The Sanskrit Traditions Symposium

Organisers

Dr Jessica Frazier
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms
Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen

The 38th Annual Sanskrit Traditions Symposium

Week 5, Friday 27 May
Time TBA

The Sanskrit Traditions Symposium is a forum for the discussion of the Sanskrit traditions of South Asia, and the texts and cultures that have risen out of them. It brings together established and rising academics for the focused examination of research pertaining to various aspects of South Asia’s rich Sanskrit religious and intellectual culture. It thereby seeks to sustain and build upon the long history of scholarship in this important area of study.

The Symposium will be held online this year.

  • The development of some key terms and concepts in the early Advaita Vedānta
    Ivan Andrijanić (University of Zagreb)
  • With the Eye of a Scholar and the Insight of a Physician: Gangadhar Ray Kaviraj and the Carakasaṃhitā
    Cristina Pecchia (Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna)
  • Śūdra’s Salvation Through Reading the Bhāgavatapurāṇa: A Debate Among Early Modern Vaiṣṇavas
    Radha Blinderman (Harvard University)
  • Vedantic Comedy and Religious Nationalism in V. Raghavan’s Modern Sanskrit Drama, Vimukti
    Charles S. Preston (University of Chicago)

Instructions for contributors

Full papers

  • Papers are pre-circulated so that participants can read them before the seminar to ensure the best possible use of discussion time. Papers are therefore not read out at the seminar itself. Each full paper will be allocated 40 minutes of discussion time. The paper will be briefly introduced by the person chairing the session, who will then raise questions to the paper-giver, before opening the discussion.
  • Papers should be no longer than 20 pp, A4, including notes and references, and should be presented in a font size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point. Line spacing should be no less than 1.5. (Papers will be reduced for photocopying).
  • To facilitate discussion for those short of reading time, paper-givers should provide a one page abstract of the key argument of the paper, along with their paper. Please include your email address for further feedback.

Research reports

  • These give postgraduate students and others at the beginning of a research project the opportunity to offer a briefer report in order to gain feedback on its direction and approach.
  • Research Reports, also pre-circulated, will be allocated 15 minutes of discussion time. In this case, the chair will introduce the report presenter who will then briefly summarise his or her own research together with the questions the presenter would like the audience to comment on. The chair will then open the discussion to all present.
  • Research Reports should be no longer than 8 pp, A4, and should be presented in a font size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point. Line spacing should be no less than 1.5.
  • To facilitate discussion, report presenters should provide a one page abstract of the main lines of their research and the key questions they would like addressed. Please include your email address for further feedback.

Chairing

  • The chair of each main session will be responsible for introducing the paper-giver and paper in no more than 5 minutes, in initiating a discussion with the paper-giver (15 mins max) and in ensuring there is ample time for discussion from the floor (at least 20 mins).
  • In the case of Research Reports, the chair’s job is to introduce the candidate and to ensure that all comments from the floor are heard where possible.
  • Since the programme is packed, it is vital that chairs time-keep efficiently.