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Twenty first International Congress of Vedanta


The Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is organizing a 4-day international seminar Twenty first International Congress of Vedanta (21Vedanta) during July 11-14, 2013. The International Congress of Vedanta, founded in 1986 by Professor S. S. Rama Rao Pappu of the Department of Philosophy at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is now located at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. For over two decades, International Congress of Vedanta has been the focal point for meeting of scholars specializing in all aspects of Indian philosophy and religion. In the past, the Congress has also celebrated the birth centennial of S. Radhakrishnan (1988), the 1200 anniversary of Sri Sankaracharya (1990), the centennial of Swami Vivekanandas sojourn to America and his participation in the World Parliament of Religions (1992), birth centennial of J. Krishnamurti (1995), and the 700 anniversary of sanjeewan samadhi of Sri Jnaneswara (1996). Previous international Vedanta Conferences were also held in JNU, New Delhi, Chennai, Rishikesh, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in India, and in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in order to facilitate better interaction between scholars in India and the West.

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The Vedanta Congress continues its tradition of brining scholars of Indic traditions from India and the West together on a platform regularly. The organizational details of the conference are handled by the Center for Indic Studies of Univ. of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Call for Papers

Conference invites papers from Interested scholars and academics in English, Hindi or Sanskrit in the following areas-

        Various schools of Vedantic philosophy (metaphysics,  

         knowledge and hermeneutics) and lifeworld

         Science And Technology In Ancient Indian Texts (SATIAIT)

         Interpretation of key texts of Indian intellectual tradition

         Digital libraries, electronic access and search for the texts of

         Vedantic tradition

         Yoga and Ayurveda

         Spirituality and science : Vedantic perspective

         Vedanta and interfaith dialogue

         Indian cosmology and psychology - Sankhya Yoga and

         Vedanta

         Vedantic pedagogy

         History, Vedanta and Indian culture

         Vedanta and varna system

         Corporate world and Vedanta

         Vedanta and public governance

         Vedanta and music

         Vedanta and consicousness studies

 

6th International Vedic Workshop 2014;

Kozhikode, Kerala

(7th 10th, January, 2014)

The International Vedic Workshop is the most prominent get-together of Indologists involved in the study of the Vedas the world over. The 6th International Vedic Workshop will be held in Kozhikode (Calicut) in the southern Indian state of Kerala in India. The previous five International Vedic Workshops were held in Harvard University, USA (in 1989, organized by Prof. Michael Witzel), Kyoto University, Japan (in 1999, organized by Prof. Y. Ikari), Leiden University, The Netherlands (in 2002, organized by Prof. J. Houben and Prof. A. Griffith), University of Texas, Austin, USA (in 2007, organized by Prof. P. Olivelle and Prof. J. Brereton), and Centre for Eurasiatic and Afroasiatic Studies (CEAS), Bucharest, Romania (in 2011, organized by Prof. J. Rotaru). These workshops have already made some major advances in Vedic studies. Also, these workshops have already pointed out and then followed up, several new avenues for Vedic research. The forthcoming workshop strictly focuses on Vedic texts and rituals, their scholarly interpretation, and their traditional performance and has only one track with no parallel sessions. The prospective audience constitutes bona fide scholars of the Vedas and Vedic traditions, traditional scholars (Vaidikas, ritualists, and also scholars of Mimamsa), practitioners of Veda, Sanskrit scholars, Veda enthusiasts, writers specialised in Veda etc. One of the main attractions of 2014 episode of the Vedic Workshop will be the physical presence of Veda chanting experts and their demonstration of Veda chanting. Also, the experts will be available for the scholars to "interview". They include the highly skilled Veda chanters from the two Kerala Schools of Rigveda, chanters from different Yajurveda schools in Kerala, and from the rare Kerala school of Saamaveda. Listening to and gaining from the practical knowledge / experience of / these experts will add value to the usual (theoretical) deliberations in the workshop.

Registration Fee

All participants, irrespective of the their membership on various committees, are requested to register by paying registration fees.

1.   Workshop registration fee for foreign delegates (including attendees and paper presenters): US$120 (this includes only lunch and two tea-snacks on each of the four days plus a booklet of the abstracts).

2.   Workshop registration fee for Indian delegates (including attendees and paper presenters): Rs. 6000 (this includes only lunch and two tea-snacks on each of the four days plus a booklet of the abstracts).

3.   Special Conference registration fee for one day (offered only to Kerala-based research scholars and other students who wish to just attend and not to present papers): Rs. 1250 (for the lunch and two tea-snacks for the day). However, all Kerala-based research scholars and students whose papers have been selected for presentation in the workshop need to necessarily register themselves by paying Rs. 6000.

Last date of registration: 7th December, 2013

Call for papers

The workshop committee calls for papers and proposals in, or related to, the following areas:

  • Vedic texts and rituals

  • Scholarly interpretation of Vedic texts

  • Traditional performance of Vedic texts.

  • Vedic traditions of Kerala: recitation, texts, commentaries, and rituals, and their applications in Srauta, Grhya, Tantra etc.

  • General Vedic traditions of other parts of India and Nepal, and recent transplants into the West

Submission Types

1. Short briefing papers:
 A short briefing paper contains a research briefing on one of the areas mentioned above. Such papers will be presented by the author in a round table discussion format at the workshop. These papers need not be extensive. Typical length is about 1500-2000 words. 

2. Research papers: Through such a paper, a research question or an argument is posed and subsequently verified / studied. Empirical work (quantitative or qualitative) is necessary. Research papers will be presented by the authors in a regular workshop session. These papers should be scholarly as well as informative. Typical length is about 5000-6000 words. All reviewed and accepted research papers will be considered for publication in the International Vedic Workshop proceedings.

3. Case Studies: Case studies are typically descriptions of a given situation of an application of Veda. Names of organizations / actors can be kept anonymous to maintain confidentiality. Case studies will be presented by the authors at the workshop. Typical length is about 5000-6000 words. All reviewed and accepted case studies will be considered for publication in the International Vedic Workshop proceedings. 

4. Student Scholar Track: Up to six papers from Ph D scholars will be selected for the Student Scholar Track. Of the six papers, one will be selected for the Student Scholar Award. The primary author must necessarily be a Ph D scholar and must be present at the workshop. The primary author must email Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar (
shrikant.bahulkar@gmail.com ) and specify that they wish their submitted paper to be considered for the Student Scholar track. All reviewed and accepted student papers will be considered for publication in the International Vedic Workshop proceedings

Paper Submission

The workshop strictly focuses on Vedas with special attention to

  • Vedic texts and rituals

  • Scholarly interpretation of Vedic texts

  • Traditional performance of Vedic texts.

  • Vedic traditions of Kerala: recitation, texts, commentaries, and rituals, and their applications in Grhya, Tantric etc.

  • General Vedic traditions of other parts of India and Nepal, and recent transplants into the West

Paper proposals that do qualify strict international scholarly standards in the focused areas are invited (see important dates below). A committee of international Vedic scholars, headed by Prof. Michael Witzel, will make the final selection of papers to be presented, totally 40+ in number.

Important dates

  • Call for papers: 10th January, 2013

  • Abstract submission opening date: 1st March, 2013

  • Abstract submission closing date: 1st September, 2013

  • Date of declaration of review results: 15th October, 2013

  • Camera ready full paper submission date: 1st November, 2013

  • Registration closing date: 7th December, 2013

  • Tentative workshop dates: 7th 10th, January, 2014

Full papers submitted after 1st November, 2013, will not be considered for inclusion in the workshop proceedings.

       
       
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