[INDOLOGY] Spalding Symposium 2024: provisional programme

Simon Brodbeck BrodbeckSP at cardiff.ac.uk
Mon Feb 19 12:55:33 UTC 2024

The 49th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, 19–21 April 2024
Venue: Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University
Theme: Pilgrimage in South Asia

Registration fee for delegates: £60 full fee / £30 concessionary fee

For booking details, please contact Simon Brodbeck (brodbecksp at cardiff.ac.uk<mailto:brodbecksp at cardiff.ac.uk>)

Provisional schedule:

Friday 19 April

1.50 welcome

2.00                   Keynote: Max Deeg (Cardiff University): ‘Dharmayātrā: from Regional Religious Traveling to Trans-Asian Pilgrimage’

3.00                   Daniela Bevilacqua (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon): ‘Tapobhūmi: when the Spiritual Power Saturates the Landscape’

4.00 tea
4.30                   Justin Grosnick (University of California at Berkeley): ‘Jagannath the Pilgrim: Pilgrimage as Envisioned from the Perspective of Sacred Images’
5.00                   Elizabeth A. Cecil (Florida State University): ‘Crossing Over: Tīrtha in Early Southeast Asia’

Saturday 20 April

9.00                   Keynote: Catherine Hartmann (University of Wyoming): ‘Reading Milarepa in his Footsteps: how a Tibetan Pilgrim Engages the Life of Milarepa’

10.00                 Dessi Vendova (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston): ‘Revisiting the Kāliṅgabodhi Jātaka’s Classification of Buddhist Shrines’

11.00 coffee
11.30                 Shaashi Ahlawat (University of Pennsylvania): ‘Migrants to Pilgrims: Jains in Medieval Magadha’
12.00                 Mrinalini Sil (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi): ‘Imaging Sacred Spaces, Transregional Travels and Religio-Aesthetics of Jain Mercantile Mobility in Early Modern Bengal’
12.30                 Umtul Aleem Kokab (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi): ‘Pilgrimage of the ‘Heretics’: an Ethnographic Study of Jalsa Salana, an Annual Gathering of Ahmadi Pilgrims in Qadian, India’
1.00 lunch
2.00                   Michael D. Calabria (St. Bonaventure University, New York): ‘The Path of the Penitent: the Pilgrimage to Ajmer under Shah Jahan’
3.00                   Parshati Dutta (University of York): ‘“All the Way to that Blessed and Gracious Place, the Corner of Security”: a Mughal Princess’s Pilgrimage and Matronage in the Sufi Shrine of Ajmer’
3.30                   Imran Visram (Oxford University): ‘Pilgrimage in the Didactic Teachings of the Satpanth Ismaili Pirs’

4.00 tea
4.30                   Tomoka Mushiga (University of Osaka): ‘The Development of a Hindu Sacred Site: Change from Śaiva to Vaiṣṇava Affiliation in Gayā’
5.30                   Rutika Gandhi (University of British Columbia): ‘Digital Darshan: Reimagining Pilgrimage and Divine Connection in the Age of Social Media – A Case Study of Harsiddhi Mata Temple’

Sunday 21 April

9.00                   Aneesh Raghavan (Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities): ‘Textual vs Tangible: Temples in the Kāñcīsthalamāhātmya’
10.00                 Peter C. Bisschop (Leiden University): ‘The Moving and the Immovable: the Pilgrimage Landscape of Kālañjara’
11.00 coffee
11.30                 Sowparnika Balaswaminathan (Concordia University): ‘Swamimalai Stories: Contemporary Place-Making in a Pilgrimage Town’
12.30                 Jim Mallinson (Oxford University): ‘Pilgrimage on the Margins: Hinglaj and Dhinodhar’
1.30 lunch

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