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Goddesses

Hindu goddesses and Christian theology: With special attention to two Tamil hymns in the antati style

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 15:15
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First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X.

What do we learn from the iconography of the goddess

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sanjukta Gupta
Date: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 11:45
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First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sanjukta

The devotion to and puissance of beauty: The case of the Saundaryalahari

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Nilima Chitgopekar
Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 16:15
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Nilima Chitgopekar is Associate Professor of History in the Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has written books dealing with the Shaiva pantheon which include, Encountering Sivaism: The Deity, the Milieu, the Entourage (Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers), and The Book of Durga (Penguin), and edited Invoking Godesses: Gender Politics in Indian Religion (Shakti Books). Her forthcoming title, Rudra:The Idea of Shiva (Penguin), a fictionalised biography of Shiva, will be released in June 2005.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Nilima

Images and ideas of the goddess in the Hindu tradition

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Mandakranta Bose
Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 13:00
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Prof. Mandakranta Bose (Emeritus Professor, Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia, Canada)

The idea of Devi, the goddess on whom all creation depends for both protection and nurture, is fundamental to the Hindu way of life. This profound philosophical idea found powerful expression in Hindu myths from early times, influencing both religion and culture in South Asia.
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Mandakranta

Making room for the goddess: A theology of Sri in fourteenth-century South India

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2007 - 16:15
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While Vedanta Desika (fourteenth century, South India), as a Srivaisnava Hindu, was a member of a tradition with the greatest respect for the Goddess Sri, in his era there was still lively debate about her precise status in relationship to the supreme deity, Narayana.

In his Srimad Rahasyatrayasara, Desika pushes for a complete acceptance of Sri as the eternal consort of Narayana, an indispensable equal participant in the divine work of enabling human salvation.
 
Though in many ways a theological conservative and defender of traditional orthodoxy, Desika here shows himself to be radical
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X.

The power of divine beauty: A study of the Saundaryalahari

Lecture Type: 
Wahlstrom Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Nilima Chitgopekar
Date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 16:15
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Among the varied ways of worshipping a goddess, the chanting of her eulogy is favoured by many a devotee and the existence of a wide range of such litanies are part of India’s religious tradition.

 
The Saundaryalahari, of the 9th–10th century, probably falsely attributed to Shankaracharya, is one such grand prayer. Can the explicit delineation of beauty, rampant in this text, be a path to mukti? In this case what are the ramifications for the worshipper? The Saundaryalahari deals with esoteric cults such as Srividya and its technicalities.
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Nilima

The "Hindu" Goddess and Indian modernity

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
Date: 
Thursday, May 15, 2008 -
09:30 to 17:30
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Professor Sumathi

The Lion of Durga

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Dr Jim Robinson
Date: 
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 14:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Dr Robinson did his D.Phil. research on the Worship of Clay Images in West Bengal. An important part of this was the study of Hindu iconography and the festivals of West Bengal, including Durga puja. Recently he has become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is working on an article on an ivory figure of Durga in the V&A which was part of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Photographs taken during fieldwork in Bengal and amongst the Bengali community in the UK are now in the British Museum Asia collection and in the archives of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

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Dr Jim

The origins and development of Shaktism

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Bjarne Wernicke Olesen
Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 14:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

This seminar will explore traditions focused on the Goddess and examine the boundaries of Shakta traditions. The seminar will examine different kinds of Shakta tradition, those within the boundary of Brahmanical orthodoxy and those outside of that boundary. The seminar will raise critical questions about tradition, about etic and emic accounts, and about the relation of Indology to Anthropology.

First name (inc. titles): 
Bjarne Wernicke