Lecture by Ralph W. Nicholas
Presented by International House Global Voices Author Night
Ralph W. Nicholas is the William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He was President of the American Institute of Indian Studies and now is Chair of its Board of Trustees. Before his retirement he served as the Dean of the College, Deputy Provost, and Director of International House at the University of Chicago.
"... there are many other rituals that people in Kelomal think are very important; these rituals treat deities whose characters and powers are very diverse, and whose modes of worship are quite different from one another. The Bengalis often say, in uncharacteristic understatement, baro mase tero parban, 'In twelve months there are thirteen rituals.' I have taken the title of this book from that expression." -Ralph Nicholas
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.