South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2017

The South Asian Sublime: Literature, Painting, and Music Across the Centuries 2016 Conference

Saturday, April 15, 12-5pm in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

Join us for a special panel of speakers on "The South Asian Sublime: Literature, Painting, and Music Across the Centuries." This event is in honor of the retirement of Professor Rupert Snell, Director of the Hindi Urdu Flagship program. 

Presenters include:

  • Ruth Vanita, University of Montana
  • Sameera Shaikh, Vanderbilt University
  • Jack Hawley, Columbia University
  • Emilia Bachrach, High Point University

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies & the South Asia Institute

Buddhism and Place-Making in Sri Lanka 2016 Conference

Friday, April 21, 3-6pm and Saturday, April 22, 10am-3pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

Recent discussions about the notion of place-making have raised interesting questions about our understanding of the past.  This symposium proposes to consider not just the result of Buddhist place-making, but what can be revealed about processes and even agents when we attend closely to changes in various types of evidence.  What might these changes suggest about desires of self-fashioning or the promotion of certain aspects of Buddhist practice (i.e. the developing emphasis on relic veneration) and the deliberate linking to even earlier moments, and what does all this reflect about the prominence of the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka, past and present?

Outside Participants include:

  • Stephen Berkwitz (Religious Studies, Missouri State University)
  • Anne Blackburn (Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University)
  • Osmund Bopearachchi (Emeritus Director C.N.R.S., Paris,Visiting faculty at University of California, Berkeley [Spring 2017])
  • Sven Bretfield (Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies,Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Phillip Friedrich (Dept. of Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Charlie Hallisey (Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University)
  • Kellie Powell (Dept. of Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jonathan Spencer (School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)
  • Jagath Weerasinghe (Director, Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo)
Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, and Art & Art History