Global Renaissance: Indic Contributions
Schedule and Confirmed Participants
Dates: Weds, July 24
Mon, July 29, 2002. Weds and Mon are check-in and check-out dates. Thurs,
Fri, Sat, and Sun are full-day meeting days.
Each person has 30 minutes
to present and lead a discussion. Roundtable style each participant
gets to hear each other.
section divisions and topics below are preliminary, suggestive, and subject
to change. Participants should not feel constrained by any particular theme
or category but should rather know that they are encouraged to contribute
in whatever way they feel they can best address the overall spirit of the
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Day 1- Society Today
(A) Indic Intellectual
Challenges to Western Modernism / Postmodernism
Here we will explore the
dissimilarities or discontinuities, seeking to highlight possible contributions
that Indic theories might make to the global discourse, implicitly (or
explicitly) challenging the chauvinistic and modernistic notions that
contemporary Western critical social sciences necessarily produce superior
analyses of and models for contemporary society.
- Bob Thurman
Global Renaissance: Introduction and Overview
- Rajiv Malhotra
ABSTRACT and PAPER
(rev. 7/24/02): "The Case for Indic Traditions in
- Makarand Paranjape
and PAPER: "The Third Eye and Two Ways of (Un)knowing: Gnosis,
Alternative Modernities, and Postcolonial Futures."
- Arvind Sharma
and PAPER: "An Indic Contribution Towards an Understanding
of the Word 'Religion' and the Concept of Religious Freedom."
(B) Reconstruction and Applicability
of Indic Social Sciences
Here we focus on challenging
the pervasive stereotype of Indic social unconsciousness with concrete examples
and critical analysis. We collect critiques of the commonly held view that
critical, structural analysis of society is a uniquely Western invention,
discover to what extent indigenous Indian social thinkers have been engaged
in this type of analysis, and present Indic social scientific theories which
suggest similarities or continuities with contemporary types of critical
ABSTRACT and PAPER:
"India: Rewriting History in the Headlines."
- Tara Sethia ABSTRACT
and PAPER (rev. 7/24/02): "Representation of Jainism
and Buddhism in Indian History Textbooks."
and PAPER (rev. 9/10/02): "Countering World Negation: The
World Affirming and Integrative Dimension of Classical Yoga."
- Ashok Aklujkar
ABSTRACT: " 'If India
doesn't have it, too bad; if India has it, so much the worse': the tale
of social theory in Indian tradition."
Laurie Patton ABSTRACT
and PAPER (new 8/22/02): "Samvada as
a Literary and Philosophical Genre: An Overlooked Model for Public Debate
and Conflict Resolution."
Day 2 History
(A) Fighting the Wrong: Challenging
the Common Misportrayals of Indian History and Society
- TS Rukmani NEW
ABSTRACT and NEW PAPER: "Dynamics of Being and Becoming
in Hindu Thought: A Hermeneutic Exercise."
- Christian Wedemeyer
ABSTRACT: "Historiography of 'Them'
and Historiography of 'Us': India, Narrative Archetypes, and the Very Idea
of a 'Global Renaissance'"
- Richard King ABSTRACT
and PAPER: "Cartographies of the Imagination: The Discourse
of 'Religion' and the Mapping of Indic Traditions After Colonialism."
- David Gray ABSTRACT
and PAPER: "Blinded By The Light Of 'World History' Re-Centering
India In The Mandala Of Eurasian Civilizations."
- Bob Thurman Integration
of Hindu/ Buddhist/Jain/Sikh traditions.
(B) Presenting the Right:
Indian Contributions that are Seldom Acknowledged
- Roddam Narasimha
ABSTRACT and PAPER: "Some thoughts on the
Indian half of the Needham question."
- Kapil Kapoor ABSTRACT
and PAPER: "Loss, Recovery and Renewal of Texts in India's Tradition."
- Cleo Kearns ABSTRACT
and PAPER: "Indic Traditions, American Literature and the Third
Point of View."
- D. P. Agrawal
ABSTRACT and PAPER: "An Indocentric
Corrective to History of Science."
Tubb can not attend) Indic influence on European linguistics, literature,
Day 3 Indic Outer Knowledge
Logic, Language, Philosophy
the West through: comparative analyses, historical influence flows, and future
cross-fertilization possibilities. Not to present an “expose” of the Indic
theory in isolation by itself.
and PAPER (rev. 8/1/02): "Tradition
and Argumentation: Tensions Among Some Early Thinkers and their Backgrounds."
Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande
Issues of Perceptions and Parameters" A critique of present
interpretations of Hinduism in texts and in the media.
and PAPER: "Genuine vs. Apparent Knowledge
and Justification." (NOTE: Stephen Phillips can
not attend for medical reasons. His paper will be read at the colloquium by
Applications of Indigenous Knowledge to Society Today
- Madhu Kishwar TOPIC:
"Language is the Gateway to Culture and Tradition."
and PAPER: "Influence
of Gandhian Nonviolence on the U.S. and African-American Civil Rights Movement
1905-1968 (pictorial argument)."
- Susantha Goonatilake
Shifts to Asia: The Indic Possibilities."
- Rita Sherma ABSTRACT
and PAPER (new 7/24/02): "Power and Potentiality:
The Reclamation of Hindu Theology for A Contemporary Ethical and Ecological
- Roy Perrett ABSTRACT:
"Locating Indian Ethics."
- Ashok Gangadean
ABSTRACT: "The Potential of
Meditative Thinking for the 21st Century."
N. Pandey ABSTRACT
and PAPER (posted here for peer-review; Dr. Pandey
can not attend): "Indigenous
Day 4 - Inner Science
epistemology, psychology and mind science, spirituality, meditation, yoga,
and other models for and techniques of personal transformation.
- Bob Thurman Indo-Tibetan
Inner Sciences Overview and Importance.
- Sunthar Visuvalingam
an Integral Appreciation of Abhinava's aesthetics of Rasa."
Loizzo ABSTRACT and PAPER:
"Candrakirti and the Buddhist
Mind Sciences: A Tradition-Neutral Research Program."
Sovatsky ABSTRACT and PAPER
a Psychology of Impermanence: The Five Ashrama Social Body of Sanaatana
Dharma, and the Kundalini Yoga Developmental Body."
Menon ABSTRACT and PAPER:
and Epistemologies: Instances from Indian philosophy (darsana sastra),
Indian psychology (moksa sastra) and Indian dramaturgy (natya
sastra) in the context of recent discussions on 'consciousness'."
"Bridging the Disciplines: Integrative Buddhist
Monastic Education in Classical India."
Wallace ABSTRACT and PAPER:
"Why the West Has No Science of Consciousness: A Buddhist View."
- Ram-Prasad Chakravarthi
PAPER: "Self and Self-knowledge: Indic
perspectives on the challenge of consciousness studies to the good and right
Conclusion: Strategies to Better Utilize Indic Contributions to the Global
This concluding discussion session (about an hour), lead by Rajiv Malhotra
and Bob Thurman, deals in a broad summary way with the central concern of
the Colloquium: To pinpoint misperceptions of the Indic in Society
Today, especially as perpetuated through discourse and structures within the
Academy, and to suggest ways to redress these distortions as well as to present
potentially positive but overlooked Indic contributions. This includes both
presenting empirical data that refute the current misperceptions, as well
as theoretical analysis of such meta-level issues as the current structure
of the Academy (its disciplinary and departmental divisions, curricula, and
so forth), suggestions for its restructuring, and strategies for overcoming
the structural, procedural, or attitudinal obstacles to better incorporation
of non-Western and traditionally time-tested arts and sciences. It will also
raise pedagogical and methodological issues regarding emic and etic approaches
to Indic studies, the (re)integration of Hindu and Buddhist histories, and
so forth. We hope to discuss the types of paradigm shifts that might be necessary
across a wide variety of fields, and the types of ideal agenda for systematic
investigation, publication, and dialogue over the coming decade, in order
to involve mainstream academia in the process of completing, rather than resisting,
the coming global renaissance.
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