How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.
This is a 3-day conference held by the UChicago Divinity School.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 4:30pm to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:30pm
Lecture by Ellen Ambrosone, PhD Candidate, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Malayalis began to produce grammars as part of bhāṣāpariṣkāraṃ, or the modernization of Malayalam. Two of these grammars, Kēraḷa Kaumudi (1878) by Kovunni Nedungadi [Kōvunni Neṭuṅṅāṭi] and the Kēraḷapāṇinīyaṃ (1896) by A. R. Rajaraja Varma [E. Ār. Rājarājavarmma], grapple with how to engage with the European grammatical models produced in the first part of the nineteenth century. In this presentation I argue that their perspectives on the history of the language and their critical engagement with the grammarians that came before them occasioned a refashioning of linguistic epistemes by the end of the nineteenth century. Formerly studied and taught through the grammatical lenses of Tamil and Sanskrit, it is only when polyglot Malayali grammarians engaged with European models of grammatical analysis that Malayāḷabhāṣa came into its own.
Lecture by A. P. Anbuselvam, Dalit Resource Centre, Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary & Madras Institute of Development Studies
The Dalit student bodies in college campuses bring to focus the conflict of Dalit identity with other political identities such as the Indian, Dravidian and Tamil as well as the Dalit perspective on the oppressive caste structure and the need for its elimination. A look at these is essential to understand the increasing violence in campuses and towns, whether it is about political assertiveness or marriage across caste.
Long-term meditative retreat—for one year, three years, or ten, in a cloister or a cave, sometimes sealed—has been a defining feature of Tibet’s Buddhism for the past millennium. This presentation lays out some new ways of understanding this phenomenon, drawing on The Holy Madmen of Tibet (Oxford 2015), The Life of the Madman of Ü (2016), and on some preliminary research for a new anthropological and historical study of meditation.
The so-called Nāyaka period, roughly the mid-16th through the 18th centuries, is, according to Noboru Karshima, “something akin to a black hole in south Indian history.” This period immediately preceding the rise of colonial power, and after the fall of Vijayanagara, is of interest because it is the period that that witnesses major transformations in literature, architecture, merchant activity, the organization of maṭhas, the expression of royal power, and religious practices. An interdisciplinary workshop that brings together diverse perspectives and expertise will provide the context for rethinking this vital period. In so doing, we begin to reimagine the place of early modern South India not only in Indian history, but in global early modern studies.
Keynote Address by Crispin Branfoot (4:30pm, Cochrane-Woods 157). Please see attached for a full schedule of the workshop.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 16, 2016 (All day)
Thursday, April 14, Cochrane-Woods 157; Friday, April 15 & Saturday April 16, Classics 110