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Workshop 2: Cultural Traditions and Local Knowledge in South and South-East Asia
Date: October 17, 2020 1:00-5:30pm (Beijing time)
Venue: Online with Peking University
Due to the COVID-19, our research group organized two online workshops instead of normal lecture series: one for group members to share their textual work up-to-date, the other for an extended group of scholars to exchange ideas beyond the Indian traditions. Both sessions were mainly convened by Prof. Zhou Liqun, which turned out to be highly appreciated by every participant. Therefore, we plan to continue with more in the coming new year.
The second workshop was co-sponsored by the School of Asian Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University. Dean of the school Prof. Su Yingying and Dr. Wang Lina from the Center gave opening remarks. Four members of the research group, and five other invited scholars, generously presented their latest research. The first panel “Idea, Text, and Ritual in the Pluralist Context” consists of three papers on the spirit cults in Laos (Dr. Su Shitian), pañcakośa in the Taittirīya Upaniṣad (Dr. Dang Suping), and a newly discovered text translated by An Shigao (Dr. Li Can). In the second panel, “Gods and Saints in South and South Asian Traditions”, another three topics were discussed: Hindu gods in Burmese religions (Dr. Zhong Xaioxin), religious life among Chinese merchants in Northern Thailand (Dr. Ma Xiaoxiao), and the heliacal rising of the star Agastya (Dr. Lü Peng). The last panel “Cultural Heritage and Identity: A Trans-regional Perspective” saw three more presentations, on the Borobudor motifs in Indonesian Medan temples (Dr. Zhou Kaiyuan), Sanskrit and Old-Javanese poetics (Dr. Qu Yang), and the grammar of Indian classical music (Dr. Zhao You). The meeting was closed by Prof. Zhou Liqun with some prospects on further research and academic events.
北京外国语大学 李 灿“关于安世高译经新发现的初步报告”
上海交通大学 吕 鹏“印度老人星Agastya的偕日升计算方法”
哈佛大学 曲 洋“从克什米尔到爪哇：梵文-古爪哇文的诗学演变“”
北京大学 赵 悠“印度古典音乐的语法”
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