SI – 1: Schedule

Dates: July 6th, 7th ,8th  2016
Address: Venue: IIT Madras
IC&SR,  Near Gajendra Circle, Opposite to Admin Building, Indian Institute Of Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036.
1st Swadeshi Indology Conference – Critiquing Neo-Orientalism
Day 1 6-Jul-16 7:00-8:30 Breakfast
Session 1 (9:00 AM – 10:45 AM) 8:55-9:00 Call to assemble, announcements etc MC
9:00-9:30 Inauguration Lighting lamp, Invocation, inviting speakers on stage, presentation of gifts
9:30-10:00 Welcome speech Prof. Kannan
10:00-10:45 Keynote address Shri. Rajiv Malhotra
10:45-10:55 Tea Break
10:55-11:00 Call to assemble, announcements etc
Session 2 (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM) 11:00-11:45 Inaugural lecture Prof. V N Jha
11:45-12:00 Vote of thanks Prof. Devendra Jalihal
12:00-12:15 Buffer and Announcements (if reqd)
12:15-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:00 Buffer and time for settling in
1:55-2:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Session 3 on the position that Sanskrit is dead (2:00 PM – 3:45 PM) Paper Name Chair: Shri. Rajiv Malhotra
2:00-2:30 1 Pollock’s paper on the Death of Sanskrit Manogna Sastry
2:30-3:00 2 Sanskrit: The Phoenix Phenomenon Kannan and Meera
3:00-3:30 3 Essentially Unchanged – Orientalist and Post-Colonial Basis of Indology Ravi Joshi (via skype)
3:30-3:45 Chair closing comments
3.45-3:55 Tea break
3:55-4:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Session 4 on the topic of his positions on Shastra (4:00 PM – 5:45 PM) Paper Name Chair: Prof. Ramanujan
4:00-4:30 4 Pollock’s views on Indological Sastras Sundari Siddhartha
4:30-5:00 5 Sastra: an impediment to progress Rajath V
5:00-5:30 6 The Science and Nescience of Sastra Sudarshan Therani
5:30-5:45 Chair closing comments
5:45 End of day
Day 2 7-Jul-16 7.00-8:30 Breakfast
Session 5 on the topic of his positions on Shastra (9:00 AM – 10:45 AM) 8:55-9:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Paper Name Chair: Prof. V N Jha
9:00-9:30 7 Did Indian Intellectual tradition hold that all knowledge of practice is contained in Sastras? A Critique of Pollock’s 1985 Sastras Paper Surya K (via skype)
9:30-10:00 8 Sheldon Pollock on Sastra Vrinda Acharya
10:00-10:30 9 Understanding structure of arguments and errors in Sheldon Pollock’s Śāstra paper(1985) Vikas Veshishth
10:30-10:45 Chair closing comments
10.45-10:55 Tea break
10:55-11:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Session 6 on the topic that Ramayana was used as a political tool (11:00 AM – 12:45 PM) Paper Name Chair: Shri. Nityananda Misra
11:00-11:30 10 Ramayana Volume 2: Introduction to Ayodhyakanda-Sheldon Pollock Manjushree Hegde
11:30-12:00 11 Sanskriti in Context: Critiquing Pollock’s out of context reading of the Ramayana Charu Uppal
12:00-12.30 12 Sense Philology T M Narendran
12:30-12:45 Chair closing comments
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:00 Buffer time for settling in
1:55-2:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Session 7 on the position that Sanskrit was responsible for the holocaust (2:00 PM – 3:45 PM) Paper Name Chair: Prof. Makarand Paranjape
2:00-2:30 13 A Purvapaksha of Deep Orientalism Ashay Naik
2:30-3:00 14 Indology and Nazi ideology K Gopinath
3:00-3:30 15 Sheldon Pollock’s idea of a Nazi Indology Koenraad Elst
3:30-3:45 Chair closing comments
3:45-3:55 Tea break
3:55-4:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Session 8 on some Indic viewpoints that can used to refute Pollock’s positions (4:00 PM – 5:15 PM) Paper Name Chair: Prof. K S Kannan
4:00-4:30 16 From Hitler to Hinduphobia: On Sheldon Pollock’s View of Hinduism as an Early Variant of Nazism Vishal Agarwal (via skype)
4:30-5:00 17 On Pollockism Sati Shankar
5:00-5:15 Chair closing comments
5:15-6:30 Panel discussion from IIT on Sanskrit-Tamil synergies Dr. Sudha Seshayyan, Dr. M.A Venkatakrishnan, Embar R. Kasturi
6:30-7:00 Free
7:00-9:00 Dinner
Day 3 8-Jul-16 7:00-8:30 Breakfast
Session 9 on some Indic viewpoints that can be used to refute Pollock’s positions (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM) 8:55-9:00 Bringing to order, calling chair and introduction of chair for session, laying out of rules for participants etc MC
Paper Name Chair: Dr. Koenraad Elst
9:00-9:30 18 Sanskrit is dead, and that’s ok Naresh Cuntoor (via skype)
9:30-10:00 19 ‘South Asian Knowledge’, Modern Science and Pollockian Indology Ravi Gomatam (via skype)
10:00-10:15 Closing comments
10:15-10:25 Tea break
10:25-10:30 Bringing to order, calling panelists onto dais etc
Session 10 (10:30 AM – 12:45 PM) 10:30-11:55 Panel discussion on MCLI Dignitaries
11:55-12:00 Buffer, settling down
12:00-1:00 Valedictory address Paranjape
1:00-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:00 Buffer time for settling in
1:55-2:00 Calling to order, announcement of forthcoming program etc MC
Session 11 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 2:00-2:45 Feedback from participants MC with help from volunteer
2.45-3:30 Feedback from invited scholars who are potential participants for next conf ~ 6 scholars
3:30-3:40 Tea break
3:40-3:45 Settling down MC
Session 12 (3:45 PM – 6:00 PM) 3:45-4:15 RM’s remarks on papers Rajiv Malhotra
4:15-5:30 SI: Retrospect and Prospect Discussion
5:30-6:00 Press meet

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