South Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago
Feburary 26, 2005

Location: Classics Hall
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


8:30 a.m. Welcome & Coffee
Keynote Address
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Tom Trautmann, Marshall Sahlins Professor of Anthropology and History, University of Michigan: The Case Against Ancient Indian History
Criticism Panel
Discussant: Professor Farina Mir, The University of Michigan
 10:15 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Bali Sahota, The University of Chicago:  Notes on Identity and Authority in Readings of Iqbal
Spencer Leonard, The University of Chicago: British Indian Antiquarianism and the Limitations of the Saidian Framework
Ben Baer, Columbia Univeristy:  Peasant Machine:  Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay and the Uncanny
Lunch:  12:00-12:50
Islam Panel
Discussant: Professor Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto
1:00 p.m. - 2: 45 p.m. Manan Ahmed, The University of Chicago:  Orientalism in the Local:  Writing the History of Sindh from the Colonial to the Qaumi
Ovamir Anjum, The University of Wisconsin, Madison:  Tradition and Modernity in the Interpretation of Islam
Rajeev Kinra, The University of Chicago:  Meet the New Orientalism:  Same as the Old Orientalism?
Coffee Break:  2:45 - 3:15
  Indology Panel
Discussant:  Professor Sheldon Pollock, The University of Chicago
 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. Jesse Knutson, The University of Chicago:  The Birth of the Anthology and the Social Life of Sanskrit Kavya
Ethan Kroll, The University of Chicago:  The Failure of Analogy:  Why Dharmashastra is not "just like" Other Systems of Law . . .
Travis Smith, Columbia University:  A Philologist's Fieldnotes, or, Theoretical Issues in the Study of the Varanasi Sthalapuranas
Retire to the Pub after 5

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