Apologies for the long absence from posting. As academics we are all to familiar with the amount of work from all sorts of places that gets piled on. I wanted to kick this post off by picking up on Malcolm’s post about India, especially the conference at RMIC.
First I wanted to note that the conference at the RMIC in Kolkata, which focused on Mind, Knowledge, and Reality, was the first in a series of conferences that I and Jay are aiming to organize together. It is important to note that both the topics and methodology of the first conference are not at all indicative of a research paradigm of content or method. The central goal that Jay and I have as a vision for having a conference at RMIC every year or every other year in January is to focus on cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary engagement. Sometimes that might look more like analytic philosophy + Nyāya, something we might all be a little tired of, other times it might look like phenomenology + buddhism. For example, for the next conference we are considering having the discussion be on : Attention, Causation, and Suffering. Where we focus on phenomenological accounts of attention and suffering in relation to classical Indian philosophical accounts of attention and suffering while discussing causation in psychiatry and Indian philosophy. And I can easily imagine future conferences that aim simply to discuss issues about the history of Indian philosophy, Sanskrit studies, and continental philosophy. The aim is to get people from different cultural zones of philosophy to engage with other disciplines and each other with the hopes of having an enlightening conversation that showcases new work across various levels, from novice to expert.
Second I wanted to note that although we are trying our hardest to have a regular spot in India, such as the RMIC, we are open to other centers in India for future conferences. On this very trip I made it out to Kerala, to the Sree Sankaracharaya University of Sanskrit. I also think this is a great place to hold a conference, and then head either to the ocean or the mountains of Kerala.
Third, I want to use Indian philosophy blog comments thread or perhaps an email list to construct a conversation with other scholars working in the area about: (i) what topics would be of interest to them for a conference in India? (ii) what locations in India would be interesting? (iii) what dates are best in January for going to India?
I am attaching a short video: https://youtu.be/6EJ3PLEMd6k
In case you want to get a sense of some of the places I went and what it was like. I went to Santiniketan as well to give a talk, and I also believe this would be an inspirational place for a conference.
Glad to be back. Will be posting more soon!