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Mahopādhyāyamahotsava: Celebration of a Sanskrit Teacher

John Lowe

Thursday, 20 June 2019 from 09:30 to 18:00 (BST)

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Join us for a day conference in celebration of Sanskrit studies, in honour of Dr Jim Benson; with eminent speakers presenting on topics including Pāṇinian grammar, Vedic, philosophy, religion, history, poetics and culture. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

NB: If you find yourself unable to book, either due to technical difficulties or ticket unavailability (but you still wish to attend), please email Tara Heuze ( for further enquiries. You'll be put on a waiting list until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

 Draft Programme:









Dr Elisa Freschi, Austrian Academy of Sciences: 

Mīmāṃsā reasoning about conflicting statements 



Dr Nina Mirnig, Austrian Academy of Sciences:

Early Śaiva devotional practices in the Śivadharmaśāstra: on portable and perishable śivaliṅgas 



Dr James Mallinson, SOAS: 

The word haṭha in the context of haṭhayoga 



Break: tea/coffee




Professor Johannes Bronkhorst, University of Lausanne :

Does Pāṇinian grammar have history? 



Professor Stephanie Jamison, UCLA:

Misparsing in the Rig Veda and the Problem of RV I.32.12 







Dr Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh: 

The Second Phase of Prakrit Kavva: Toward Contextualising Pravarasena's Setubandha 



Dr Bihani Sarkar, Oxford: 

The Tragic Middle in Kālidāsa 



Professor Jim Laine, Macalester College: 

Sanskrit Cosmopolitanism in the Early Modern Age? 



Break: tea/coffee




Professor Gary Tubb, University of Chicago:

Pāṇini and Sanskrit Pedagogy Outside India



Dr Don Davis, University of Texas at Austin: 

Conceptions of Adultery in Sanskrit Legal Texts of Medieval India 



Dr Fabrizia Baldissera, University of Florence: 

The ArthaśāstraIl Principe of Machiavelli and Rushdie's The Enchanteress of Florence 


Closing remarks


Post-conference reception


This event is generously supported by the Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World Topics, Wolfson College, Oxford; the Academic Committee, Wolfson College, Oxford; the Max Müller Memorial Fund, the Radhakrishnan Memorial Fund, and the Research Committee of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

Do you have questions about Mahopādhyāyamahotsava: Celebration of a Sanskrit Teacher? Contact John Lowe

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Wolfson College
Linton Road
OX2 6UD Oxford
United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 June 2019 from 09:30 to 18:00 (BST)

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John Lowe

Departmental Lecturer in Indo-Iranian Philology, University of Oxford

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