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Symposium on Indian Influences on Contemporary Western Culture

by Dr. Frank Gaetano Morales

Posted April 11, 2004


Conference on India's Intellectual Traditions in the Contemporary Global Context

July 9 - 11, 2004

University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus (Rockville, MD)
Washington, D.C., USA

A Symposium on Indian Influences on Contemporary Western Culture

Call for Paper Abstracts

The long-standing influence of Indian culture and Hindu spiritual thought on modern Western civilization has been both myriad and of great significance. Beginning as early as Emerson's open acknowledgment of the Bhagavad Gita's deep influence on his thought in the Nineteenth Century, and continuing to the current keen interest in Indian culture today, America and the West continue to be deeply influenced by Indian and Hindu culture. Currently, there are 15 million Americans practicing the Hindu spiritual discipline of Yoga. An even larger number practice a wide variety of Hindu and Buddhist inspired forms of meditation. Serene images of Hindu gods and goddesses are found today gracing tee-shirts, bags and popular artwork in American apartments. Such Sanskrit terms as "mantra", "pundit" and "guru" have entered mainstream American language.

In this symposium, we will explore the history, dynamics, meaning, impact and future implications of Indian cultural and spiritual influence on American cultural development. We invite scholars to submit presentation proposals examining this inter-cultural phenomenon from a variety of perspectives: historical, philosophical, religious, literary, social, etc.

Only serious academic presentations dealing directly with the subject matter outlined above will be considered for this symposium.

Abstracts of papers (in about 200 words each), containing title of the paper, and name, address, phone, and e-mail of the author, may be submitted to the Moderator:

Dr. Frank Gaetano Morales, Ph.D.
American Institute for Yoga Studies
(608) 280-8375

Deadline: May 31, 2004

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