field of environmentalism’

Manu Ato-Carrera (SOAS) – ‘Engaged Buddhism Across the Three Yānas:A Comparative Approach to a Developing Social Philosophy’

Ranjamrittika Bhowmik (University of Oxford) – ‘Mystical Utterances of Sahaja: The Soul-Body Amalgam in Caryāgīti, Tukkhā and Bāul-Fakir Songs of Bengal’

6.15pm Dinner

 

Saturday 25th April

9.00-10.00am   Maria Heim (Amherst College) – ‘Emptiness: Comparing Buddhaghosa and Śāntideva’

10.00-10.30am   Tea and coffee

10.30-11.30am   Stuart Sarbacker (Oregon State University) – ‘Pātañjala Yoga and Buddhist Abhidharma on Extraordinary Perfections and Accomplishments: A Comparison of Pātañjalayogaśāstra 4.1 and Abhidharmakośa 7.53 on the sources of Siddhi and Ṛddhi’

11.30am-12.30pm   Deepak Sarma (Case Western Reserve University) – ‘Comparison as means of colonization, comparison as strategy to controvert: Madhva Vedanta and Christianity’

12.30-1.30pm   Lunch

1.30-2.30pm   Christopher Austin (Dalhousie University) – ‘Comparing Double Victories and Double Felicities: A Pervasive System of Meaning in Indian Religion and Literature’

2.30-3.30pm   Postgraduate Papers

Krishnan Ram-Prasad (University of Cambridge) – ‘The Epic Cinematic Universe: Intertextual characters as a locus of comparison between Sanskrit and Ancient Greek literature’

Preeti Gulati (Jawaharlal Nehru University) – ‘The Royal Hospitality: A Comparative Study of Kingship in Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa and the Jātakas’

3.30-4.00pm   Tea and coffee

4.00-5.00pm   Mikel Burley (University of Leeds) – ‘‘All is ambivalence’: faith and struggle in the poetry of Rāmprasād Sen and R. S. Thomas’

5.15-6.15pm   Keynote: Jacqueline Suthren Hirst (University of Manchester) ‘A Life of Comparisons’

6.15pm Dinner

 

Sunday 26th April

9.00-10.00am   Michael Williams (Austrian Academy of Sciences) – ‘Hindu Theodicies in Comparison: Vyāsatīrtha, John Calvin and the Problem of Suffering’

10.00-11.00am   Jonathan Geen (King’s University College, CA) – ‘Comparing for Chronology: Hindu and Jain Narratives of Kidnappings and Rescues’

11.00-11.30am   Tea and coffee

11.30am-12.30pm   Karen O’Brien-Kop (University of Roehampton) – ‘Proximal reading: Intertextuality, discourse analysis, and synchronic approaches to classical texts on yoga’

12.30-1.00pm Closing remarks

1.00-2.00pm   Lunch and then departure