OCHS Lectures and Seminars
Posted May 7, 2004
Trinity Term (April - June 2004)
Is There a Hindu Monotheism?
Prof Francis X. Clooney SJ
In light of Biblical and Christian reflection on monotheism (week I), an inquiry, by way of four examples (weeks 2-6), into the nature of Hindu belief in one supreme divinity, asking whether such belief can be termed "monotheistic." No background in Hindu studies required.
Refining the Question: Biblical and Christian Monotheism, Hindu Traditions, and the Problem of a Comparative Study of Monotheism
The Case for Krsna and Siva as the One True God: Early Resources in the Bhagavad-gita and Svetasvatara Upanisad
Narayana Alone, in Medieval Tamil Vaisnavism: Tiruvaymoli 4.10 and Vedanta Desika's Srimat Rahasyatrayasara c. 6
Is the Goddess a Monotheist? Reflection on Three Goddess Hymns and the Devi Gita
In Dialogue with the West: Rammohun Roy and 19th Century Hindu Monotheisms
Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm, commencing 27th April
Campion Hall, Brewer St., St Aldates.
The Distinguished Majewski Lecture
What do we learn from the Iconography of the Goddess
Dr Sanjukta Gupta, Oriental Institute
Week 4, Wednesday 19th May, at 5pm
Oriental Institute. Lecture Room One. All are welcome
Also please note:
In conjunction with Dr. Clooney's lectures on, "Is there a Hindu monotheism?" (Tuesdays, 4PM, Campion Hall, weeks 1-6 excepting Week 3) the following seminars will be held:
May 13th, 2 PM:
Christopher Melchert (Arabic and Islam, Oriental Institute), "Islamic Monotheism and Islamic Piety: in Conversation with Hindu Perspectives," Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 15 Magdalen Street
May 18, 2 PM:
Madhavi Nevader (OCHJS & Oriel College): "A Jewish Understanding of Monotheism in the Hebrew Bible: in Conversation with Hindu Perspectives," Campion Hall
May 27th, 2PM:
George Pattison (Lady Margaret Professor, Theology): "A Christian Understanding of Monotheism: in Conversation with Hindu Perspectives," Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 15 Magdalen Street
Prof. S. Ramaratnam
Vivekananda College, Chennai & OCHS Shivdasani Visiting Fellow
Prof. Ramaratnam will read Sanskrit with interested students at the Intermediate Level. Times and texts are subject to arrangement. Please contact the Centre if interested. Enquiries: e-mail: email@example.com tel: 01865-304300
Thursdays, 2pm, OCHS Library, 15 Madgalen St,
First Week (April 29th)
S. Ramaratnam, Vivekananda College, (Chennai) and Shivdasani Visiting Fellow "Funerals and Life after Death: Some Hindu Perspectives"
Second Week (May 6th)
Nick Allen, Social Anthropology, Oriental Institute "The importance of Bhishma for Indo-European cultural comparativism"
Third Week (May 13th)
Christopher Melchert, Arabic and Islam, Oriental Institute "Islamic Monotheism and Islamic Piety: in Conversation with Hindu Perspectives"
Forth Week (May 20th)
S. Ramaratnam and Francis Clooney (OCHS Academic Director) "A Conversation on Western and Indian Perspectives on Reading a Hindu Text: the case of the Bhagavad Gita."
Fifth Week (May 27th)
George Pattison (Lady Margaret Professor, Theology) "A Christian Understanding of Monotheism: in Conversation with Hindu Perspectives"
Sixth Week (June 3rd)
Jessica Frazier (Cambridge University, D.Phil. Cand.) "Continental Philosophy and Hindu Devotion: towards a metaphysics of passion."
Special History Seminar
Co-Sponsored by the South Asia Sub-Faculty (History) and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
Indian Texts in Historical Context: Problems and Possibilities
- "Textual History and Social Reality in the Manavadharmasastra"
Patrick Olivelle (Asian Studies, University of Texas)
- "Pandits and Sanskrit Grammarians in 16th and 17th Century North India"
James Benson (Sanskrit, Oriental Faculty)
- "Rethinking Niti texts in medieval and early modern South India"
Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Indian History, Oriental Faculty)
- "Community, Text, and Context in Vedanta Desika's 14th Century
Francis Clooney SJ (OCHS Academic Director, Theology Faculty)
- "A'zam al-karamat: Making 'Muslim' Saints in Early Twentieth Century
Nile Green (Lady Margaret Hall)
Friday, 7th May, 10am - 4pm, St Antony's College
Fin de Siecle Seminar Series
Two South Indian Hindu Comparativists: J. M Nallaswamy Pillai (Saiva) & Algonda Govindacharya (Vaisnava)
Francis X Clooney SJ, OCHS Academic Director
Thursday, May 6th, 5pm
Florey Room, Wolfson College
Convenor: Carol Peaker, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Science and Religion Seminar
"Cultural Myths, Biological Forms and Subjective Qualities: Western and Hindu Views on the Philosophy of Biology."
Dr Brian Goodwin
Professor of Biology at the Schumacher College, Milton Keynes, UK
Wednesday, May 26th, 5pm
OCHS, Magdalen Street.
Convenor: Jonathan Edelmann
The Centre welcomes suggestions for other lectures and seminar topics. Contact the Academic Director at email@example.com or 304 300.