SOAS University of London

Centre of Jaina Studies

21st Jaina Studies Workshop: Jainism and Money


Date: 23 March 2019Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 23 March 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop


9.00     Tea and Coffee

First Session: Monks and Merchants

9.15     Johannes Bronkhorst (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Two Uses of Anekāntavāda

9.45     Christine Chojnacki (University of Lyon, France)

A Successful Investment: Jain Merchants and the Transmission of Long Medieval Narratives

10.15   Aleksandra Restifo (University of Oxford)

Disentangling Poetry from Profit in Jain Monks’ Literary Works

10.45 Tea & Coffee

Second Session: Jaina-Philanthropy

11.15  Basile Leclère (University of Lyon, France)

The Gold of Gods: Stories of Temple Financing from Jain Prabandhas

11.45   Bindi Shah (University of Southampton)

Enacting Contemporary Jain Religiosity through Philanthropy in the Diaspora

12.15   Christopher Chapple (Loyola University, Los Angeles)

Jain Philanthropic Support of Higher Education in North America

12.45   Group Photo

13.00   Lunch: Brunei Gallery Suite

Third Session: Money and Karma

14.00   Whitney Kelting (Eastern University, Boston)

Money, Piety, and Masculinity in Jain Maharashtra

14.30   William G. Clarence-Smith (SOAS)

Jainism and the Pearling Economy, 19th and 20th Centuries

15.00   Peter Flügel (SOAS)

Selling and Buying: Karmic Fruits of Transactions

15.30   Tea & Coffee

Fourth Session: Money, Wealth, Ethics

16.00   Roundtable Discussion (Chair: Sam Whimster, Metropolitan University, Max Weber Studies)

Abay Firodia (Forcemotors, Pune), Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai (House of Lords, London), Michael Mainelli (Chairman Z/Yen, London), Andrew McMurtrie (Chairman of the City of London Corporation Investment Committee and of the Financial Investment Board), & Others

Fifth Session: Jaina Economics

17.00   Atul Shah (Suffolk Business School, Colchester)

Jain Business Ethics - A Holistic and Organic Economy Theory

17.30   Roundtable Discussion (Chair: Marcus Banks, University of Oxford)

Miten Shah (Managing Director of Diampex, Antwerp), Sagar K. Shah (Economist), & Others 

18.30   Final Remarks


If you would like to attend the event please register. Online registration

Organiser: Dr Peter Flügel

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Sponsor: JivDaya Foundation