Past Events 2017-18

  • Permanent Traininig 'Religious Traditions of India' lecture series, March-June, Ghent, featuring three lectures on Jainism.  On 27th March, Atul Shah (University of Suffolk) holds a talk on “Jainism and Ethical Finance”. On 24th April, Himal Trikha (University of Vienna) lectures on “Divergent claims on the nature of liberation: How do medieval Jain philosophers deal with them?“. And on 15th May, Samani Pratibha Prajna (SOAS; Jain Vishva Bharati) presents “Prekṣā meditation: history and methods”. See full program and information here.
  • World Sanskrit Conference, 9-13 July 2018, Vancouver: several UGent Jaina Studies researchers will participate in the Jaina studies panel (further information TBA).
  • ECSAS conference,  24-27 July, Paris: Eva De Clercq to present a paper.
  • Eva De Clercq presented the 18th Annual Jaina Studies lecture at SOAS on 23th of March 2018. She spoke on "ainism and the Rāmāyaṇa".
  • At the International Prakrit Conference, hold at Shravana Belagola from 3rd to 6th of November 2017, Eva De Clercq presented " Transformation of the Aranyakāṇḍa in Vimalasūri’s Paümacariyam and Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu", Heleen De Jonckheere "The Darśanasāra of Devasena on the perception of the other", and Marie-Hélène Gorisse "Characterising the Self: Knowledge and liberation in the Samayasāra of Kundakunda".

Shravana Belagola

  • In the holy presence of Acharya Shri 108 Gyan Sagar Ji Maharaj, Marie-Hélène Gorisse has been awarded the Gyan appreciation fellowship during the Fifth International conference of the Gyan Sagar Science foundation, Muzzafarnagar, 14-15 October


  • 'Unseen Research: Stories about Fieldwork in India', a photo exposition put together by researchers of the UGhent Department of Languages & Cultures held at the Faculty Library Arts and Philosophy from 2nd to 20th October 2017, featured contributions dealing with research on Jainsm by Tine VekemansTillo DetigeClaire Maes, & Marie-Hélène Gorisse

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  • At the Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion, held at the KU Leuven, from 18th to 21st September 2017 on the theme 'Communicating Religion'Tillo Detige, Tine Vekemans, & Heleen De Jonckheere convened a panel titled ‘Communicating Jainism: Media & Messages’ . Three conference sessions hosted in sum ten contributions. The speakers were Steve Vose (Florida International University), Lynna Dhanani (Yale University), Marie-Hélène Gorisse (Ghent University), Whitney M. Kelting (Northeastern University), Mahima Jain (LSE), Bindi Shah (University of Southampton), & Samani Pratibha Pragya (SOAS), and the three conveners. Their contributions all focused on the practical channels of communication operated in the transmission and praxis of the Jaina traditions, and on the relation of these media to the messages conveyed. From multiple methodological perspectives, they dealt with subjects as diverse as temple websites, contemporary meditation practice, and medieval hymns. You can review the panel's book of abstracts here.

  2017 EASR Communicating Jainism Participants     

  • The Ghent University Department of Languages & Cultures hosted the 2017 edition of the International Indological Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS) on 22nd & 23rd of September 2017. The two-day workshop was organised by Sander Hens, Marie-Hélène Gorisse, Agnieszka Rostalska, and Heleen De Jonckheere, and also featured a few student papers on Jainism.  Samani Pratibha Pragya (SOAS) presented 'Blurring line of dhyāna and svādhyāya in Jayācārya’s meditation', Samani Unnata Pragya (SOAS) spoke on the 'Mechanism of Samudghāta. A cosmological cum metaphysical investigation', and Lynna Dhanani (Yale) read a paper on 'The importance of ritual technology and liberation as reflected in the hymns of the Jain scholar-monk Hemacandra'. You can review the conference's full program here.