The above-mentioned study-week is aimed at disseminating and critically examining the relevance of Indian theories of art/literature with special reference to “Rasa”, “Dhvani”, “Auchitya” and Vakyapadiya. In Indic civilizational traditions, all kinds of Indian systems of knowledge or jnana/vijnana, including theories and practices of art/literature are firmly grounded in the ethical-spiritual polycentric discourses of “dharma” (one of the untranslatable terms that characterise the Indic worldview) that, inter alia, signifies, righteousness/duty/morality/ spirituality/justice etc. Another loaded term that lies at the core of Indic theories of literature/art is “purushartha” (or the primary objective, of life). Moreover, the socio-cultural-spiritual significance of literature or art is further reinforced in most of the theories of art/literature that overtly as well as covertly emphasize that literary/artistic representations should help human beings attain the four purusharthas ( the primary objectives of life, that is, dharma or righteousness, artha or political economy including generation of wealth, kama or desire, and moksha or liberation). Moreover, Indian Theories of Literature/Art, because of their holistic and inclusive nature, do not admit of being classified into two oppositional categories – marga (shastra) and desi (loka) or classical and folk.
Needless to say, Indian theories of literature/art include and explain the representational dynamics of all human situations where questions of caste, class, religion, gender, race, place, culture, nation, ecology etc in a holistic , and not in an anthropocentric , manner. Thus, Indian theories of art/literature (or Indian poetics) viz, “Rasa”, “Dhvani”, “Auchitya”, and the theories of meaning described in Vakroktijivitam and Vakyapadiya are interdisciplinary, both in their amazingly logical conceptualization as well as their application to all kinds of literary/artistic representations in their multiple contexts. Indian theories of literature, in this sense, may be said to be universally applicable because of their emphasis on “samagra evam ekatma-jeevan-darshan” ( integral and holistic worldview) and appeal that are free from any kind of ideological bias or bigotry. Suffice to say, the Indian theories of meaning/art/literature are not the products of dogmatic ideological narratives or “isms” that characterize such Euro-Americo-centric critical theories/approaches as modernism/postmodernism/ left/new left/liberal/feminism/post-feminism/structuralism/post- structuralism/historicism/new-historicism/ colonialism/post colonialism/humanism/post-humanism/post- truth (ism?)/ nationalism/post-nationalism or globalism etc that are imposed on the institutionalized structures of learning and research all over the world as only available universal discourses in order to strengthen and perpetuate Euro-Americo-centric cultural hegemony.
Method of Selection of Participants:-
Only 25 candidates will be invited to attend the Study-Week on the basis of the evaluation of their “Abstracts” and their engagement with Indian theories of literature/art.
The aspiring participants (young researchers and teachers situated in colleges and Universities in India) may write their “Abstracts” (Minimum- 500 words) on the following broad themes/topics related to the Concept-Note of the Study- Week:--
A limited number of participants will be invited for the Study Week. Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500 words) of the proposed paper along with their brief bio (of around 200 words) to:
The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 17th February, 2019 till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send invitation letters to selected participants by
25th February, 2019. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 25th March, 2019. Style sheet for the submission of papers may be downloaded from the IIAS website http://www.iias.ac.in/ content/shss.
IIAS, Shimla, will be glad to extend its hospitality during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.
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