Eastern Resonances 2. India and the Far East

Organised at the University of Paris Diderot  Paris 7


LARCA (EA 4214)  University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7

IRCL (UMR 5186)  University of Montpellier 3




5 December 2013: Amphi Turing, bâtiment Sophie Germain, Université Paris Diderot

9.00-9.15: Welcome address by François Brunet (LARCA, University of Paris 7)


Session 1. Origins

Chair: Ladan Niayesh (LARCA, University of Paris 7)

9.15-10.15: Keynote Speaker: Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University): “Biographical Boundary Crossings: Discoveries of ‘Hindustan’ in the Baburnama and Humayunnama in the Sixteenth Century”


10.15-10.45: coffee break


10.45-11.15: Supriya Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University, Kolkata): “‘Not fit for any other pursuit’: Shifting Places, Shifting Identities in Early Travellers to India”


11.15-11.45: Nandini Das (University of Liverpool): “Goa, 1583”


12.15-2.00: lunch


Session 2. Linguistic Journeys

Chair: Allan Potofsky (LARCA, University of Paris 7)

2.00-2.30: Olivera Jokic (John Jay College, City University of New York): “The Traffic of Literature between Britain and India”


2.30-3.00: Philippe Benoît (INALCO, Paris): “The Calcutta Government Sanskrit College”


3.30-4.00: coffee break


4.00-4.30: Fabrizio Speziale (Université de Paris 3 – CNRS): “Colonial Readers of Indo-Persian Scientific Texts: 1770-1830”


End: 4.45


6 December 2013: Amphi Turing, bâtiment Sophie Germain, Université Paris Diderot

Session 3. Individual Journeys

Chair: Robert Mankin (LARCA, University of Paris 7)

9.00-10.00: Keynote Speaker: Michael Franklin (University of Swansea): “‘Endued with a natural disposition to resonance and sympathy’: Sir William Jones and the Cultural Translation of India”


10.00-10.30: coffee break


Chair: Jean-Marie Fournier (LARCA, University of Paris 7)

10.30-11.00: Tatjana Silec et Alessandra Stazzone (Université de Paris 4): “Le Voyage en Inde, ou comment se forger une réputation professionnelle: du Voyage dans les Indes orientales du bijoutier vénitien Gasparo Balbi (1590) au Voyage de Ralph Fitch dans les Indes (1591)"


11.00-11.30: Nick Myers (Université de Montpellier 3): "An Englishman at the Court of Jahangir: Sir Thomas Roe's Embassy to India (1615-1619)"


12.00-2.00: lunch


Session 4. Conceptual Journeys

Chair: Guillaume Bridet (University of Dijon)

2.00-2.30: Arthur Dudney (Oxford University): “Calcutta Orientalists and the Conceptual Problem of China, 1785-1825”


2.30-3.00: Milinda Banerjee (Presidency University, Kolkata): “Resonances of Kingship in Crisis. Transcultural Ideas about Government in Bengal, Britain and France in the 18th century”


3.30-4.00: coffee


Evening: Conference dinner in town


7 December 2013: Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité Universitaire

Session 5. Material Journeys

Chair: Claire Gallien (IRCL, University of Montpellier 3)

9.00-9.30: Anne Julie Etter (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7): “De l’Inde à la Grande Bretagne: les recherches sur les antiquités indiennes à la fin du XVIIIe siècle”


9.30-10-00: Vanessa Alayrac (Université de Lille 3): “Du taoïsme au sensualisme: variations sur un thème chinois dans l’esthétique du jardin anglo-chinois en Angleterre au XVIIIème siècle”


10.30-11.00: coffee break


11.00-11.30: Alexandra Kim (Kensington Palace Collection): “The Curse of the Nabob: Considering Indian Influences on Fashion in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries”


11.30-12.00: Willam Hawley (Santa Barbara): “Resonances of Adidiction: Far Eastern Drugs as Commodities”


12.30-2.00: lunch


Session 6. Literary Journeys

Chair: Claire Joubert (University of Paris 8)

2.00-2.30: Audrey Truschke (Stanford University): "The Colonial Afterlife of Mughal Persian Translations of the Sanskrit Epics"


2.30-3.00: Madhu Benoit (University of Grenoble 3): “The Historical and Cultural Resonances of the Work of Sir William Jones”


3.30-4.00: coffee break


4.00-4.30: Diego Saglia (University of Parma): “'A Mart for Everything': Packaging and Distributing India in Letitia Landon's Drawing-Room Scrap Book”


Discussion and conclusions


End: 5.00



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