SOAS University of London

Centre of Jaina Studies

16th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jaina Hagiography and Biography

Statue of "Cāritracakravartī" Ācārya Śāntisāgara "Dakṣiṇa

Date: 21 March 2014Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 21 March 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

The full day workshop follows on from the lecture by Dr Saryu Doshi (Mumbai) which is held on Thursday, 20 March.

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16th Jaina Studies Workshop: Jaina Hagiography and Biography

 9.00Tea and Coffee
First Session: Early Jaina Hagiography and Biography 
9.15Samaṇī Pratibhāprajñā (SOAS) Autobiographical and Biographical Accounts of Ācārya Tulasī
9.45Renate Söhnen-Thieme (SOAS) Ṛṣabha and Bharata in Hindu Purāṇas
10.15Ruth Satinsky (University of Lausanne) What the Lifespans of Ṛṣabha, Bharata, Śreyāṃsa, and Ara can tell us about the History of the Concept of Mount Meru
10.45Tea and Coffee
Second Session: Medieval and Early Modern Jaina Hagiography and Biography
11.15Eva De Clerq (University of Ghent, Belgium) Biographies of Ṛṣabha and the Rise of Śatruñjaya
11.45Anna Esposito (University of Würzburg, Germany) Why Narrating the Same Biography Twice? Tiviṭṭhu, Ayala and Āsaggīva in Saṅghadāsa’s Vasudevahiṇḍī
12.15Steve M. Vose (Florida International University, USA) A Kharatara Gaccha Monk in the Tapā Gaccha Imaginaire:  Tapā Gaccha Re-tellings of the Life of Jinaprabhasūri
12.45Group Photo
13.00Lunch: Brunei Gallery Suite
Third Session: Narrating Lives
14.00Sin Fujinaga (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan) On Muni Jambūvijaya
14.30Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg (University of Tübingen, Germany) Rāmacandrasūri (1897-1992): A Life Between Consistent Asceticism and Political Controversies
15.00Whitney M. Kelting (Northeastern University, USA) Great Nun as Mother: Hagiography and the Biography of Divyaprabhāsrījī
15.30Tea and Coffee
Fourth Session: Analytical Perspectives
16.00Luitgard Soni (Innsbruck) Lifes' Ends: Jaina Modes of Dying in Ārādhanā Texts
16.30Tillo Detige (University of Ghent, Belgium) Singing the Praises of the Bhaṭṭārakas: Digambara Hagiographic Compositions from Rājasthān
17.00Peter Flügel & Kornelius Krümpelmann (SOAS) Johannes Klatt’s Jaina Onomasticon
Brief Break 
Fifth Session: Final Discussion & Remarks
17.45-18.00 Final Discussion & Remarks

Free and open to all.

Organiser: Centre of Jaina Studies, Centres & Programmes Office

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4893/2

Sponsor: SOAS, University of Lund