Image Credit: British Library [Henry A. Oldfield, 1852]

The 17th World Sanskrit Conference will feature a full schedule of five days of scholarly papers, plenary speakers, keynotes, special panels, and workshops, in addition to numerous evening events open to the general public (For more information about these, please see HERE).

We have invited more than 600 of the foremost Sanskrit scholars from around the world to present their research findings on a wide array of topics within the discipline of Sanskrit studies. These presentations have been organized into 24 distinct Conference Sections ranging from the Vedas to Computational Sanskrit and the Digital Humanities. A full listing of the Sections and their Convenors, who are responsible for the academic quality and orderliness of each section, are listed below.

The scholarly presentations will be delivered in concurrent panels, and will be 20 minutes in length, with a 10-minute discussion/changeover, and will be delivered in Sanskrit, or in English or French, the national languages of Canada.  

NOTE to presenters: Classroom facilities at UBC are equipped with built-in data projectors with PC computers, as well as HDMI & VGA ports that you may use for your presentation. Participants will have access to free Guest WiFi on the UBC Campus throughout the duration of the conference. 

 विभागस्य नामधेयम्Section Nameसंयोजकाः – Convenors
1.वेदःVedaShrikant Bahulkar, Joanna Jurewicz
2.भाषाशास्त्रम्LinguisticsMadhav Deshpande, Jan Houben
3.व्याकरणम् VyākaraṇaMalhar Kulkarni, Hideyo Ogawa, Peter Scharf
4.रामायणं महाभारतं च EpicsRobert Goldman, James Hegarty
5.पुराणानिPurāṇasRaj Balkaran, McComas Taylor
6.तंत्रविमर्शःTantra StudiesDiwakar Acharya, Michael Slouber, Judit Törzsök
7.विध्यनुष्ठानविमर्शःRitual StudiesMarko Geslani, Libbie Mills
8.काव्यमलङ्कारश्चPoetry, Drama and AestheticsLyne Bansat-Boudon, Daniele Cuneo, Elisa Ganser, C. Rajendran
9.वैज्ञानिकं वाङ्मयम् Scientific LiteratureBill Mak, Dominik Wujastyk
10.बौद्धविद्याBuddhist StudiesStefan Baums, Mahesh & Lata Deokar, Jason Neelis
11.जैनविद्याJaina StudiesNalini Balbir, Eva de Clerq
12.वैष्णवमतं शैवमतं चVaiṣṇavism and ŚaivismDavid Buchta, Elaine Fisher, Ajay Rao
13.धर्मविमर्शःReligious StudiesChristopher Austin, Travis Smith
14.दर्शनानि, तत्त्वशास्त्रम्PhilosophyKengo Harimoto, Lawrence McCrea
15.इतिहासः कलाः स्थापत्यमभिलेखशास्त्रं चHistory, Art & Architecture, EpigraphyArlo Griffiths, Anna Slaczka
16.संस्कृतं प्रदेशभाषाश्चSanskrit & Regional Languages,
(& Southeast Asia)
Andrea Acri, Whitney Cox
17.संस्कृतशिक्षाशास्त्रम्Sanskrit PedagogySadananda Das, Guy Leavitt
18.आधुनिकं संस्कृतसाहित्यम्Modern Sanskrit WritingsHari Dutt Sharma, Deven Patel
19.संस्कृतं विज्ञानतान्त्रिकी चComputational Sanskrit &
Digital Humanities
Gérard Huet, Amba Kulkarni
20.हस्तलेखविज्ञानम्ManuscriptologyNirmala Kulkarni, Saraju Rath
21.धर्मशास्त्रमर्थशास्त्रं चLaw and SocietyDonald Davis, Timothy Lubin
22.योगायुर्वेदौYoga and ĀyurvedaPhilipp Maas, Dagmar Wujastyk
23.संस्कृतं पञ्जाबप्रदेशश्चSanskrit and the PañjabAdheesh Sathaye
24.संस्कृतं पारसीवाङ्मयं चSanskrit and Indo-Persian CultureLuther Obrock


Image credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art [1st Gen. after Nainsukh, 1780]


We are especially pleased to announce three eminent international Sanskrit scholars who will inaugurate WSC 2018 as plenary speakers. Each has had a long and distinguished career of scholarship, erudition, and service to the international study of Sanskrit, and will help us establish a firm academic foundation for the conference.


We have arranged for several notable Sanskrit scholars  to deliver keynote lectures at the World Sanskrit Conference. Precise details of lectures, timings, and venues are forthcoming. 


Image Credit: Christie's [Nainsukh, c. 1745]

WSC2018 Special Panels

During the lead-up to the 17th World Sanskrit Conference, we held a call for SPECIAL PANELS on specific themes, topics, and issues of a pathbreaking or interdisciplinary nature. We are delighted to announce that the following special panels have been approved for inclusion into the WSC2018 Academic Programme. Further details and background information on each panel will be announced in the coming months!

  • Ādikāvyāni: Regional Kāvya Rāmāyaṇas in Early Medieval South and Southeast AsiaJesse Ross Knutson (University of Hawaii), Robert Goldman (UC Berkeley), Sally Sutherland-Goldman (UC Berkeley), Thomas Hunter (UBC, Vancouver)
  • After the Critical Edition: What Next For Mahābhārata Studies?Vishva Adluri (Hunter College), Joydeep Bagchee (LMU, Munich), Jahnavi Bidnur (Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute)
  • Binding Liberation: A Roundtable around the idea of Liberation in Sanskrit CultureHarunaga Isaacson (Universität Hamburg), Daniele Cuneo (Leiden University) , Kengo Harimoto (Mahidol University, Thailand), Kei Kataoka (Kyushu University), Alex Watson (Ashoka University), Yuko Yokochi (Kyoto University)
  • Introducing Bhāgavata Purāṇa Commentaries: Vaiṣṇava and Advaita Perspectives on the Opening Verse from the 13th to 19th Centuries Arun Brahmbhatt (Kenyon College); David Buchta (Brown University); Jonathan Edelmann (University of Florida); Tomohiro Manabe (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science); Kiyokazu Okita (Sophia University)
  • Key Debates about Theology and Society in later Viśiṣṭādvaita-Vedānta and Madhva VedāntaAjay Rao (Toronto), Marcus Schmücker (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), Valerie Stoker (Wright State University), Michael Williams (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
  • Literary Commentaries and the Intellectual Life of South Asia Andrey Klebanov (Kyoto University), Chiara Livio (La Sapienza, Rome), Csaba Desző (Eötvös Loránd University), Brocquet Sylvain (Université d’Aix-Marseille), Daniele Cuneo (University of Leiden), Elisa Ganser (University of Zurich), Margi Madhu Chakyar (Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady)
  • Mīmāṃsā Beyond the Yāgaśālā Andrew Ollett (Harvard), Patrick Cummins (Cornell), Manasicha Akepiyapornchai (Cornell), Lawrence McCrea (Cornell)
  • Research on the Gārgīyajyotiṣa - Composition and Transmission Bill Mak (Kyoto University, Japan), Kenneth Zysk (Copenhagen University), Marko Geslani (Emory University), Koji Kumagai (Int’l. College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Japan)
  • Śaiva Philosophy Lyne Reine Bansat-Boudon (Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris), Isabelle Ratié (Paris III, Paris), John Nemec (Virginia), Raffaele Torella (La Sapienza, Rome), Gavin Flood (Oxford, NUS Singapore), Alex Watson (Ashoka University, India), Bettina Baumer (Abhinavagupta Research Center, Benares)
  • Sanskrit and Tamil Maṇipravāḷa - CANCELLED Suganya Anandakichenin (Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient), Erin McCann (University of Hamburg), Marcus Schmücker (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
  • Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts: Texts, Techniques, and Traditions Charles DiSimone (LMU, Munich), Kazunobu Matsuda (Bukkyo University, Japan), Gergely Hidas (British Museum), David V. Fiordalis (Linfield College), Jinkyoung Choi (LMU, Munich), Kazuo Kano (Komazawa University, Japan), Jowita Kramer (LMU, Munich)
  • The History and Education of the Female in the Ancient Sanskrit Literature: A Feminist Deconstructive Study Debasree Sadhu, Arghadip Paul, Ashis Biswas (West Bengal State Univ.)
  • The Vedas Out Loud: New Approaches to Vedic Recitation Finnian Gerety (Yale), Michael Witzel (Harvard), Thennilapuram Mahadevan (Howard University), Cezary Galewicz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
  • The Viṣṇu- and Śivadharma: Early Medieval Lay Religion in a Socio-religious and Historical Perspective Florinda De Simini (University L’Orientale, Naples), Yuko Yokochi (Kyoto University), Marion Rastelli (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Tim Lubin (Washington & Lee University), Nirajan Kafle (Leiden University), Peter Bisschop (University of Leiden), Nina Mirnig (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
  • The Yuktidīpikā Forging a Place for Sāṅkhya in Indian Intellectual History Hyoung Seok Ham (Kyushu University, Japan), Edeltraud Harzer (University of Texas, Austin), Ołena Łucyszyna (University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz, Poland), Noemie Verdon (Nalanda University, India)
  • vāg evedaṃ sarvam Caley Smith (Harvard), Lauren Bausch (Dharma Realm Buddhist Univ.), Stephanie Majcher (Univ. of Sydney, Australia), Steven Lindquist (Southern Methodist Univ.)
  • Vedānta’s Polyglot Lives: Querying Vedānta in the Vernacular, 1650-1900 Jonathan Peterson (Toronto), Puninder Singh (Michigan), Michael Allen (Virginia), Anand Venkatkrishnan (Harvard)


As we anticipate between 500-1000 attendees from more than 30 countries around the world, we welcome publishers, vendors, and non-profit organizations to exhibit their catalogues and solicit new publications at the 17th World Sanskrit Conference.  We will have dedicated areas for exhibition located close to the chai/coffee break areas, and will further offer key opportunities for sales and brand placement at evening public events. Key details are given below:

Exhibition Dates and Times:

  • Days of Exhibition: Monday, July 9 - Friday July, 13, 2018; 8AM - 6PM
  • Assembly: Monday, July 9, 2018, 8AM - 6PM
  • Disassembly: Friday, July 13, 2018 by 6PM.


  • Table booking cost: $200CAD
  • Deadline: May 9, 2018
  • Conference registration is not included in booking costs; for access to panels, special events, and chai/coffee breaks, exhibitors will also need to register in the conference. Other add-ons (meal plans, excursions, etc.) must also be separately purchased through the Registration Portal.
  • Assistance will be provided by conference volunteers for initial assembly and final disassembly of booths, but not for daily disassembly/reassembly.
  • Exhibitors will be responsible for any duties or taxes incurred during shipping or sales, and will be invoiced accordingly by the 17th WSC.

To book an exhibitor's booth at WSC2018, please contact the WSC Secretariat directly at [email protected] before the deadline of May 9, 2018.

Software Expo and Demo Sessions

As part of SECTION 19, संस्कृतं विज्ञानतान्त्रिकी च (Computational Sanskrit & the Digital Humanities), we are especially excited to announce that WSC2018 will offer two kinds of hands-on Software Demonstrations/Workshops  that will showcase cutting-edge tools for COMPUTATIONAL SANSKRIT as well as for practical applications in the SANSKRIT DIGITAL HUMANITIES (text editing, display, data analysis, etc.). We anticipate that these two sessions will take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and precise details will be communicated in the future.

Additionally, we are planning to facilitate software expo/support tables within the exhibitor's area, where software developers may offer/market their products.

If you wish to present in these demo sessions or in the software expo, please contact the WSC Secretariat directly at [email protected] before the deadline of May 9, 2018.