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Please find below the Programme of this year's 20 Annual Jaina Lecture and of the 22nd SOAS Jaina Studies Workshop on (Non) Violence.

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The 20th Annual Jaina Lecture

From the Telling of Stories to the Teaching of Jain Doctrine: Religious Discourses in long Medieval Narratives

Professor Christine Chojnacki (University of Lyon)

Date: 20 March 2020Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 20 March 2020Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre  

22nd Jaina Studies Workshop: 

(Non) Violence

Date: 21 March 2020Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 21 March 2020Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

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9:00amTea and Coffee
First Session: Violence and Non-Violence
9:15amPeter Flügel (SOAS)
The Non-Violence of Non-Violence
9:45amBrianne Donaldson (University of California, Irvine, USA)
The Hunter, the Bow, and the Arrow: Intentional Harm in the Early Jain Canon
10:15amSamaṇī Pratibhā Prajñā (Jain Vishva Bharati Institute/SOAS)
Ahiṁsā Praśikṣaṇa: A Socio-Religious Initiative
10:45amTea and Coffee
Second Session: Imagined (Non-) Violence
11:15amPatrick Krüger (University of Bochum, Germany)
The Visualizing of Torture and Pain: Depictions of Violence in Jaina Art
11:45amHimal Trikha (University of Vienna, Austria)
84 Lakh Yonis: The Jaina Doctrine of 8.4 Million Embodiments
12:15pmJulie Alyssa Hanlon (University of Chicago, USA)
(Non) Violence in Stone and Clay: A Consideration of Jain Lithic Inscriptions, Relief Images, and Ceramic Vessels
12:45pmPrakrit Jnanabharati International Award
1:00pmGroup Photo
Third Session: Statehood and (Non-) Violence
2:15pmOlle Qvarnström (The University of Lund, Sweden)
Jain Adaptation to Muslim Rule during the Delhi Sultanate
2:45pmTillo Detige (Gent, Belgium)
Rhetoric of Violence, Violent Rhetoric: The Sultanate and Mughal Era Flourishing of Digambara Jainism
3:15pmJean Arzoumanov (Sorbonne III, Paris, France)
Conflicting Descriptions of Jaina Monks in Indo-Persian Sources: Between Nonviolence, Magic and Snake Charming
3:45pmTea and Coffee
Fourth Session: Jaina Narratives of Violence and Non-Violence
4:15pmSteven Vose (Florida International University)
What To Do About All This Killing? Locating Jain Tantra in Medieval Indian Political and Social Life
4:45pmBasile Leclère (University of Lyon, France)
Teachings on Violence in Jain Prabandhas: The Tragic Death of King Ajayapāla
5:15pmSimon Winant (University of Gent, Belgium)
Justifying Violence & Redistributing Blame: The Implications of Devaprabhasūri’s Narrative Choices in the Pāṇḍavacarita
5:45pmRichard Fynes (SOAS)
Violence and Humour in Hemacandra
6:15pmFinal Remarks

Sponsored by:


Dr Peter Flügel
Chair, Centre of Jaina Studies
Professor of the Study of Religions and Philosophies
Department of History, Religions and Philosophies
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
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