[INDOLOGY] Call For Papers on H. T. Colebrooke for April 2019 conference in Paris

rrocher rrocher at sas.upenn.edu
Wed Jun 6 12:56:27 UTC 2018

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Rosane Rocher

On 6/6/18 7:50 AM, Agathe Keller via INDOLOGY wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> Please find attached a call for papers for a workshop we are 
> organising in Paris on ‘/Colebrooke and the Historiography of 
> mathematics and astral science in Sanskri/t’, on the 15^th  and 16^th 
>  of April 2019, in which Rosanne Rocher (University of Pennsylvania) 
> and Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn (CNRS) will give Keynote lectures. 
> Titles and abstracts should be sent to Agathe Keller 
> (kellera at univ-paris-diderot.fr <mailto:kellera at univ-paris-diderot.fr>) 
> before August 30^th  2018. Do not hesitate to circulate this call.
> Apologies for cross-postings.
> with all best,
> Karine Chemla et Agathe Keller
> Sphere, Université Paris Diderot and CNRS, France
> *Colebrooke and the Historiography of mathematics and astral sciences 
> in Sanskrit*
> *org by. K. Chemla, A. Keller.*
> A bit more than 200 years have elapsed since the publication of Henry 
> Thomas Colebrooke’s /Algebra, with Arithmetic and Mensuration, from 
> the Sanscrit of Brahmegupta and Bhàscara/. We will grasp this 
> opportunity to organise a two day workshop to be held in Paris on the 
> 15th and 16th of April 2019.The conference will concentrate on 
> Colebrooke’s historiography of mathematics and astral sciences, and 
> here are some of the general questions that we invite contributions to 
> this workshop to tackle:
> In which contexts did Colebrooke’s interest in the mathematics and 
> astral sciences of ancient India take shape? What was the ensuing 
> impact, in Europe and beyond, of the 1817 publication for the writing 
> of the history of mathematics not only in India, but also worldwide? 
> What can be said on how Colebrooke translated and worked with Sanskrit 
> sources dealing with mathematics and astral sciences? How can we 
> situate this work by Colebrooke in the larger context of 18th and 19th 
> century interest for “oriental mathematics and astronomy”? Does 
> Colebrooke’s early interest for mathematics and astral sciences echo 
> into his other indological studies? Or, reciprocally, does he 
> translate and study texts of history of mathematics and/or astral 
> sciences in continuity with his other indological studies?
> We are in particular interested in the various social environments 
> with which Colebrooke interacted and in which he carried out his work. 
> For example, we know that Colebrooke had close-knit relations 
> actuaries in London, linguists in Germany and Scottish enlightenment 
> mathematicians. Can we trace more specifically how some of these 
> milieux helped structure research questions in the history of 
> mathematics and astral sciences in South Asia?
> We are also interested in how Colebrooke chose to translate the 
> Sanskrit sources for which he set out to provide an English 
> translation, and also on the impact of these translations. For 
> example, one could explore why Colebrooke chose to translate some 
> Sanskrit terms, such as the topics of mathematics known under the term 
> /vyavahāras/, as “logistics”. This translation has long endured and is 
> still used sometimes today: Why did he use such a translation, where 
> did it come from, why was it retained for such a long time?

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