Communicating Jainism: Media and Messages at the European Association for the Study of Religion Conference 2017

Posted: 29.05.2018
By Heleen De Jonckheere
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London This year's meeting of the European Association for the Study of Religion Conference (EASR), held at the Catholic University of Leuven from 18-21 September 2017, hosted as many as eleven international scholars to discuss topics on Jainism. Since the Conference centred around the communication of religion, Tillo Detige, Tine Vekemans and Heleen De...

Manuscript Collections of the Western and Central Indian Bhaṭṭārakas

Posted: 02.05.2017
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Bhaṭṭāraka lineages proliferated throughout Western and Central India especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and continued to flourish and multiply in the 17th to 18th centuries. Though by the 19th century they seem to have lost much of their influence, most lineages were discontinued only in 20th century. The age of the manuscripts in the...

The Constitution of a Literary Legacy and the Tradition of Patronage in Jainism

Posted: 28.04.2017
By Prof. Dr. Natalia Zheleznova
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The international workshop The Constitution of a Literary Legacy and the Tradition of Patronage in Jainism, organized by Christine Chojnacki and Basile Leclère, and hosted by Jean Moulin (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Institute of Philosophical Research), was held on 14-17 September 2016. The first day of the workshop was opened by H...

CoJS Newsletter 12 ►Letter from the Chair

Posted: 14.04.2017
By Dr. Peter Flügel
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Dear Friends, The present volume of the Newsletter is dedicated to the appreciation of the important contributions of Professors Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Bansidhar Bhatt, Klaus Bruhn, and Madhusudan A. Dhaky. With the sad demise in 2016 of these four towering men of letters, Jaina Studies has suffered an irreplaceable loss of scholarship at its...

Worshipping Bhaṭṭārakas

Posted: 25.11.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London For most of the second millennium CE, Bhaṭṭārakas, or clothed, sedentary renunciants, were at the helm of the Digambara monastic lineages, surrounded by celibate brahmacārīs and lay paṇḍitas or pāṇḍes. Far less regular in this period are references to naked, peripatetic monks (muni) and nuns (āryikā). Bhaṭṭārakas were...

Exploring Jaina Narrative Literature in Würzburg, Germany

Posted: 10.10.2016
By Dr. Anna Aurelia Esposito
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The Seventh International Würzburg Colloquium “Perspectives of Indian Studies”- Exploring Jain Narrative Literature , organized by Anna Aurelia Esposito and financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was held from 30 August to 1 September 2013 in Würzburg, Germany. Scholars from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, India and...

Dharma in Jainism: Workshop at Manipal University

Posted: 12.05.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London Calendared auspiciously in the days leading up to the pūrṇimā of the month of Māgha, full moon day of 2-3 February 2015, a two-day workshop on Jainism took place at the Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) at Manipal University in Karnataka, India. It was organised by Professors Sundar Sarukkai and Meera Baindur, both of Manipal...

Jaina Hagiography and Biography: SOAS Jaina Studies Workshop 2014

Posted: 10.05.2016
By Kristi L. Wiley
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London he 16th Jaina Studies Workshop, hosted by the SOAS Centre for Jaina Studies, was held 21 March 2014. It coincided with the ten-year anniversary of the Centre's founding. The theme was Jaina Hagiography and Biography. On the evening prior to the workshop, Dr Saryu Doshi, formerly Honorary Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai,...

Jain Modernities, Jain Meditation and Jain Minority Politics Jain Studies at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 2015

Posted: 30.04.2016
By Dr. Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London The contributions with a focus on Jainism at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in Atlanta on November 21-25, 2015 were framed in different academic fields, ranging from Indology to Religious Studies to Cultural Anthropology. Presentations related to Jain Studies were spread over the entire four days of the AAR conference,...

Papers on Jainism at the ICEMLNI

Posted: 29.04.2016
By Tillo Detige
Centre of Jaina Studies Newsletter: SOAS - University of London From 15 to 19 July 2015, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland hosted the 12th International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India (ICEMLNI). The conference was organised by Maya Burger and Nadia Cattoni on their spacious and green campus close to the shores of the idyllic Lac Léman. The triennial ICEMLNI intends to bring...