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SOAS celebrates 10 years of Centre of Jaina Studies

19 March 2014

Two major events focusing on Jaina studies at SOAS, University of London will mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre of Jaina Studies (COJS) this week.

The two-day celebration will start with Dr Saryu Doshi, formerly Honorary Director of National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, on Thursday 20 March, delivering the 14th Annual Jaina Lecture on 'The Lives of the Tīrthaṅkaras in Illustrated Jaina Manuscripts'.

This will be followed by the 16th international Annual Jaina Studies Workshop, exploring Jaina hagiography and biography, examining early, early modern and medieval hagiography and biography, narrating lives and analytical perspectives on Friday 21 March.

Chair of the Centre of Jaina Studies Dr Peter Flügel said: “This Centre of Jaina Studies at SOAS was officially inaugurated in 2004. We are delighted that Dr Saryu Doshi from Mumbai has accepted our invitation to deliver the Annual Jaina Lecture at our 10 year anniversary. The Centre was established on the strength of an AHRC research grant on Jaina Law and the Jaina Community in India and Britain. It has since attracted further major research grants by the British Academy, AHRB, and, currently, the Leverhulme Trust. It is publishing two book series in Jaina Studies and a major research journal in the field.”

The events will take place in the Brunei Building are free to attend and no booking is required.

Statue of "Cāritracakravartī" Ācārya Śāntisāgara "Dakṣiṇa"

Statue of "Cāritracakravartī" Ācārya Śāntisāgara "Dakṣiṇa" (1872-1955), "Digambara Jaina Siddhakṣetra" Kunthalagirī, P.Flügel 2012

Read the Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies Vol. 9 (2014)

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