[INDOLOGY] Śakuntalā Workshop in June

Bihani Sarkar bihanisarkar at googlemail.com
Mon May 1 08:50:40 UTC 2023

Dear All,

Please see the message below from Dr. Nathan Gilbert at the Classics
Department in Durham University about a workshop on Kālidāsa's *Śakuntalā*.
It would be very nice to have scholars of early India and Kālidāsa
aficionados as audience members!
Thank you.

Bihani Sarkar MA (English First Class Hons.) MPhil. D.Phil (Sanskrit)

Lecturer in Comparative Non-Western Thought,

Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion,

Lancaster University.

Dear All,

I am pleased to announce a workshop on perhaps the most famous Indian play,
Kālidāsa’s *Śakuntalā*. This event is part of the launch of a new research
centre in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham,
CLAWS (Centre
for Language and Writing Systems - Durham University
which supports research on the languages and cultures of Antiquity, broadly
conceived. We hope that this event will be of interest to both scholars of
Sanskrit and Classicists: many of the themes explored in the workshop, e.g.
the reworking of traditional epic material, the changing depictions of
women across time and genre, and the Colonial reception of the play, are of
great interest from a comparative angle. The papers will be followed by a
response from a specialist in Greek drama, who will reflect on the themes
of the conference as well as the possibilities for comparative scholarship
and the value for expanding what we mean when we talk about ‘Classics’ to
include key examples from the early Indian literary canons.

The workshop will be held over two half-days (June 29th-30th) in the Ritson
Room of the Department of Classics and Ancient History (38 North Bailey,
DH1 3EU), with an option for online participation. The schedule is as

June 29th:

13:30-14:05--coffee and mingling


14:15-15:15--Session 1: Dr. Brian Black (Lancaster), ‘Śakuntalā before
Kālidāsa: Tales of Truthful Mothers in the Upaniṣads, Jātakas, and


15:30-16:30--Session 2: Dr. Bihani Sarkar (Lancaster), 'Consciousness, Love
and the Tragic Middle in the *Śakuntalā*'

18:30: dinner (some space will be available beyond presenters, please
contact me in advance if you’d like to attend)

June 30th:

11:00-11:30--coffee and mingling

11:30-12:30--Session 3: Dr. Maddalena Italia (UCL): “The Modernity of
*Śakuntalā*: from Goethe's 'young year's blossoms' to Tollywood movie


14:00-15:00--Session 4: response by Dr. Lucy Jackson (Durham), followed by
general questions and discussion

If you’d like to participate remotely, please register here to receive the
zoom links:

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions!



Dr. Nathan Gilbert

Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History

Director of Student Welfare (Classics)

Deputy Director of Liberal Arts

Co-Director of the Centre for Languages and Writings Systems
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