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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Authors and Patrons: Social Contexts of Legal Texts in Ancient India

Fri, February 19, 2010 • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM • Meyerson Conference Room WCH 4.118

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Conference on ancient Indian law

FIRST SESSION: 9:00 — 10:30 AM
Chair: Joel Brereton

David Brick (Yale University)
"The Kṛtyakalpataru and the Formation of a Smṛti Canon."

Donald Davis Jr. (University of Wisconsin)

"Three Polities, Three Texts: A Punctuated History of Hindu Law in Medieval and Early Modern Kerala."

SECOND SESSION: 11:00 — 12:30 PM

Chair: Martha Selby
Ethan Kroll (Stanford University)


"Who Writes about Procedure for Fun?—Why the Vyavahārādhyāya of Vijñāneśvara's Mitākṣarā should be Considered a Legal Treatise."

Mark McClish (Ripon College)

"Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra: Establishing a Context for Patronage"

LUNCH: 12:30 — 2:00

THIRD SESSION: 2:00 — 3:30 PM

Chair: Janice Leoshko

Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University)
"Śaiva Dharmaśāstra?"

Federico Squarcini (University of Florence)
"Interests to be Traced: Privileges, Patrons, and Motives in the Economy of Dharma Discourse Production"

FOURTH SESSION: 4:00 — 5:30 PM
Chair: Cynthia Talbot

Patrick Olivelle (University of Texas at Austin)
"Patañjali and the Beginnings of Dharmaśāstra: An Alternate Social History of Early Dharmasūtra Production."

The last 45 minutes will be devoted to a general discussion of all the papers and anything else that may come to our minds.

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Sponsored by: South Asia Institute and the Department of Asian Studies


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