Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Human Person and Nature: a conference in Rome, 13th--15th March 2013

Will you be in Rome next week? Consider visiting the Museum of Oriental Art (where wonderful pieces from Gandhāra are kept) and listening to at least some speakers of the following conference. Then, let me now with a comment what you enjoyed more (or less).

14th March: Classical India
Morning Session, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale
‘Giuseppe Tucci’, via Merulana 248, Sala degli Specchi

9.30–10.00 Authorities

10.00–10.30 Raffaele Torella (Rome): Introduction

10.30–11 Gilles Tarabout (Paris): Spots of wilderness. “Nature” in the Hindu Temples of Kerala

11.00–11.30 coffee break

11.30–12.00 Elisa Freschi (Vienna): Systematizing an absent category: discourses on “nature” in Prābhākara Mīmāṃsā

12.00–12.30 Rosa Fernandez Gomez (Malaga): Savouring the rasa of life. The artful yogi in Kashmir Śaivism

12.30–13.00 Giuliano Boccali (Milan): The description of Himālaya in Kālidāsa’s Kumārasaṃbhava I, 1–17

13.00–15.30 lunch

Afternoon Session, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale
‘Giuseppe Tucci’, via Merulana 248, Sala degli Specchi

15.30–16.00 Carmela Mastrangelo (Rome): Natural languages and cultural language — substrate influence and classical tradition in the Sanskrit grammars by Paulinus a Sancto Bartholomaeo

16.00–16.30 Bruno Lo Turco (Rome): Woman, nature and satī

16.30–17.00 Gioia Lussana (Rome): Fluid Mother Goddess: water and blood as the flowing sacred essence of Mahā Devī in śākta tantrism of Kāmākhyā

17.00–17.30 coffee break

17.30–18.00 Elisa Ganser (Paris): Poetic convention, theatrical artifice, and the place of nature in Indian dramatic theory

18.00–18.30 Maria Piera Candotti (Turin), Tiziana Pontillo (Cagliari): Is svabhāva a strictly grammatical expression in the Mahābhāṣya? Notes on the early history of a philosophical term

18.30–19.00 Laura Giuliano (Rome): Guhā in Indian art: the place of manifestation. Representation of a concept, rethinking the landscape, recreating the natural space

15th March: Modern and contemporary India
Morning Session, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale
‘Giuseppe Tucci’, via Merulana 248, Sala degli Specchi

9.30–10.00 Giorgio Milanetti (Rome): Introduction

10.00–10.30 Daniela Berti (Paris): Gods’ rights and environmental policy in Himachal Pradesh

10.30–11.00 Jayati Srivastava (New Delhi): Environment as discursive contestation: Narratives of environmentalism in India

11.00–11.30 coffee break

11.30–12.00 Giorgio Milanetti (Rome): Journeys through nature in Jayasi and Tul’si: hints of an urban-rural divide?

12.00–12.30 Mario Prayer (Rome): Looking at man and nature in rural Bengal: Manik Bandyopadhyay’s novel Padmā nadīr mājhi

12.30–13.00 Mara Matta (Rome, Naples): Womanizing nature in Indian literature and cinema

13.00–14.30 lunch

Afternoon Session, Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali,
Sapienza University of Rome, via Principe Amedeo 182b, room 1

15.00–15.30 Ursula Münster (Munich): Human-elephant relations in contemporary South India

15.30–16.00 Sanjukta Das Gupta (Kolkata, Rome): Representing “tribes” and nature in colonial India: British accounts of Chotanagpur and Santal Parganas

16.00–16.30 Christine Lutringer (Lausanne): Experimenting nature: local knowledge and scientific research in India’s “rice bowl”

16.30–17.00 Daniel Münster (Heidelberg): Agrarian alternatives: An ethnographic research programme on human-nature relations in contemporary India

17.00–18.30 General discussion

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