Transdisciplinary approches to the Rāmāyana and the Mahābhārata

May 26, 2021 | All, Other news

Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata

International Online Seminar Series
Cardiff University


Every thursday between 3rd June and 8th June 2021, 14.00-16.30 bst on zoom.
Convened by Simon Brodbeck, Laxshmi Greaves and James Hegarty.

Confirmed programme

Thurs 3 June 2021, 1400–1630 BST

Gayathri Iyer (JNU): “Ravana Anugraḥamūrti as Seen through the Eyes of Śiva’s Gaṇás: Commentary or Humour?”

John Brockington (Edinburgh): “Some Illustrated Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa Manuscripts”

Giulia Buriola (La Sapienza): “Shaping Identities through the Rāmāyaṇa: Interpreting Prapannāmṛta 123–126”

Thurs 10 June, 1400–1630 BST

Panel: Polish Mahābhārata Translation Project

Joanna Jurewicz (Warsaw): “Vyāsa as a Film-Maker. Creating of Battle-Scenes in Selected Examples of MBh 6”

Andrzej Babkiewicz (Warsaw): “Weapons in the Mahābhārata – an Attempt of Reconstruction”

Sven Sellmer (AMU Poznań): “Computer-Based Analysis of the Usage of Expressions Denoting Weapons in the Mahābhārata”

Thurs 17 June, 1400–1630 BST

Shubha Pathak (American): “Demonic and Demidivine Beauty in the Eyes of Demidivine and Demonic Beholders: Making Hanumat Disbelieve and Duryodhana Misbelieve through (A-)Puruṣārthic Assembly-Hall Aesthetics in the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata”

Saran Suebsantiwongse (Cambridge): “When Thai Kings Became ‘Rāma’: Origin, Function and Interpretation of the Rāmakien as Seen through the History, Politics and Material Culture of Thailand”

Emily Hudson: “Hiding in Plain Sight: the Surprise Twist in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa”

Thurs 24 June, 1400–1630 BST

Roberto Morales-Harley (Málaga): “Lifting Brides / Lifting Enemies: Male Embraces in the Mahābhārata’s Virāṭaparvan and Bhāsa’s Pañcarātram”

Harold Wiese (Leipzig): “Decisions in the Mahābhārata”

Christopher Austin (Dalhousie): “Subrahmaṇya Kṛṣṇa: Stolen and Unstolen Cows in the Mahābhārata and Harivaṃśa”

Thurs 1 July, 1400–1630 BST

Panel: Resonances of Separation: Pathos, Compassion, and Divinity in Rāmāyaṇa Narratives

Mercy Dutta (JNU): “Loving like a Spouse, Ruling like a King: Historicizing Emotional Conflict through Bhavabhūti’s Uttararāmacaritam”

Tarinee Awasthi (Cornell): “Pathos and Compassion in the Rāmacaritamānasa and Beyond”

Aditya Chaturvedi (Emory): “Revealing the Goddess: Sītā’s Response to Separation from Rāma in Rameśvaracarita Mithilā Rāmāyaṇa”

Thurs 8 July, 1400–1630 BST

Max Deeg (Cardiff): “The Buddha in the ‘Wild West’: Jātakas and Other Stories in Gandhāra and their Religio-Political Context”

Suganya Anandakichenin (Hamburg): “Nindāstuti or stutinindā? Śiśupāla’s words on Kṛṣṇa in Villipputtūrar’s Tamil Pāratam”

Simon Brodbeck (Cardiff): “Holst’s Sāvitri Libretto”

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