Conference – Self, Sacrifice and Cosmos: Late Vedic Thought, Ritual, and Philosophy - A conference in honor of Dr. Ganesh Umakant Thite

Keynote Speaker: Ganesh U. Thite (University of Pune)
September 24, 2016

Conference | September 24 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room) at UC Berkeley

The conference will focus on the intermediate texts of the Vedic corpus, the Brāhmaṇas and Āraṇyakas that come between the Saṃhitās and the Upaniṣads. Papers will explore topics in religion, ritual, narrative, and philosophy. 

Dr. Ganesh Umakant Thite is Professor Emeritus in Sanskrit at the University of Pune. He has published several books including Sacrifice in the Brāhmaṇa Texts (1975), Medicine: Its Magico-religious Aspects in the Vedic and Later Literature (1981), and Music in the Veda (1996) as well as more than two hundred and fifty papers. In addition to Vedic ritual, Dr. Thite drew attention to intellectual discussions and aspects of what he calls the “magico-religious” in Brāhmaṇa texts. As a result of his close attention to Vedic concepts, he has corrected misinterpreted English translations of numerous Vedic technical terms found not only in Vedic literature, but in other texts in which “Vedisms” are found.


8:30 Introductory Remarks
8:50 Lauren Bausch (Dharma Realm Buddhist University): On Being Firmly Established in the Brāhmaṇas and Āraṇyakas
9:25 Caley Smith (Harvard University): A Vedic Mise En Abyme? 
10:00 Joanna Jurewicz (University of Warsaw): The Consistency of Vedic Argument
10:35 Break
10:50 Stephanie Jamison (UCLA):Vedic Ritual - The Sacralization of the Mundane and the Domestication of the Sacred
11:25 Jan Houben (École Pratique des Hautes Études): Ecology of Ritual Innovation in Ancient India: Some textual evidence
12:00 Lunch 
1:15 Joel Brereton (UT Austin): The Heavenly Sea in Early and Middle Vedic Literature
1:50 Jarrod Whitaker (Wake Forest University): Sexuality, Parentage, and Violence in Early Vedic Poetry
2:25 Break 
2:40 Steven Lindquist (Southern Methodist University): Varṇa in Late Vedic Narrative
3:15 Robert Goldman (UC Berkeley): Creating Context - Adiśaṅkarācārya’s Explication of Some Akhyāyikā-s of the Chāndogyopaniṣad
3:50 Break

4:00 Ganesh U. Thite (University of Pune): The Role of Brāhmaṇa Texts in the Development of Vedic Ritual

The conference is free and open to the public.

Department of South & Southeast Asian StudiesDharma Realm Buddhist UniversityThe Institute for South Asia StudiesTownsend Center for the HumanitiesCatherine and William L. Magistretti Chair in South and Southeast Asian StudiesIndian Council for Cultural RelationsConsulate General of India, San Francisco

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