Special Panel Sessions

The WSC 2018 Academic Advisory Board has approved the following special panel sessions for inclusion into the conference. We thank the panel organizers for a particularly strong batch of proposals, and look forward to their thought-provoking discussions. A number of additional special sessions in French, English, and Sanskrit are still being planned, and will be announced in future communications.

PANEL TITLEPARTICIPANTS
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)
Binding Liberation: A Roundtable around the idea of Liberation in Sanskrit CultureHarunaga Isaacson (Universität Hamburg), Daniele Cuneo (Leiden University) , Kengo Harimoto (Mahidol University, Thailand), Alex Watson (Ashoka University), Yuko Yokochi (Kyoto University), Kei Kataoka (Kyushu University)
Literary Commentaries and the Intellectual Life of South AsiaAndrey Klebanov (Kyoto University), Chiara Livio (La Sapienza, Rome), Csaba Desző (Eötvös Loránd University), Brocquet Sylvain (Université d’Aix-Marseille), Daniele Cuneo (Leiden University), Elisa Ganser (University of Zurich), Margi Madhu Chakyar, (Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady)
Mīmāṃsā Beyond the YāgaśālāAndrew Ollett (Harvard University), Patrick Cummins (Cornell University), Manasicha Akepiyapornchai (Cornell University), Lawrence McCrea (Cornell University)
Research on the Gārgīyajyotiṣa – Composition and TransmissionBill Mak (Kyoto University, Japan), Kenneth Zysk (Copenhagen University), Marko Geslani (Emory University), Koji Kumagai (Int’l. College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Japan)
Śaiva PhilosophyLyne Bansat-Boudon (Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris), Isabelle Ratié (Paris III, Paris), John Nemec (Univ. of Virginia), Raffaele Torella (La Sapienza, Rome), Gavin Flood (Oxford, NUS Singapore), Alex Watson (Ashoka Univ., India), Bettina Baumer (Abhinavagupta Research Center, Benares)
Sanskrit and Tamil MaṇipravāḷaSuganya Anandakichenin (Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient), Erin McCann (University of Hamburg), Giovanni Ciotti (University of Hamburg), Marcus Schmücker (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts: Texts, Techniques, and TraditionsCharles DiSimone (LMU, Munich), Kazunobu Matsuda (Bukkyo University, Japan), Gergely Hidas (The British Museum), David V. Fiordalis (Linfield College), Jinkyoung Choi (LMU, Munich), Kazuo Kano (Komazawa University, Japan), Jowita Kramer (LMU, Munich) , Youngjin Lee (Geumgang University, Korea)
The History and Education of the Female in the Ancient Sanskrit Literature: A Feminist Deconstructive StudyDebasree Sadhu, Arghadip Paul, Ashis Biswas (West Bengal State University)
The Vedas Out Loud: New Approaches to Vedic RecitationFinnian Gerety (Yale Univ.), Michael Witzel (Harvard Univ.), Thennilapuram Mahadevan (Howard University), Cezary Galewicz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
The Viṣṇu- and Śivadharma: Early Medieval Lay Religion in a Socio- religious and Historical PerspectiveFlorinda 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 HistoryHyoung Seok Ham (Kyushu University, Japan), Edeltraud Harzer (University of Texas, Austin), Ołena Łucyszyna (University of Humanities and Economics, Lodz, Poland), Noemie Verdon (Nalanda University, India)
vāg evedaṃ sarvamCaley Smith (Harvard Univ.), 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, 1650-1900Jonathan Peterson (Univ. of Toronto), Puninder Singh (Univ. of Michigan), Michael Allen (Univ. of Virginia), Eric Steinschneider (Univ. of Arizona)