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विभागस्य नामधेयम् // Section Nameसंयोजकाः – Convenorsशोधपत्राणि - Papers
1. वेदः // VedaS. Bahulkar, J. JurewiczPublished 3;
Forthcoming: 2
2. भाषाशास्त्रम् // LinguisticsM. Deshpande, J. HoubenPublished: 2
3. व्याकरणम् // VyākaraṇaM. Kulkarni, P. ScharfForthcoming: 6
4. रामायणं महाभारतं च // EpicsR. Goldman, J. HegartyPublished: 3;
Forthcoming: 1
5. पुराणानि // PurāṇasR. Balkaran, M. Taylor.Published: 5 (Peer-reviewed volume)
6. तंत्रविमर्शः // Tantra StudiesD. Acharya, M. Slouber, J. TörzsökForthcoming: 4
7. विध्यनुष्ठानविमर्शः // Ritual StudiesM. Geslani, L. MillsForthcoming: 1
8. काव्यमलङ्कारश्च // Poetry, Drama and AestheticsL. Bansat-Boudon, D. Cuneo, E. Ganser, C. Rajendran
9. वैज्ञानिकं वाङ्मयम् // Scientific LiteratureB. Mak, Do. Wujastyk
10. बौद्धविद्या // Buddhist StudiesS. Baums, L. Deokar, M Deokar, J. Neelis
11 जैनविद्या // Jaina StudiesN. Balbir, E. de Clerq
12. वैष्णवमतं शैवमतं च // Vaiṣṇavism and ŚaivismD. Buchta, E. Fisher, A. Rao
13. धर्मविमर्शः // Religious StudiesC. Austin, T. Smith
14. दर्शनानि, तत्त्वशास्त्रम् // PhilosophyK. Harimoto, L. McCrea
15. इतिहासः कलाः स्थापत्यमभिलेखशास्त्रं च // History, Art & Architecture, EpigraphyA. Griffiths, A. Slaczka
16. संस्कृतं प्रदेशभाषाश्च // Sanskrit & Regional Languages, (& SE Asia)A. Acri, W. Cox
17. संस्कृतशिक्षाशास्त्रम् // Sanskrit PedagogyS. DasForthcoming: 3
18. आधुनिकं संस्कृतसाहित्यम् // Modern Sanskrit WritingsH.D. Sharma, D. PatelForthcoming: 1
19. संस्कृतं विज्ञानतान्त्रिकी च // Computational Sanskrit &
Digital Humanities
G. Huet, A. KulkarniPublished: 14 (Pre-published volume, released July 2018)
20. हस्तलेखविज्ञानम् // ManuscriptologyN. Kulkarni, S. Rath
21. धर्मशास्त्रमर्थशास्त्रं च // Law and SocietyD. Davis, T. Lubin
22. योगायुर्वेदौ // Yoga and ĀyurvedaP. Maas, Da. WujastykForthcoming: 2
23. & 24. संस्कृतं पञ्जाबप्रदेशश्च / संस्कृतं पारसीवाङ्मयं च // Sanskrit and the Pañjāb / Sanskrit and Indo-Persian CultureA. Sathaye, L. Obrock

Section 1.  वेदः // Veda

Convenors: Shrikant Bahulkar and Joanna Jurewicz.

A Non-Śrauta Ritual in the Oldest Yajurveda Text: Maitrāyaṇī Saṃhitā IV 2 (Gonāmika Chapter)
Kyoko Amano

"Who Has Found Speech Having Entered into the Seers?" On ṚV 10.71.3 and the Origin of Speech
Frank Köhler

Smell or Incense in Vedic Ritual
Chisei Ōshima

Technical Types of Waters in Vedic Ritual
Mugdha Gadgil


Similes and Metaphors in the Agnihotra of Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa
Mau Das Gupta


Section 2. भाषाशास्त्रम् // Linguistics

Convenors: Madhav Deshpande and Jan Houben.

Scope of Early Sanskrit Usage: A Wider Approach.
Madhav Deshpande

“How to Translate a Gerund? The “Gerund/absolutive” in Epic-Puranic and Classical Sanskrit Literature.”
Renate Söhnen-Thieme

Section 3. व्याकरणम् // Vyākaraṇa
Convenors: Malhar Kulkarni, Hideyo Ogawa, and Peter Scharf.

Section 4. रामायणं महाभारतं च // Epics

Convenors: Robert Goldman and James Hegarty.

Krauñca Bird of the Rāmāyaṇa: Its Identification From Sanskrit and Tamil Sources
Nagamanickam Ganesan


Ambā’s Speech to Bhīṣma (MBh 1.96.48-49)
Roberto Morales-Harley

Bhīṣma, an (Un)reliable Narrator
Zuzana Špicová

Book 4 of the Mahābhārata and the Omphale-Heracles Story: Methodological Questions
Fernando Wulff Alonso


Section 5. पुराणानि // Purāṇas

Convenors: Raj Balkaran and McComas Taylor.

Published as a single, peer-reviewed, edited volume, Purāṇa Studies: The Proceedings of the Purāṇa Section of the 17th World Sanskrit Conference, edited by Raj Balkaran and McComas Taylor.

DOI: 10.14288/1.0379613
Published July 2019. PDF, 1.9mb, 101 pages. Peer reviewed.

Table of Contents:

  • Raj Balkaran and McComas Taylor. "Preface" (v-vi).
  • Les Morgan. "Structural Analysis of the Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma as Found in the Gaṇeśa Purāṇa" (1-26).
  • Mrunal S. Patki. "Tying of Maṇis in the Viṣṇudharmottara Purāṇa" (27-36).
  • Madhavi Narsalay. "The ‘Sthala’ Analysis of the Karavīra Māhātmya" (37-46).
  • Sucharita Adluri. "Who Is the Viṣṇu of the Viṣṇu Purāṇa?" (47-78).
  • Christopher R Austin. "Kṛṣṇa’s Son Pradyumna as Kāma and Māyin in the ʻKārṣṇaʼ Purāṇas" (79-95).
Section 19. संस्कृतं विज्ञानतान्त्रिकी च // Computational Sanskrit & Digital Humanities

Convenors: Gérard Huet, Amba Kulkarni.

Published and as a printed, peer-reviewed and edited volume by DK Publishers: Computational Sanskrit & Digital Humanities: Selected Papers Presented at the 17th World Sanskrit Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 9-13 July 2018, edited by Gérard Huet and Amba Kulkarni. New Delhi: DK Publishers, 2018. ISBN: 9789387212107.

From the preface:
This volume contains edited versions of papers accepted for presentation at the 17th World Sanskrit Conference in July 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. A special track of the conference was reserved for the topic “Computational Sanskrit & Digital Humanities,” with the intent to cover not only recent advances in each of the now mature fields of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics and Sanskrit Digital Libraries, but to encourage cooperative efforts between scholars of the two communities, and prepare the emergence of grammatically informed digital Sanskrit corpus. Due to its rather technical nature, the contributions were not judged on mere abstracts, but on submitted full papers reviewed by a Program Committee.

Table of Contents: (PDF, 78kb, 16 pages)

  • Samir Sohoni and Malhar A. Kulkarni. "A Functional Core for the Computational Aṣṭādhyāyī" (1-30).
  • Sarada Susarla, Tilak M. Rao and Sai Susarla. "PAIAS: Pāṇini Aṣṭādhyāyī Interpreter As a Service" (31-58).
  • Sanjeev Panchal and Amba Kulkarni. "Yogyatā As an Absence of Non-congruity" (59-82).
  • Amrith Krishna, Bodhisattwa Prasad Majumder, Anil Kumar Boga, and Pawan Goyal. "An ‘Ekalavya’ Approach to Learning Context Free Grammar Rules for Sanskrit Using Adaptor Grammar" (83-112).
  • Shreevatsa Rajagopalan. "A User-friendly Tool for Metrical Analysis of Sanskrit Verse" (113-142).
  • Devaraja Adiga, Rohit Saluja, Vaibhav Agrawal,Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Parag Chaudhuri, K. Ramasubramanian and Malhar Kulkarni. "Improving the Learnability of Classifiers for Sanskrit OCR Corrections" (143-162).
  • Nikhil Caturvedi and Rahul Garg. "A Tool for Transliteration of Bilingual Texts Involving Sanskrit" (163-180).
  • Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan. "Modeling the Phonology of Consonant Duplication and Allied Changes in the Recitation of Tamil Taittirīyaka-s" (181-216).
  • Brendan Gillon. "Word Complementation in Classical Sanskrit" (217-228).
  • Peter M. Scharf. "TEITagger: Raising the Standard for Digital Texts to Facilitate Interchange with Linguistic Software" (229-258).
  • Gérard Huet and Idir Lankri. "Preliminary Design of a Sanskrit Corpus Manager" (259-276).
  • Tanuja P. Ajotikar, Anuja P. Ajotikar, and Peter M. Scharf. "Enriching the digital edition of the Kāśikāvr̥tti by adding variants from the Nyāsa and Padamañjarī" (277-294).
  • Timothy Bellefleur. "From the Web to the Desktop: IIIF-Pack, A Document Format for Manuscripts Using Linked Data Standards" (295-310).
  • Jayashree Aanand Gajjam, Diptesh Kanojia and Malhar Kulkarni. "New Vistas to Study Bhartṛhari: Cognitive NLP" (311-).