Greater Magadha: Evaluation and Retrospective
An online symposium to discuss the Greater Magadha hypothesis of Johannes Bronkhorst
May 6 - 9, 2021  ·  University of Alberta (online)

Conference theme

In his 2007 book Greater Magadha, Johannes Bronkhorst proposed a new theory for the historical formation of Indian culture in the mid-first millennium BCE. The theory proposed that a cultural and geographical area, Greater Magadha, was settled by an early group of Indo-European speakers.  A different group of Indo-European speakers, carriers of Vedic culture, subsequently encountered the Greater Magadhans to the east and the resultant cultural meeting gave rise to the main features known in later Indian history.  The Greater Magadha theory addresses many deep problems about the early formation of Indian culture that have long puzzled historians.  It has been widely accepted, but has also given rise to serious criticism.  This symposium will bring together some of the principal scholars who have engaged with the theory to discuss and retrospectively evaluate the theory just over a decade after it was proposed.


Agenda
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Prof. Dominik Wujastyk
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Greater Magadha
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Brahmins, Ascetics, and the Constitution of Caste in Greater Magadha
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The 'Great Indo-Aryan Divide' and what it can tell us about the prehistory of South Asia
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Testing the Greater Magadha Hypothesis on the Mahābhārata: Two narratives from the Tīrthayātraparvan
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Understanding Indian population history through ancient DNA and connections to linguistic hypotheses
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Vedic Causality Before the Upaniṣads
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Kosala and the Origins of World-renunciation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
What Made Magadha Great? Contextualization for an Intellectual History of Greater Magadha
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Vedic Assimilation of the Magadhan in the Atharvavedic Vrātya?
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Yājñavalkya's teaching in context
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The New Brahmanism without Greater Magadha
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Pre-History of Greater Magadha: Monsoon Asian Perspectives
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Speakers
Sponsors

Times in the agenda are given in the Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) time-zone for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (also called UTC-6h).  You can use TimeBuddy to check your local time.

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