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I am pleased to announce the draft programme for the 2017 Spalding Symposium. Booking will open in the new year.

Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

7th-9th April 2017, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford


Friday 7th April

3.00-3.45pm Registration, tea and coffee

3.45-4.00pm Welcome, announcements

4.00-5.00pm Opening Keynote Lecture:

Professor Anne MacDonald, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna – ‘Real Illusions, Illusory Realities: Appearance and Reality in Mahāyāna Buddhism’

5.00-5.15 comfort break

5.15-6.15pm   Alice Collett, Nalanda University – ‘Literary Motif and Meme in Considerations of Biological Sex as Appearance and Reality’

6.30-7.30pm Dinner

7.30-8.30pm   Rafal Stepien, 
Berggruen Research Fellow in Indian Philosophy, University of Oxford – ‘Illusory Selves in Action, Delusory Views in Thought:
 A Buddhist Approach to the Abandonment of All

Saturday 8th April

9.00-10.00am Marco Ferrante, Austrian Academy of Sciences – ‘Between language and being: Bhartṛhari’s on reality and appearance’

10.00-11.00am  Monika Nowakowska, Warsaw University – ‘(Ir)reality of desire: early Mīmāṁsā on decisive craving, enigmatic heaven and insignificant gods’

11.00-11.30am Coffee

11.30am-1.00pm Postgraduate papers:

11.30-12.00     Avni Chag, SOAS, University of London – ‘The Making of a Scripture:
The Socio-Religious Context of the Svāminārāyaṇa Sampradāya’s Śikṣāpatrī’

12.00-12.30     Aleksandra (Sasha) Gordeeva, Yale University – ‘Despair (nirveda) and Delusion (moha): The Entanglement of the Divergent Emotions in Rāmacandra’s Dramatic Works’

12.30-1.00       Charles Li, University of Cambridge – ‘Casting Sāṃkhya as Advaita: A falsified quotation from the Pātañjalayogaśāstra

1.00-3.00pm Lunch and free time to explore the town

3.00-4.00pm Postgraduate papers continued:

3.00-3.30pm   Davey K. Tomlinson, University of Chicago – ‘A Buddhist Debate on the Reality of Appearances’

3.30-4.00pm   Karen O’Brien-Kop, SOAS, University of London – ‘The entangled discourse of classical yoga’

4.00-4.30pm Coffee

4.30-5.30pm   Julie Regan, La Salle University, Philadelphia – ‘The Path to Truth through Appearances in the Literary Works of Aśvaghoṣa’

5.30-6.30pm   Eviatar Shulman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – ‘Omniscience and Reality: Reflections on Knowledge and Truth in the Jātakas

6.30-7.30pm Dinner

Sunday 9th April

9.00-10.00am       Michael S. Allen, University of Virginia – ‘The Idealist Turn in Late Advaita Vedānta’

10.00-11.00am     Victor A. van Bijlert, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – ‘Realistic reasoning and the unreal world: Gaudapada’s use of Nyāya-methodology to argue for illusionism’

11.00-11.30am Coffee

11.30am-12.30pm Closing Keynote Lecture:

Professor David Gellner, University of Oxford – ‘The Politics of Religious Affiliation in Nepal’

12.30-1.00pm Final remarks and information about following year’s Symposium

1.00-2.00pm Lunch, followed by departure

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