The Department of History, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, is organising an 'International Conference on The Asiatick Society, Indology and Indologists During late 18th and 19th Centuries (ASII)'.
The conference will include the study of the history of the ancient and medieval world, Philosophy, modern geography of Hindustan, Arithmetics and Geometry, and mixed sciences of Asiaticks, Medicine, Chemistry, Surgery and Anatomy of the Indians, natural products of India, poetry, rhetoric and morality of Asia, music of the Eastern countries, the best accounts of Tibet, agriculture and commerce of India, the laws of the Hindus and Muslims etc. Even before Jones (founder of Asiatic Society), there were some European scholars in India, but the novelty with Jones was that while others were thinking in terms of individual study and research, Jones was the first to think in terms of a permanent organisation for oriental studies and researches on a grand scale in this country to foster collaborative international scientific and humanistic projects that would be unhindered by social, ethnic, religious and political barriers. The issues taken up Jones, his team of scholars like Colebrooke and others, need to be explored and debated in greater details.
Topics to be covered:
- Asiatic Society in Relation with History- Historical studies, Archeology, Epigraphy, Art, Museums/ Archives etc.
- Asiatic Society and Sanskrit Studies- Collection and Translation of Classical Texts/ Scriptures/ laws with the help of traditional Sanskrit scholars, the Pundits, into English and other European languages and its impact.
- Buddhism and Asiatic Society- Search for Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist Religious and Philosophical Texts and their Translations.
Call for papers:
Scholars are requested to submit original research papers related to the main theme of the conference i.e. 'The Asiatick Society, Indology and Indologists During late 18th and 19th Centuries'.
Conference Dates: 21-23 February, 2014