[INDOLOGY] Upcoming symposium on the Greater Magadha theory

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Apr 28 16:34:19 UTC 2021

 Greater Magadha: Evaluation and Retrospective
An online symposium to discuss the Greater Magadha hypothesis of Johannes
May 6 - 9, 2021  ·  University of Alberta (online)

In his 2007 book *Greater Magadha
Johannes Bronkhorst proposed a new theory for the historical formation of
Indian culture in the mid-first millennium BCE. The theory proposed that a
cultural and geographical area, Greater Magadha, was settled by an early
wave of Indo-European speakers.  A second wave of Indo-European speakers,
carriers of Vedic culture, subsequently encountered the Greater Magadhans
to the east and the resultant cultural meeting gave rise to the main
features known in later Indian history.  The Greater Magadha theory
addresses many deep problems about the early formation of Indian culture
that have long puzzled historians.  It has been widely accepted, but has
also given rise to serious criticism.  This symposium will bring together
some of the principal scholars who have engaged with the theory to discuss
and retrospectively evaluate the theory just over a decade after it was

This symposium is hosted by Prof. Dominik Wujastyk at the Department of
History, Classics and Religion at the University of Alberta and with the
financial support of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research

The symposium will be conducted online as a Zoom Webinar.

Full details of the symposium and registration are available at this

   - http://eventleaf.com/GreaterMagadha

Best wishes,
Dominik Wujastyk

Professor Dominik Wujastyk

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

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SSHRC research: The Suśruta Project <http://sushrutaproject.org>
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