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
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)
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.