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International Conference "The different religions in India III.: European ideas and Indian responses" at the University of Pardubice

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On 11 and 14 October, the Castle will take place in Pardubice an international conference entitled „Rethinking RELIGION IN INDIA III“, which meets nearly 100 Czech and foreign experts in the fields of religious studies, hindologie, history and anthropology.

International Conference co-organized Department of Religious Studies Faculty of Arts University of Pardubice, Pardubice, East museum. The main organizers are the Research Centre for the Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University, India Platform Ugento, Centre for the Study of Local Cultures, Kuvempu University, India.

Overall, the conference attended by around 100 participants from Europe, India, the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia and others countries. The conference is regularly attended by several top experts, this year will come Mandair Arvind (University of Michigan, USA), Brian Pennington (Maryville College, USA), Naomi Goldenbergová (University of Ottawa, Canada), Geoffrey Oddie (University of Sydney, Australia), G. Šivarámakrišnan (India University, Bangalore), Peter Gottshalk (Wesleyan University, USA) and others.

  • "We live in a time of great changes in the global economy and politics: India and China are emerging powers 21st century. India is declared the European Union as a strategic partner in several areas of policy and management contracts are concluded crucial. But we are ready for cooperation and the growing influence of the country, which occupies one sixth of humanity? Our current knowledge and ideas and even prejudices of Indian society based on the efforts of Europeans to put their experience with a radically different culture intelligible structure ourselves. We are talking about religion, priests, castes, but really understand Indian culture? How is it possible to conduct a real dialogue with different cultures? This question is central to the conference Rethinking Religion in India III: European and Indian Representations Responses. The existing technical discussions ranged between saying that European scientists recognized oriental culture (and India) objectively, based on modern techniques of history, linguistics, anthropology, etc., and view to the west of Orientalism very critical. "* Adds to the conference program Mgr. Fárek Martin, Ph.D., head of co-organizing the Department of Religious Studies Faculty of Arts, University of Pardubice.

At the core of the conference will thus for three days at the same time leading experts debate whether it was the accumulation of knowledge about Indian culture really is a dialogue? How would such a dialogue possible when both sides really do not understand? It is not about language skills, but a fundamental difference of conceptual frameworks and worldviews, as well as ways of understanding the world. The aim of the discussions will lead to the definition of a process that would allow a real understanding and meeting „the other“.

The discussion will feed into a central round tables, whose theme will be the Indian response to European ideas: from the reform movements of the 19th century (Samádž Brahmo, Arya Samádž) through the coil resistance (Gandhi) to the current efforts of decolonization, social sciences and humanities.

Parallel sections offer a discussion of the colonial construction of Hinduism, secularism in India and Europe, the caste system of European representations of India, or Islamic mysticism in European and Indian perspectives.

The conference is prepared several workshops such as „How to teach about Indian traditions and religions II.?“, Which will build on the results of the first workshop with the same theme in New Delhi (2009). This conference is the third in the order of five planning. The first two were held in New Delhi in 2008 and 2009. The opening ceremony of the conference will begin on Tuesday 11 October at 11:00 am at the castle in Pardubice. The event is held under the auspices of prof. Ing. Miroslav Ludwig, MD., Rector of the University of Pardubice and under the auspices of the Council of Pardubice. The opening ceremony will be attended by the Rector of the University of Pardubice prof. Ludwig, Indian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Asoka, Mayor of Pardubice, MD. Fraňková, chancellors of two universities in South Indian professor. Bari and prof. Patil and prof. Vorel, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Pardubice.

More information about the international conference: Mgr. Fárek Martin, Ph.D. Head of the Department of Religious Studies Faculty of Arts phone 466 036 453, mobile 775 032 574

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