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This year’s online symposium is held April 22-24 2022 (online) – all timings are BST (GMT+1).

47th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions Schedule

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Day 1: Friday 22nd April 2022

    • 13.20-13.30: Welcome
    • 13.30-14.30: Keynote Address

      Professor Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair (University of Michigan)

      Death, Immortality & Time-Consciousness: Sikh Philosophical Perspectives

    • 14.30-14.45: Coffee Break
    • 14.45-15.45: Claire Maes (University of Tübingen)

      Fasting and the Ethics of Dying: Comparing the Jain Practice of Sallekhanā with End-of-life Option of VSED (the Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking)

    • 15.45-16.00: Coffee Break
    • 16.00-17.30: Graduate Panel 1
      Manasicha Akepiyapornchai (Cornell University)

      When Desire for Death Defines Your Liberation: The Śrīvaiṣṇavas’ Soteriological Division between the Afflicted one and the Content one

      Dhruv Raj Nagar (University of Chicago)

      Corporeal Landscapes of Consciousness: Adhyāsa & Adhyāropa in Post- Śaṅkara Advaita

      Valters Negribs (University of Oxford)

      Voluntary Death of Sages in the Sanskrit Epics

Day 2: Saturday 23rd April

  • 10.00-12.00: Graduate Panel 2
    Akshay Gupta (University of Cambridge)

    Can the Bhagavad Gītā’s Philosophy of Mind Account for Consciousness?

    Alfred Ye (University of Oxford)

    Maṇḍanamiśra’s Epistemological Critique of Kumārila Bhaṭṭa’s Dual Nature Theory

    Shivanand Sharma (University of Birmingham)

    On Vedānta and the Fundamentality of Consciousness

    Shree Nahata (University of Oxford)

    Akalaṅka’s Theory of Perception: A Jaina Critique of Buddhist Idealism

  • 12.00-12.30: Coffee Break
  • 12.30-13.30: Seema Chauhan (University of Oxford)

    Immortal Goddess, Dying Nun: Religious Identity in Jaina tales of Durgā

  • 13.30-14.30: Raj Balkaran (Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies)

    Shadow and Light in the Devī Māhāmtya

  • 14.30-14.45: Coffee Break
  • 14.45-15.45: Caley Smith (Harvard University)

    Self-Care and Its Consequences in Early India

  • 15.45-16.45: Brenda Beck (University of Toronto)

    A Unique Tamil Folk Epic Describes A Soma-Style Resurrection: For Its Twin (Aśvin-like) Heroes

  • 16.45-17.00: Coffee Break
  • 17.00-18.00: Matthew Clark (SOAS University of London)

    Soma, Haoma, Amṛta and Immortality: The Use of Ayahuasca Analogues in Antiquity

  • 18.00-18.45: Social time

Day 3: Sunday 24th April

  • 09:45-10:15 Presentation
    Marilyn Edwards Leese (Independent scholar)

    Following the Path of Bodhi: Buddhabhadra’s Caityagriha at Ajanta

  • 10.30-11.30: Ananya Vajpeyi (CSDS, Delhi)

    “Like a Lump of Salt in Water”: Trajectories of the Self in Some Early Upaniṣadic Dialogues

  • 11.30-12.30: Chiara Policardi (University of Milan)

    Animal Images that Evoke Immortality: Urvaśī as an Aquatic Bird, from Ṛgveda X.95 to Kālidāsa’s Vikramorvaśīya

  • 12.30-13.00:Break
  • 13.00-14.00: Marged Trumper (University of Alma Mater, Bologna)

    Bābul Morā: the Sufi Metaphor of Death and other Hidden Meanings in the Most Popular Ṭhumrī Composition

  • 14.00-15.00: Keynote Address

    Dr Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh)

    Sacrifice and Giving on the Narrative Path to Buddhahood

  • 15.00-15.15: Closing Remarks