Gandhara Connections Events
The 5th Gandhara Connections Lecture: Vidya Dehejia
For this 5th and final annual lecture of the Gandhara Connections project, we are delighted to host the distinguished scholar of ancient art, Vidya Dehejia (Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University). Professor Dehejia will put Gandharan imagery into the broader context of ancient Indian art in her lecture entitled 'Visual Narratives at Early Buddhist Sites'.
The lecture will be held online via the Crowdcast platform, at 2pm BST on Friday 20th May 2022. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions after the lecture.
For details and registration see our Crowdcast pages.
[Photo: The Times of India]
Gandharan Art in its Buddhist Context: international workshop. 佛教语境中的犍陀罗艺术：国际工作坊
We are pleased to announce that our fifth and final Gandhara Connections workshop will tackle the theme of Gandharan Art in its Buddhist Context – a fundamentally important topic for understanding this material. Owing to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic we shall be holding the workshop online using Zoom and Spatial Chat, on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March 2022. A programme will be released soon. The timings will accommodate live viewers in as many time-zones as possible. We aim to provide simultaneous translation into Mandarin Chinese. The recording of the workshop will also be available online, and open access proceedings will be published in March 2023.
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本次工作坊将在佛教语境中探讨犍陀罗艺术的主题——这是理解这种材料的一个根本重要的主题。由于大流行的持续挑战，我们将在 2022 年 3 月 21 日星期一至 23 日星期三使用 Zoom 在线举办研讨会。计划将很快发布。时间安排将容纳尽可能多的时区的现场观众。这将是我们第一次提供普通话现场口译的工作坊。
[Photo: copyright Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford]
Digital Gandharan Texts: a special seminar by Mark Allon and Ian McCrabb
Join us on Zoom at 09:00 GMT on Tuesday 8th March 2022 for a special seminar by Prof Mark Allon and Ian McCrabb of Sydney University, Australia: Digital Gandharan Texts – The Digital Framework for the Research and Publication of Gandhari Manuscripts and Inscriptions. Allon and McCrabb will introduce their exciting project to document and disseminate Gandharan texts and artefacts.
In conjunction with Gandhara scholars from the University of Washington (UW), Australian National University (ANU), Wilfred Laurier University, and other universities, Mark Allon and Ian McCrabb, both at University of Sydney (USYD), are leading the development of a digital framework (platform and methodology) for the collaborative research and publishing of Gandharan manuscripts and inscriptions, the foundation for their digital repatriation to the communities from which these important cultural artefacts originate. This presentation will give an account of these digital developments and digital repatriation strategy and their importance to the field of Gandharan studies.
Mark Allon is Chair of the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies at the University of Sydney. His primary research interests are the composition and transmission of early Buddhist literature, the ways in which texts have been used by Buddhist communities, and the Indic languages of early Buddhist texts (Pali, Gandhari, Sanskrit). He runs projects in Myanmar concerning Pali inscriptions at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay, and in Pakistan concerning Gandhari manuscripts. He is part of a team of scholars and digital humanists at the University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Washington, Stanford University and elsewhere developing digital capacity for the publication and study of Buddhist manuscripts and inscriptions, particularly those in Gandhari, Pali, and Sanskrit, e.g. Gandharan Buddhist Texts and the Journal of Gandharan Buddhist Texts.
Ian McCrabb is the founder and managing director of Systemik, a Sydney based IT consulting group. Systemik supports a portfolio of commercial and open-source humanities research platforms clustered around content transformation and text analysis. Ian is the founder and director of Prakas Foundation, a non-profit association which supports digital scholarship in Buddhist studies and Sanskritic languages. Prakas provides strategic planning and program management for platform developments. His dissertation Buddha Bodies and the Benefits of Relic Establishment: Insights from a Digital Framework for the Analysis of Formulaic Sequences in Gandhari Relic Inscriptions was focussed on the ritual practices and religious significance of relic establishment in Gandhara.
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Fozia Naz seminar: new discoveries at Gunyar
We are delighted to announce a special seminar within our Gandhara Connections programme, revealing fascinating new insights on Gandharan archaeology: 'Gunyar Village in Malakand District, Pakistan: New Discoveries in Buddhist Archaeology'.
These findings result from archaeological survey work carried out by Fozia Naz as part of her doctoral research at the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations, Qaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
The seminar will take place online via Microsoft Teams at 2pm BST on Wednesday 9th June, 2021. All are welcome to attend. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book and receive joining instructions. The event will also be recorded and will be available online afterwards.