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Last year’s online symposium was held April 23-25 2021 (online) – all timings are BST (GMT+1).

46th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions Schedule

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Day 1: Friday 23rd April 2021

  • 11.55-12.00: Welcome
  • 12.00-13.00: Keynote Address

    Jacqueline Suthren Hirst (University of Manchester)

    When is a Blue Lotus not a Blue Lotus? Categorisation, Learning and Epistemic Shifts

  • 13.00-13.15: Coffee Break
  • 13.15-14.15: Arun Brahmbhatt (St Lawrence University)

    Debating the Scholastic ‘Other’ in Svaminarayan Literature

  • 14.15-15.15: Heleen De Jonckheere (University of Chicago)

    Vernacularising Jainism. The Dharmaparīkṣā by Manohardāss

  • 15.15-15.30: Coffee Break
  • Postgraduate papers:
  • 15.30-16.00: Szilvia Szanyi (University of Oxford)

    The Changing Meanings of the Term Āśraya in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośabhāṣya

  • 16.00-16.30: Ranjamrittika Bhowmik (University of Oxford)

    Mystical Utterances of Sahaja: The Soul-Body Amalgam in Caryāgīti, Tukkhā and Bāul-Fakir Songs of Bengal

  • 16.30-17.00: Seema Chauhan (University of Chicago)

    Parodying Mīmāṃsā Epistemology Through a Jaina Rāmāyaṇa

Day 2: Saturday 24th April

  • 11.00-12.00: Ananya Vajpeyi (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies)

    The Ethics of Poetry and the Poetry of Ethics: Bhartṛhari’s Three Hundred Reconsidered

  • 12.00-13.00: Karl-Stéphan Bouthilette (University of Ghent)

    Acknowledging the Philosophical and Spiritual Value of Doxography as a Literary Genre

  • 13.00-13.15: Coffee Break
  • 13.15-14.15: Christopher T. Fleming (University of Oxford)

    Devasvatva: New Contributions to the Study of the Sanskrit Jurisprudence of Divine Ownership

  • 14.15-15.15: Caley Smith (University of Washington)

    What Kind of a Subject is the Vedic Śūdra?

  • 15.15-15.30: Coffee Break
  • 15.30-16.30: Stuart Ray 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

  • 16.30-17.15: Plenary

    Teaching Indian Religions in an Online and (Post-)Pandemic Age Reflections and discussion on the current state and future developments of online teaching.

Day 3: Sunday 25th April

  • 12.00-13.00: Charles DiSimone (University of Ghent)

    Notes on Recent Buddhist Manuscript Discoveries from Mes Aynak and Greater Gandhāra

  • 13.00-13.15: Coffee Break
  • 13.15-14.15: Jonathan Duquette (University of Cambridge)

    Power, Independence and Divinity: A Śaiva Response to Veṅkaṭanātha’s View of the Goddess

  • 14.15-15.15: Deepak Sarma (Case Western Reserve University)

    Comparison as Means of Colonization, Comparison as Strategy to Controvert: Madhva Vedanta and Christianity

  • 15.15-15.30: Coffee Break
  • Postgraduate papers:
  • 15.30-16.00: Radha Blinderman (Harvard University)

    Why Kṛṣṇa and Śakti Have Their Own Grammars: Rivalry and Innovation in Sectarian Grammars of Sanskrit

  • 16.00-16.30: Charlotte Gorant (Columbia University)

    Nāgas in Early Buddhism: Fluidity and Framing Presence in Art

  • 16.30-17.30: Keynote Address

    Oliver Freiberger (University of Texas at Austin)

    Comparing Religion Within and Beyond South Asia

  • 17.30-17.35: Closing Remarks