In light of the current Covid-19 situation and our spring event being cancelled we have decided to hold a short virtual Spalding Symposium this Autumn as a chance for the Spring presentees to showcase their current work. More details will be released in due course but we would like for you to save the date for 26th September 2020. In order to account for the various time zones we will keep the talks in the afternoon. The symposium will last no more than 4 hours. If you have any queries please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Please continue to watch this space for other exciting updates and news.
We are honoured to take on the co-convenorship of the Spalding Symposium of Indian Religions going forward, and very happy to have the ongoing support of Dr Brian Black.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Naomi Appleton for her expert stewardship of the Symposium as convenor and treasurer and for developing the internationally renowned status that this scholarly event has. We hope to continue the legacy of the previous convenors and organisers before us, maintain the prestige and integrity of this symposium, and continue to connect scholars and students in the UK and across the globe. In the spirit of this new convenorship, we are interested in ideas that you’d like to see in future symposiums and invite you to send these to our email address: 旋风加速器官网下载.
Dr Avni Chag and Dr Karen O’Brien-Kop
After six years at the helm, I am passing on the convenorship of the Spalding Symposium. It has been a real honour to look after the event, with the help of Brian Black and also of local hosts at the various venues. Although a cancelled event in a pandemic was not how I hoped to conclude my convenorship, I am very excited to know that the new convenors will be bringing their fresh ideas and energy to take the event forwards. These new co-convenors (also co-treasurers) are Karen O’Brien-Kop and Avni Chag, and Brian Black will continue to support them as secretary. I know that the Symposium is in very capable hands, and I look forward to continuing to attend and support the event over the coming years.
We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Symposium has been cancelled, due to uncertainty and travel restrictions in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. We hope to reassemble the programme for the 2021 Symposium and will circulate details in due course.
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You are all warmly invited to join two additional events taking place on the days before and after this year’s symposium.
On Thursday 23rd April, Prof Maria Heim will give the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies Khyentse lecture on ‘Happiness, Pleasure, and Bliss in Early Buddhism and the Upanishads’, 4-5.30pm in the Martin Hall, New College.
On Monday 27th April, Prof Oliver Freiberger will be involved in a roundtable discussion on his new book Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies (OUP, 2019), with colleagues from the School of Divinity, Edinburgh, 11-12.30 in the Martin Hall, New College.
If you would like to extend your stay in Edinburgh for this or any other reason, you can book additional nights in the symposium hotel by contacting them directly:
If you have already booked a residential place at the symposium, please tell the hotel that you are staying as part of the group booking by Naomi Appleton, University of Edinburgh. They will charge you direct for any additional nights. You can also arrange additional guests (switching to double or twin occupancy) through the same method.
With regret, this year’s symposium is cancelled. We hope to reassemble the programme for the 2021 meeting.
We are now taking bookings for the 2020 Symposium. Please follow this link to the University of Edinburgh e-pay system to register. Details you provide there will be used only for administering this event (including providing guest names to the hotel) and will not be passed to any other third parties. The full programme for the event is here.
10.30-11.30am Stuart Sarbacker (Oregon State University) – ‘Pātañjala Yoga and Buddhist Abhidharma on Extraordinary Perfections and Accomplishments: A Comparison of Pātañjalayogaśāstra 4.1 and Abhidharmakośa 7.53 on the sources of Siddhi and Ṛddhi’
Karel Werner founded this symposium in 1975, and convened it for many years before passing it into the hands of others; he returned for a special symposium in 2010 in honour of his 85th birthday. Many will remember his scholarship and collegiality, and we are all grateful that he made the effort to set up an event that remains a valued place for scholars to gather and share their work.
Call for papers: 2020 Symposium
We invite proposals for papers for the 45th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which will be held at the University of Edinburgh, on 24th-26th April 2020. The theme this year is “Comparison(s)”. Our purview includes both religions of South Asian origin wherever in the world they are being practised, and those of non South Asian origin present within South Asia. We welcome papers based upon all research methods, including textual, historical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical.
We also welcome proposals from doctoral students, who will be allocated twenty minutes for their paper and ten minutes for discussion, and offered free registration at the Symposium. PG papers need not address the symposium theme, though it is an advantage if they do so.
We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers: Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, who recently retired from Manchester University, will speak on “A Life of Comparisons”, and Prof. Oliver Freiberger of the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “Comparing Religion Within and Beyond South Asia”.
If you would like to give a presentation, please send a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) to Dr Brian Black, 旋风加速器xf5app, by the end of November 2019.
Dates for 2020 event
The 2020 Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions will be held 24th-26th April in Edinburgh, with the theme of Comparison(s).