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NMML Conference_Social Worlds of Pre-Modern Transactions Programme schedule_ June 5-6, 2014

by
in association with

Ms. Meera Visvanathan,
Ms. Mekhola Gomes
Ms. Anna Varghese
and

Mr. Digvijay Kumar Singh,
Doctoral Candidates,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.

Concept Note:

When we speak of transactions, the overwhelming tendency is to view them as dealings of an economic nature. In keeping with this, perhaps, there exists an extremely sophisticated body of work in Indian history that focuses on economic issues, whether religious benefactions, taxation or trade. But transactions also need people to execute them, and so, the social is involved in transactions from the beginning of time. Any study of such transactions will unfailingly become a study not only of commodities or items of exchange, but also the interactions and relationships between people that helped shape these cultures of exchange.

In emphasizing the ‘social worlds of premodern transactions’, we hope to focus attention on the social aspects of such encounters, on the forms of interaction that underlay the exchange of goods and service, that informed extractions and prestations, and that led to overlaps and borrowings in languages, ideas and practices.

In this workshop, we have sought to bring together students of ancient and medieval history to present their work, share ideas, and reflect upon a common theme. While our focus is on inscriptions, we have not restricted ourselves to them and welcome the use of a variety of approaches and sources. The papers in this workshop start from the historic period and extend into the medieval. They draw from different regions, but given the focus on inscriptions, it is perhaps not surprising that many of them are based in South India and the Deccan. At the same time, there are also discussion of the networks created by pilgrimage and trade which expand the sphere of interaction into Central Asia and the wider Indian Ocean world.

We hope that the conversations over these two days will not only broaden the discussion on social and economic history but also create the space for tracing certain patterns across regions and viewing them across time.

Program Schedule: Thursday, 5 June 2014

9.00 a.m. – 9.10 a.m.
Welcome:
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New Delhi
Introduction: Ms. Mekhola Gomes,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
9.10 a.m. - 10.10 a.m.
Chair:
Prof. Ranabir Chakravarti,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
Keynote Address: Prof. Y. Subbarayalu,
French Institute of Pondicherry,
Pondicherry.
‘Kudi and Kudumbin:
Landowners or landless cultivators?’
10.10 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Tea/Coffee
10.30 a.m.-12.00 p.m. Session I:
Chair: Prof. Upinder Singh,
University of Delhi,
Delhi
Speakers: Ms. Meera Visvanathan,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘The Law of the Land:
Locating the land grant in the early historic world’

Ms. Mekhola Gomes,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Expressions of power:
Representations of royalty within donative inscriptions in the Deccan, c. 3rd CE’
12.00 p.m.-1.00 p.m. Lunch
12.00 p.m.-1.00 p.m. Lunch
1.00 p.m.–2.30 p.m. Session II:
NMML
Chair and Discussant: Prof. P.K. Basant,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
New Delhi.
Speakers: Ms. Prachi Sharma,
Doctoral Candidate,
University of Delhi,
Delhi
‘Representations of Kingship:
Epic imagery in Kadamba inscriptions’


Ms. Sarah Pierce Taylor,
Doctoral Candidate,
University of Pennsylvania,
USA.
‘Entangled Records and Shared Spaces:
Śantara patronage of the Jain Aruṅgala Anvaya in 11-12th c. Pombucca’
Day 2
Friday, 6 June 2014
9.00 a.m. – 11.15 p.m Session III
Chair : Prof. Y. Subbarayalu, French Institute of Pondicherry,
Pondicherry
Speakers: Mr. Mahmood Kooria,
Doctoral Candidate,
Leiden University,
Leiden.
‘Doors and walls of Masjids:
The transregional cultural-economic landscapes of inscriptions in pre-modern Malabar’


Ms. Anna Varghese,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Performers of the sacred realm: Ritual performers in temples of medieval Kēraḷam’

Mr. Digvijay Kumar Singh,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
‘Patterns of Transactions at Malabar Ports, c.11th-14th centuries’
11.15 p.m. -11.30 a.m. Tea and Coffee
11.30 a.m. -1.00 p.m. Session IV
Chair: Prof. Uma Chakravarti,
Formerly at University of Delhi,
Delhi.
Speakers: Ms. Sanjukta Datta,
Doctoral Candidate,
University of Delhi
Delhi.
‘Ways to the Vajrasana:
The Tibetan approach (11th and 13th centuries)’


Ms. Sabarni Pramanik Nayak,
Basanti Devi College, Kolkata
‘Temple, Trader and Pentha in the Srikakulam-Vishakhapatnam region:
An epigraphical study (11th -15th century CE)’
1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Chair and Discussant: Mr. Digvijay Kumar Singh,
Doctoral Candidate,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi.
Speakers: Round Table discussion with Prof. Y. Subbarayalu, Prof. Upinder Singh, Prof. Ranabir Chakravarti, Prof. P. K. Basant, Prof. Uma Chakravarti and all participants.
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