Past Events 2016-17

      • From 15 to 19 July 2017,  an Apabhramsa workshop & reading retreat was be organised by Eva De Clercq (UGhent) in Castelldefels, a small town close to Barcelona. The workshop followed in the trace of Prakrit Summer Schools organised in Rantasalmi, Finland (2007), in Würzburg, Germany (2009), and at Ghent University (2011). Offering students of Sanskrit an introduction, grammar of Middle Indic languages, reading of Jain epic and narrative literature, the retreat oallowed students and scholars from Europe and beyond a rare chance to study Apabhramsha language and its literature, in an informal atmosphere. Reading sessions were conducted by Eva De Clercq and Andrew Ollett.

      • Marie-Hélène Gorisse presented On the legitimation of religious claims : Jainism or the faith in human epistemic abilities at the 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion. , Warsaw, 18-22 June 2017
      • Marie-Hélène Gorisse presented Substance and essence in Jain philosophy’ at the Oxford Indian Philosophy symposium : Substance and essence in Indian philosophy.  Oxford, 2 June 2017
      • Heleen De Jonckheere presented an "Examination of the Buddhists in Amitagati's Dharmaparīkṣā: A Reflective Look on Jaina Criticism", at the 19th Jaina Studies Workshop ('Jainism and Buddhism'), SOAS, University of London, 18th of March 2017.

            SOAS Jaina Studies Workshop 2017

      • Tillo Detige gave a guest lecture in Marie-Hélène Gorisse's course on Jainism at SOAS, London, titled "From Bhaṭṭārakas to Ritual Knowlege" , on 21st of March 2017.
      • The Belgian Indology Day held at Ghent Univeristy on 10th of March 2017, in honour of the late Indologist Ludo Rocher and attended by his widow Rosane Rocher, featured contributions from several UGhent Jaina Studies members. Marie-Hélène Gorisse & Heleen De Jonckheere presented papers on respectively “Reaching an agreement through reasoning in inter-faith contexts: The case-study of the foundation of inference in Jainism”, and “Two Buddhists, Two Jackals, and a Flying Stupa: A Story from the Dharmaparīkṣā”Tillo Detige gave a short presentation on his ongoing doctoral research: “Early Modern Digambara Jainism in Western and Central India: Bhaṭṭārakas and more”. Samani Chaitanya Prajna, guest lecturer at the UGhent Department of Languages & Cultures at the time of the conference, also gave an overview of the research activities at the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute in Ladnun (India). See full program here.
      • Samani Chaitanya Prajna & Samani Him Prajna of the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Ladnun, India) visited the UGhent Department of Languages & Cultures from 3rd to 19th March 2017. Samani Chaitanya Prajna taught the history of Jainism in an undergraduate Hindi course, and Jain philosophy in a Sanskrit reading group for graduate students and researchers. 

            Samani Chaitanya Prajna 2017


        • Tine Vekemans participated in the conference 'Engaging Jainism with Modern Issues', organised at the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute in Ladnun from 24th to 26th February 2017. She spoke on "The Gift of Giving: Changing Practices of Charity Work and Donation in the Contemporary Jain Diaspora."

        • At the UGhent 'WoooW Science Festival', an event organised in the framework of the 'Day of Science' ('Dag van de Wetenschap'), celebrated throughout Flanders and Brussels on the 27th of November 2017, Tillo Detige took the audience on a "Quest for Jain temples and temple treasures". After introducing the historical, art-historical, and aesthetic dimensions of Jain temples, he discussed Jain rituals, argueing that the experiences and wisdom visitors take home from the temple every day represent the temples' greatest treasure.

              Kundalpur Mandir


        • Three members of the UGhent Jaina Studies group participated in a conference on "The constitution of a literary legacy and the tradition of patronage in Jainism", held at the University of Lyon III, from 15th to 17th September 2016. Eva De Clercq read a paper titled "Promoting, creating and completing Apabhramsa treasures: Bhaṭṭāraka Yaśaḥkīrti." Tillo Detige presented his research on "Manuscript Colophons & The Early Modern Digambara saṅghas of Western India." Sander Hens' contribution focused on "Historical literature at a turning point in North India’s literary culture: the unconventional poetry of Nayacandra Sūri, its influences and aftermath." The conference organisors, Christine Chojnacki and Basile Leclère, are editing a book with the proceedings, scheduled to appear in autumn 2017.
        • Marie-Helene Gorisse presented"Adaptive strategies in the Jain characterisation of authority'" at the Coffee Break Conference (Leiden, 8th-10th September 2016), in a panel on "Centre and Periphery in Indian philosophy", focusing on Jainism .