Indological Workshop – University of Copenhagen

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Indological Workshop

Interplay Between the Traditions of Jyotiḥśāstra and the Purāṇas

The workshop investigates the interplay between two intellectual traditions of ancient and medieval India, Jyotiḥśāstra (the astral sciences) and the Purāṇas (religious texts of encyclopedic nature).

Programme

May 20: Individual presentations (27.1.47)

09:30 - 10:00   Tea and coffee

10:00 - 10:15   Welcome

10:15 - 10:45   David Buchta, Brown University
                          Grammatical Concerns among Purāṇa Commentators in
                          Cosmological Passages

10:50 - 11:20   Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin at Madison
                          Ancient Geography: A Model of the Universe in Kathmandu’s Royal Palace

11:25 - 11:55   Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka, University of Canterbury
                         Śrīpati’s Critique of Cosmography in the Purāṇas and Some
                         Other Philosophies

12:00 - 13:00   Lunch

13:00 - 13:30   Marko Geslani, University of South Carolina
                         The Ritualization of Jyotiḥśāstra in Purāṇic Rājadharma

13:35 - 14:05   Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, University of Copenhagen
                         Three Purāṇic Vākyas in the Siddhāntasundara

14:10 - 14:40   Bill Mak, Kyoto University
                          Jyotiṣa Materials in the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa

14:45 - 15:15   Tea and coffee

15:15 - 15:45   Krishnamurthi Ramasubramanian, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
                          Nīlakaṇṭha’s Understanding of the Purāṇic View

15:50 - 16:20   Kenneth Zysk, University of Copenhagen
                          Chapters in the Garuḍapurāṇa Derived from the Bṛhatsaṃhitā

16:30 - 17:00   Group Discussion

May 21: Readings of Sanskrit texts (27.1.47)

09:45 - 10:00   Tea and coffee

10:00 - 12:30   Bhāgavatapurāṇa 5.16 with the Commentary of Vaṃśīdhara
                          Led by David Buchta

12:30 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 - 16:30   Selections from Śrīpati's Siddhāntaśekhara
                          Led by Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka

18:30-   Dinner for invited participants

May 22: Readings of Sanskrit texts (27.0.49)

 09:45 - 10:00   Tea and coffee

10:00 - 12:30   Varāhamihira's Bṛhatsaṃhitā 47 (Puṣyasnāna)
                          Led by Marko Geslani

12:30 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 - 16:30   Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa 166-167
                          Led by Bill Mak

Please direct questions to the organizer Toke Lindegaard Knudsen.

This workshop has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 701709 and from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.