♦ The Study of Asia: between Antiquity and Modernity

The Study of Asia:

between Antiquity

and Modernity

Symposium (10-12 June 2010)

Where: Rome, Caserma Sani, aula 8, thursday morning to saturday morning; Museo di Arte Orientale, saturday afternoon.

1 Sessions

1.1 Manuscript sources between textual criticism and codicology

Thursday 10 morning, 9-13.30

chairman: Camillo Formigatti


Arianna D’Ottone, History, Text and Images of a Codex. Some Notes on the Manuscript Vaticano arabo 368 adī Bayā wa Riyā.

Michela Clemente, From Manuscript to Xylograph: In the Search of Stylistic Models for the Identification of Tibetan Xylographs.

Mark Schneider (University of Amburgo, Forschergruppe Manuskriptkulturen in Asien und Afrika), The Difference Engine. Manuscripts, Media Change and Transmission of Knowledge in Pre-Modern Japan.

Kengo Harimoto (University of Amburgo, NGMCP), On Some Old Nepalese Manuscripts and their Dating.

Sara Kaczko, Classical Philology: Comparison, Written Text and Beyond (?).

Alessandro Graheli, Stemmatics (provisional title).

1.2 Thinking Literature. Emic and Etic Instruments?

Thursday 10 afternoon 14.30-19

chairman: Daniele Cuneo


Elisabetta Benigni, Arabic Literature and Western Canon: Notions of Literature across Time and Cultures.

Adheesh Sathaye (University of British Columbia), The Mahabharata as a Narrative Museum: Some Thoughts on the Power of Analogical Thinking in Studying the Great Sanskrit Epic.

Luca Milasi, History as it is or history ignored? The search for a new historical fiction in Meiji Japan.

Ilona Manewskaya (University of Manchester), Balancing between two worlds: Approaches to translation and interpretation of Tibetan medical didactic poetry and its commentarial tradition.

Elisa Ganser, “Thinking” dance “literature” from Bharata to Bharata Natyam.

1.3 ‘Western’ linguistics vs. ‘Eastern’ languages: structures, categories, methods

Friday 11 morning 9-13

chairman: Artemij Keidan


Luca Alfieri, La categoria dell’aggettivo in vedico: una prospettiva tipologica.

Artemij Keidan, How modern linguistics can help us to reconstruct the compositional history of Pāini’s grammar.

Leonid Kulikov (Università di Leida), What happened to the Proto-Indo-European case system, or What historical linguistics can tell us about the linguistic prehistory of Eurasia?

Carlo Vessella, Reconstructing phonologies of dead languages: the case of Late Greek.

1.4 The Development Question in Asia: Policies and Processes

Friday 11 afternoon 14-19

chairman: Matilde Adduci


Matilde Adduci, Neoliberal Policies, Patterns of Social Dominance and Social Exclusion in the Indian Sate of Orissa.

Claudia Castiglioni (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Economic Development and Political Authoritarianism: Pahlavi Iran and its Path to Modernization in the Framework of the Cold War.

Michela Cerimele (Università di Napoli L’Orientale), Production, Labour and Development in the era of Globalization. The Case of Vietnam.

Francesca Congiu (Università degli Studi di Cagliari), The Fear of Exclusion as a Fil-Rouge between Tradition and Modernity. Obstacles to the Organization of a Labour Movement in Taiwan.

Simona Lanzoni, Microfinance and Empowerment, New Perspectives in the Indian Subcontinent.

Valentina Prosperi, Labour Relations and Labour Conditions among Migrant Construction Workers. The Case of Delhi.

1.5 Earliest Texts. How to interpret them?

Saturday 12 morning 9-13

chairman: Elena Mucciarelli


Frank Koehler (università di Marburgo), gveda 1.160: The enigma of revealing and concealing identities.

Paola Rossi (università di Milano), Interpreting the term śakti- in the Vedic context.

Luca Picardi (università di Napoli), Tri sapta and ekaviśa/ti in the Vedic Literature: an insight into numbers, ritual and symbolism.

Rosaria Compagnone (università di Napoli), The Pādmasahitā in the Pāñcarātra tradition: how texts and tradition are linked one to another?

1.6 Sources and Artistic Representation

Saturday 12 afternoon – Museo di Arte Orientale – 14.30-18.30

chairman: Cristina Bignami


Laura Giuliano, Śiva e il sacrificio: studi sull’antica iconografia śaiva alla luce delle testimonianze monetarie.

Cristina Bignami (università di Milano), Le cacciatrici indiane: dee, ninfe, regine.

Elena Preda (università di Bologna), Le rāgamālā della scuola pittorica di Sirohi: nuove scoperte.

Chiara Bellini (università di Bologna), Tradizione o innovazione? Sviluppi dell’arte buddhista himalayana nel XXI secolo.

Sabrina Ciolfi (università di Milano), Il cinema popolare hindi: strutture narrative ed elementi di continuità con la tradizione.

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